Whew - I finally got this finished. It was worth taking the time - I'm thrilled with it, and the kimono turned out beautifully. Mom is dressed as an Edo era Geisha. Her kimono has a checked pattern with Sakura (Cherry blossoms) on it. Checks and geometric patterns were quite popular during this era. Her little kitten is dressed as a Kamuro, a kind of maid and courtesan-in-training. The butterflies are inspired by two butterflies from an ukiyoe of kabuki actors. I couldn't resist adding this little detail - I think they add a lot of whimsy and a sense of energy to the painting. This painting is available on ebay now - please click here!