"Maiko Satohana", won 1st place in the Winter 2013 Charvin Painting Contest!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I became much more interested in painting from life than drawing from life in Japan in 2012, nevertheless, I still took out the sketchbook from time to time. These are a some of the drawings I made.
bare sakura tree in autumn in Pontocho, one of the most famous Kyoto geisha districts
sakura blooms in Aomori
part of a temple in Tokyo
Rodin bust in at an exhibition in Tokyo
another Rodin bust in Tokyo
Van Dyck study and hand study at the National Musueum of Art- Tokyo
Monday, April 15, 2013
I had the pleasure of seeing this apprentice geisha, Maiko Kanoyumi, perform a dance with a parasol in Kyoto, Japan in March 2013. She is a senior maiko, which means she is on the verge of becoming a geisha or geiko as they prefer to be called in Kyoto. I did a charcoal study of her on toned paper and then did an oil painting of her performance with a Japanese parasol (kyowagasa).
11" x 14" charcoal study on toned paper
"Kyowagasa" - 17" x 19" oil painting on wood panel
Warmer weather is beginning to arrive in the valley where Kyoto lies and the temperature is perfect for painting outdoors. Here are a few paintings I've done over the past couple of weeks in the various districts of Kyoto.
plein air painting in Arashiyama, about 45 minutes by bike from my apartment. The sakura were just starting to fall off the trees
bridge to Arashiyama
Daikumo-in - 6" x 11" plein air painting in Higashiyama
This is a really unique part of a temple in the Higashiyama neighborhood. It resembles the enormous, traditonal wooden floats that are built every year for the Gion Matsuri, one of Japan's largest festivals.
Ume (plum blossoms) in bloom at Kitano Shrine.