Geisha walking

I was trawling Pinterest again for inspiration when I saw a board full of geishas and Japanese women in kimonos.  

I decided to practice my kimono painting and sketched this one up. The whole process was a little bit drawn out for me. I felt like I was really pulling at something that was there but didn't want to work. I think this treading water feeling was most apparent when I finished my pencil sketch and didn't know what to do next.  

Pencil sketch done.  

Pencil sketch done.  

At this point I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it...but I recall reading somewhere before some wise person's saying: "done is better than perfect". So I decided to color in the sketch then head to bed.  

 

Sketched cleaned up and coloured in - first pass.  

Sketched cleaned up and coloured in - first pass.  

And with that I went to bed hoping that the next day I could get back to it with more clarity.  

The following morning I looked at the painting and this magical clarity and inspiration that I wished for was as close to me as my cat was to speaking English. Still, 'done is better than perfect' and I wanted to push off and finish it so I could move on. Turns out, that was the right decision.  

 

Final version

Final version

I decided to paint in my first background so this figure would have some context. But it really wasn't the way I wanted it to turn out. Still, I'll take what small wins I can get and learn what I can. My take aways from this work is that you can't just wait around for inspiration to fall into your lap. It's just plain Ol' action that gets you going. Keep moving, keep moving. That what gets things done. My win is that I finished it and that I was able to paint another figure of a favorite subject.  

Until the next one, gotta keep moving.