Saturday, March 22, 2014

geisha in watercolor

Last year I taught English at a "Japanese" school (not actually in Japan, I should note).  The principal asked me to make a painting for it.  I really struggled with what I would paint because I tend to gravitate toward sort of intense emotive portraits which my mom describes as "schreklich" and "geistlich".  So, I settled for a geisha doing a fan dance, using a snapshot from the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha".  It wasn't very original (There are literally a dozen paintings on the internet of this particular film shot), but it was a great opportunity to practice my watercolor techniques.