Welcome the Year of the Monkey!

January 21st, 2016

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I posted anything here!  A lot has been happening.  But first I have to share with you one of the wonderful super simple sumi sheep that happened last year:

Super Simple Sumi Sheep

Super Simple Sumi Sheep

This year coming up is the Year of the Fire Monkey.  Right now I’m working on how to paint some simple monkeys.  My inspiration is Wang Yani, who, when she was a child, painted the most charming and playful monkeys imaginable. There are two books published about her and her art.  One is called Yani, The Brush of Innocence and the other one is A Young Painter.  They are still in print and available on Amazon.

And I’m teaching more classes in Minnesota.  In addition to school visits I’ll be teaching a class for the Families With Children from Asia and two classes, one for children and one for adults at Wet Paint Art in St Paul.  If you live in the Twin Cities check it out!

 

Welcome the Year of the Sheep!

January 12th, 2015

We’re back in Minnesota where the sunshine on the snow is beautiful.  Check out the events page to see about upcoming events that I’m doing.  There will be a demo and classes at Wet Paint Art in St Paul, MN, in February and a class for Families with Children from Asia in late January in Minnetonka, MN.  And coming up is the Year of the Sheep.  I’ve developed some simple ways to paint some very cute sheep! Pictures will come after the classes!   Did you know that in Chinese the word for sheep and goats is the same?  That’s why different people call it the Year of the Sheep or Goat or Ram depending on their preference.

Over the past summer and fall I’ve been developing some different styles of paintings and had a very successful show at the Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, WA, last September.  Here are some examples……

Meteor Shower over Mt Rainer

Meteor Shower over Mt Rainer

Midnight at Mt Rainier

Midnight at Mt Rainier

Spirit Tree

Spirit Tree

And just for fun....Spunky Nugget!

And just for fun….Spunky Nugget!