#4 Geisha 2-v2 in color

Art Resolutions is the third year of an evolving resolution to elevate every day by looking at art and creativity as a life’s philosophy.

Geisha got enthusiastically cropped the first time I imported her into the digital painting program. Face, front and center, she likes her make up. Still channeling Modigliani but there are hints of friend, Toni Riccardi, and Janet Becker, a coworker in college.

Before I abandoned this study to recrop and import the entire original, I painted her face and began to experiment with her kimono. The switchback pattern may make it one of the most interesting aspects of the final composition. But in this study, I followed Helen’s advice–and left it once I had something I liked. The light violet swath of hair on the left, her harlequin lips and the switchback pleased me–and I stopped.




About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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