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……
My sumi adventures this spring back on Whidbey Island were full of wonderful teaching opportunities. Perhaps the most surprising was at the Island Christian Academy when I was selected as a “famous artist” by a third grade student. She bought a copy of Super Simple Sumi-e and painted a number the animals by herself, then did some research about sumi-e and presented it all to her class. When I went to see the art fair at the school, imagine my surprise when I saw my name next to Rembrandt, DaVinci, Monet, etc – the famous artists chosen by other students! Was I ever surprised and thrilled! I later had the chance to teach classes there and the students came to visit the Whidbey Art Gallery where I show my paintings.
I also taught 3rd and 4th graders at South Whidbey Elementary School and decided to introduce some new animals into the mix. First was a horse since this is the Year of the Horse and second was an orca whale, the mascot of the school named “Bubbles”. The paintings were later mounted a a very large piece of paper for display and ended up being a “Wall of Sumi-e” at the South Whidbey Arts Festival at the end of May! It’s is so rewarding to work with kids in this way – success breeds success and builds self-esteem!