“Vertical Hierarchy” is my latest drawing of a lamp and lantern pair which hang in a narrow lane in Kyoto called Pontocho. Since 2006 I have made six different drawings of the lamp and lantern in daylight, dusk and night. Though the lamp has been the same over the years, I notice there have been two different lanterns hung underneath during this time. This drawing is from a photo I took in November 2010.
I photographed the work several times to show its progression. The drawing took exactly three weeks. Here it is. Click on images if you want to see the details more clearly.
As usual, I had much trouble finishing this picture to my satisfaction. It took a great deal of trial and error to get the balance right with the tones. The red lantern did not look like it was glowing until I soaked the area around it in green. Then all of a sudden, it found its own light source. Note the difference in colour of the wall panel to the left of the red lantern in no.5 to the finished work below. That reddish panel of no. 5 had to become much cooler (green overcoat) and darker to make the red lantern come out.
What fascinated me about this particular composition was the interplay between the upper sunlit surfaces with the deep shadows of the narrow lane below. The lamp and lantern only gave out faint light because of the surrounding daylight. These are the shadows of a cool time of year; autumn.
To see all six lanterns together please turn to my “Subject 5: Lantern Set” page.
The post I wrote relating to this drawing is Art Personality Disorder.