Comic Actor #2
Painting inspired by watching kyogen (comic play) in Japan earlier this year. The Japanese are usually very reserved, so it was a lot of fun watching these actors putting everything into their facial expressions and movements. This was a famous theatre at Gion Corner in Tokyo.
In this painting I am trying to capture a diagonal light from above, accentuating the lines and features of this wonderfully Japanese face… the pose was on the front foot, the actor reacting in surprise to an event which had just occurred.