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I watched a PBS [Public Broadcasting Network] TV Special years ago on Japan’s National Treasures. One episode was on Kabuki, the stylized dance of Japan. The cast is still all male from tradition. The national treasure was a dancer that specialized in the female geisha parts. He had been trained since childhood and was passing his craft on to a new generation. My Geisha is not beautiful, but I have tryed to capture the drama and color of a wonderful form of theater.

Here’s a good youtube video that shows what an expressive art form Kabuki is.

Kabuki video


  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    Now, that’s what I’m talking about ! Your artwork blows me away! Keep it up! :)

  • Thank You Ming, I hope I haven’t crossed over the line on this and ‘Diva’. The jury is still out in my head. Don’t hesitate to tell me if this is so. I take criticism well :-D, and this is a learning experience for me.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • bernard lacoque
    bernard lacoqueover 5 years ago

    Superb work. The arrangement of colors is perfect.

  • Thank You Bernard, read what I wrote to Ming. I respect your opinion too. I’m at a crossroad, I don’t know whether to pursue this over decorative look or start simplifying.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • bernard lacoque
    bernard lacoqueover 5 years ago

    Norval all is perfect : the blue gradation , the kimono sleeves, the posture of the actor….

  • Thank you Bernard

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen anyone work with color the way you do – INCREDIBLE!

  • Thank You Marsha, I didn’t really start working with color to much until a little over a year ago. Eugenia Bacon encouraged me to go all out and brighten up. Years ago when I was doing teenage stuff [airbrush lettering] I used bright color, but pretty much formula combinations out of airbrush books and some sets of books I had from Japan on color combinations. Now, with the computer I can just throw them on and if they don’t work——-delete. Thats why I admire the painters on here so much——-no delete button, start over or live with mud. I had too many years of that :-D——-I like my computer, even if I do cuss it when it freezes up on me all the time.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 5 years ago

    your geisha is beautiful, and you have most definitely captured the drama and theatrical colors wonderfully…. this is a beautiful work of art, norval… : )

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...over 5 years ago

    Thank you Mimi

  • sarahhoffman
    sarahhoffmanover 5 years ago

    Incredible Norval…i read “memoirs of a Geisha” and you have captured it beautifully!

  • I haven’t read it, meant to, I need to get out more and get back to going back to the library. The nearest is 30 miles and I don’t drive so good anymore. Thank you for your comment and Geisha is definitely back on my reading list.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 5 years ago
    This is stunning! You did a great job on this ,


  • Thanks Kevin

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • MyheART
    MyheARTover 5 years ago

    wow…so beautiful..love the colors:)

  • Thank you. Besure to see Banrai’s Geisha he put on this morning. Wonderful contrast, mine—-theatrical, his———-beautiful understaement. Like Japan.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    When I was fourteen (1964) I played the part of a little slave in a local production of The Mikado. I had to crawl around the stage carrying KoKo’s beheading sword; the dancers were always worried in case they stood on me :) This reminds me of Katisha and brings a lot of happy memories flooding back.

  • That’s neat, I love Gilbert and Sullivan, I’ve seen the Mikado over and over and still love it. I love theatrical lighting and old movies, I think that’s why my color is near gaudy if it doesn’t cross the line sometimes. But that’s the fun of it. I like bringing back memories with my pictures. People dream in color———I remember in color.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

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