Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Immortal Geishas

I and a Canadian friend created a group a few year's ago in which we exchange/swap watercolor paintings every 3-4 months between the membership. This is my painting for my partner this time. It's the first time I've tried an Asian-influenced painting and it's not an original composition but something based on a painting I saw that was a Chinese painting from centuries ago. I've always intended to study Chinese brush painting but never had the discipline to practice the strokes :(

I think I've caught the Asian bug since I've been doing a series of geisha and studying the life of geisha from various books available. If you are interested in learning the reality of the life, check out for tips on makeup, lifestyle, training, and what a geisha actually is (she is NOT a prostitute).

Here are some paintings I've done in the series so far. These are all 1/4 sheet (11 x 15 inches) watercolor paintings.

I am working on several more using different techniques.


Irina said...

This is so very interesting. I find it to be great idea to look back into the past to see the progress and varieties of the artist. I like your Asian experiments very much!

jane minter said...

rhonda i'm glad you made a link back ...such beautiful brushwork :)..belated happy 5th anniversary ! ..will take time to look your asian and geishia paintings

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Irina and Jane. I was very much into geishas for a while a few year's back - it is interesting to see what one was doing years ago. The blog is another way to document that :)