This is the final painting I did for the "How To Paint a Girl", e-course by Juliette Crane. This is the second class I have taken from her, she does a great job of breaking down the elements so anyone can follow and create art they can be proud of. If you are a perfectionist like me and felt stuck when creating then you will definitely enjoy her courses. Once I saw the creative process broken down and how it morphs or changes I felt much more at ease. Paint is forgiving ... and once I realized that, my artistic door was open-wide open!
I never knew I could experiment with paint on a canvas, I thought once you were playing with canvas you had better know what you were doing. NOPE, I play and try things out and I am a MUCH better artist because of it.
This is my Organic Girl, I let the background guide me and take me on her journey. I had not intentionally set out to paint a little Geisha, but that is who she wanted to be.
The Background definitely changed a lot
But once I found her eyes, I could see where she was
taking me. The outline for her hair was already in place
painting it black was the next step
I really like the look on her face
I see it as innocent and sweet, but she also
looks like she is trying not to smile when she
really wants to!
In Japanese culture a girl could start learning to
be a Geisha as early as age 4.
Despite the stereotypes Geisha's,
they are not prostitutes,
though some were considered as such prior to WWII
The most literal English translation would be
Artist, Artisan, or Performing Artist
as they learn very skilled Dances,
musical instruments, recite poetry etc.
They were/are often hired to
perform at company functions or high class social
Details make a difference. I like to add a 3D
aspect when I can ...toothpicks are great for this.
Geisha used to be very popular and at one time
80,000 were in abundance. Now days it is estimated
that there are only 1000-2000 left.
Its hard to know for sure as they live private
lives in quite areas of the community.
I had a lot of fun creating her
and learning a bit more about the lifestyle of the traditional
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