The topic for this week’s Illustration Friday is “secret’. My painting is based on a photo I took of a young maiko (apprentice geisha) in Japan earlier this year. Waiting outside the red lanterned geisha house for her onee-san (teacher) there was something about the furtive glance which opened a channel into her secret world of dance, tea ceremony and the art of casual conversation.
Elusive by day, the geisha are an occasional scurrying blur as they glide the streets to perform their daytime errands. By night their world is one of high culture, performance and story telling. Secret.
June 18th, 2012 Richard