My latest online class for everyone is called, “Sumi-e Painting: Serenity and Simplicity.” It’s absolutely free, and it’s designed to de-stress your mind and to celebrate the coming of spring – yay!
In this class, you’ll learn to paint a variation of the ancient Asian art form called Sumi-e in a simple way that anyone can do. It’s fun and relaxing, even if your bamboo leaves end up looking like bananas. 🙂
The class opened on Monday, and right now there are 90 people signed up, painting graceful bamboo stalks and wild orchid grass. I’m getting lots of favorable responses!
There is a joy in providing a no-cost chance to be creative that money can’t begin to buy – honest!
One of my favorite responses came from a participant who wrote:
“My friend was asking me about some painting tutorials and where to get started. I told her about (your) lotus book tutorial and how much fun it was. Your free painting video arrived today in my email has been a great way to show her what you are doing.
We had great progress and successfully completed the tutorial this afternoon.”
“The first photo shows (my friend’s) work from start to finish and you can see the progression after we practiced and how quickly we got some good results with your excellent instruction.” – – – (Wow, thanks!!)
I told her how much I loved their work – and how nice (especially these days) to get to paint together with a friend.
She wrote back:
“I did two little cards on some scrap watercolor paper. We were using the same watercolor paper as you demonstrated with. I even found a little stamp that we dipped in red watercolor for chop mark.
I actually had a stone chop made when I was in Taiwan in 1978 but I really couldn’t put my hands on it this afternoon. It has my name in Chinese carved into it with an ox figure on top. I am year of the ox!
Before we went I had pored over a book my Dad had brought back from his travels of Chinese watercolor painting . I was fortunate enough to get the watercolors and brushes ( the brushes we used today) and paint and paper while I was in Taiwan. . . Funny how things come full circle!”
(Special thanks to Marti Bledsoe for sharing this painting adventure.)
So, try this project if you haven’t – you don’t’ need any fancy materials – just some inexpensive watercolors and some paper. And maybe some nice wind chime music in the background. You, too, can bamboo!
If you like this technique, I also have a new in-depth workshop called Sunsets and Serapes which, strangely enough,uses this Sumi-e technique to make Southwestern striped paintings for mixed media artists!
This particular painting workshop is not free (a mere $39) but it has four hours of videos on painting with strong East/West influences. Here’s that link.
Finally, here’s a challenge/idea – how about making Lotus Books (another free workshop) and doing the covers with Sumi-e paintings? That would be beautiful!!
Wishing you a serene and stress-free day! ~~~ Lyn