Sumi painting this summer took the form of meeting the public and getting them excited about sumi painting in various Farmer’s Markets on beautiful Whidbey Island where I live in the summer. Plus sketching and hiking in the Olympic Mountains and visiting the home of the dragons – Shi Shi Beach! We took 10 adults and 10 teenagers out to that magical world. The dragon back rocks aren’t so visible this year – perhaps they are sleeping through the summer instead of being out to play? But still they showed up to play soccer with a group of enthusiastic teens!
There were two sumi-e highlights. One was being a guest presenter introducing sumi-e at the Art Therapy Group at the Cancer Partnership of Providence Hospital in Everett, WA. It was a gift to be able to give back to the institution where I received treatment less than a year ago.
And the other was being accepted as an exhibiting artist at the Whidbey Art Gallery, the artist coop gallery, in Langley, WA. It’s a thrill having my work on the wall and prints and cards in the print bin! Stop by any time you’re in the neighborhood.
The Super Simple Sumi-e book has won a Silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in November, 2012 in the Art and Crafts Activity book category! This is a great honor – the sumi pandas are following in their dragon cousin’s footsteps since Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist won a Bronze medal in the same competition in 2009. Presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher magazine, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. http://www.moonbeamawards.com/
And following the silver medal, Super Simple Sumi-e won a Gold medal of Excellence in the Mom’s Choice Awards in December, 2012 in the Activities, Crafts and Hobbies category! Mom’s Choice Awards honor excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. http://www.momschoiceawards.com/