Art Resolutions is a 2015 self-imposed charge to create an artistic study each day for a year. Welcome to Day 6.
Long ago in another lifetime I did weekly restaurant reviews on television. I met interesting people and received many tokens of gratitude–after the fact. One treasured remembrance was a porcelain decanter of plum wine. I call him my samurai, but he is probably modeled after a classical actor of the Japanese theatre. The last samurai (or only one in my house) became the subject of my daily study. I nearly introduced watercolor wash into this sketch. The figurine is dressed in a warm persimmon kimono and dark bittersweet trousers. A touch of grass green obi and a bittersweet accent circling his headress. I resisted the urge as I am still reacquainting myself and experimenting with the various techniques of shading. For today, my Japanese gentleman is immortalized in pale grey to intense charcoal. The color will come another day.