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The Power of Glow

Interplay 280 x 330 mm Coloured pencils February 2015

Interplay
280 x 330 mm
Coloured pencils
February 2015

I have been playing with electricity.

Neon and Paper 250 x 265 mm. Coloured pencils. February 2015

Neon and Paper
250 x 265 mm.
Coloured pencils.
February 2015

In all three drawings I have employed a layer of white underneath the colours of the lanterns in order to create a ‘glow’ effect.

Minamiza Lantern Coloured pencils 280 x 330 mm January 2015

Minamiza Lantern
Coloured pencils
280 x 330 mm
January 2015

It was like a light-bulb moment when I had the idea to underlay with white.  “Power to the pencil” (to be sung to the tune of “Power to the People” by John Lennon).  “Right on.”

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The Art of Elegance

The Art of Elegance My drawing of Katsutomo with lanterns.

The Art of Elegance
My drawing of Katsutomo with lanterns.

For the past several weeks while I have been stressing about my upcoming exhibition, I have also been working on this drawing which I finally finished yesterday.  I took the photo for this drawing in Kyoto about two months ago.  The source photo was a candid shot of Katsutomo taken ‘on the run’ so to speak -point and shoot – no time to do more than that. As luck would have it, I caught exactly what I wanted.  I have written several times in the past how I enjoy playing the game of chance.  I like to photograph in the street as I never know what to expect and what riches I might find.

Katsutomo was returning from a dance performance (called Gokagai) hence the white gloves. With these gloves, Katsutomo’s outfit reminds me of gorgeous 1950s fashions and I particularly think of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Maiko and geiko are a favourite subject of mine, as are lanterns.  How pleased I was to have both Katsutomo and lanterns together in one frame!

The source photo

The source photo

Maybe you would like to see the original photo so that you can compare with the drawing.   I do not try to ‘copy’ a photo but to make something completely new and better.  The photo is simply the (very important) starting point.

It occurs to me that as maiko and geiko personify art – (they BECOME art when they dress as they do and perform the traditional Japanese arts) – the drawing could just as easily have been called “The Elegance of Art” as “The Art of Elegance”.    Here is a drawing with an interchangeable title!

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