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Acrylic, and gold leaf on paper.

This work started out as therapy. I was applying the background in swirls and with my hands, throwing paint at the canvas and using many different paintbrush’s, it was an eratic outpouring of emotions. When I stood back and looked at it, I saw this serene geisha appearing out of the swirling chaos. It was so calming, I don’t know what she is dreaming about. Some of the composition was worked out with the help of photoshop.


calm, colours, dreams, emotions, gardens, geisha, japan, swirls, women

I am an artist from the North Coast of NSW, utilizing my Graphic Design skills to generate thought processes in Adobe Photoshop. I then translate my designs onto canvas using mixed media, ie acrylic, ink, pastel, gold leaf etc. I also work intuitively with colour straight onto the canvas letting the flow of paint dictate the composition. I can relate to the Bowerbird, as I am drawn to blues and turquoises, collecting my treasures from the artists universe to produce my work.

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    oh Cate, she’s lovely….you must also put her in JapanFluence Group!!!
    i love how she came out of nowhere, just emerging from the paint,
    it gives me the goosebumps :)

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 6 years ago

    Thanks Karin yeah it was really weird, and really nice at the same time that she came from a lot of turmoil and she is so peaceful.

  • mcquaid
    mcquaidover 6 years ago

    From soul to mind to hand to actual being.the beauty of the human condition.Great work Regards.

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 6 years ago

    Thanks mcquaid

  • thickblackoutline
    thickblackoutlineover 6 years ago

    this is amazing!! the colours are stunning!

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 6 years ago

    Thank you thickblackoutline so kind of you

  • Jennifer Vickers
    Jennifer Vickersover 6 years ago

    she is very cool….she looks in a state a zen

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 6 years ago

    lol thanks jennifer

  • AtaAlishahi
    AtaAlishahiover 6 years ago

    ohh wow, this is amazing, Love the colors and consept :)

  • Thankyou Ata

    – Cate Townsend

  • AnnieD
    AnnieDover 6 years ago

    Great work! I love the story of how this work was created. Such subconcious beauty! Well done!

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