Category Archives: lanterns

Fascination: Maiko, Geiko, Kyoto

From September 17th to October 2nd 2016, Robyn Varpins and I open the doors to our art exhibition Fascination: Maiko, Geiko, Kyoto celebrating maiko and geiko (geisha) of Kyoto. Maiko and geiko are practitioners of the traditional arts of Japan.  … Continue reading

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Fantastic Voyage

“Fantastic Voyage” is about one’s artistic journey.  In Pontocho it is this young lady’s misedashi; her first day as a maiko.  (Metaphorically, her obi is rather like a sail and she a glorious sailing ship setting out.)  The strong diagonal lines … Continue reading

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Winter Light

Anxiety went into this drawing.  As I have written in past posts, some drawings just glide to the finish line with ease.  Not this one.  It was a real struggle. Colours were pushed and pulled, added to, subtracted, and modified … Continue reading

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A New Day in Gion

While I waited for Katsutomo-san to come out of her okiya on the second day of her Erikae, I took in my surroundings.  Looking north up Hanamikoji dori, I saw the bobbing red lanterns and the red stop sign, itself … Continue reading

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The Power of Glow

I have been playing with electricity. In all three drawings I have employed a layer of white underneath the colours of the lanterns in order to create a ‘glow’ effect. It was like a light-bulb moment when I had the … Continue reading

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Quality Control

Uh oh!  How did it come to this?   A couple of hours ago it had been intact. I had been completely happy with this drawing.  After I finished it I called it “Interplay” and filed it away.   My plan … Continue reading

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