Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Japanese Ink Painting

Today I gave a short quick demonstration of Japanese ink painting to my grand kids... It was fun to see what they would do with it...
We got through the 4 gentlemen... Bamboo, wild orchid, Plum blossom, and Chrysanthemum
but they all loved the Panda bear...
James, who is 6, enjoyed it the most and was the last one to leave the table... I think he really enjoyed doing the Bamboo, and put his panda in the same picture...
wish I had taken more pictures... it was a fun day.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thinking Green

The greens are fully in now.. and I think that influenced me to do a green theme. ... I love using different greens in my floral designs.. and I thought the green apples went well... and then those gold finches landed on the branches...and they just fit... it was a challenge to do a large painting..
maybe the next painting will be blues... ?



Thursday, May 19, 2011

The New Brush

My Son in Law went to Japan in April... and I asked him to bring me a Japanese paint brush, well he did... and that opened a new world to me... I began to read about Japanese ink painting and
discovered such delightful things...and learning how to use the brush has enhanced my own brush work... So...if you are looking for a good way to practice and learn great brush technique , I highly recommend the Japanese style...or even Chinese.. very similar. You have to get their kind of brush....
The whole concept is simplicity of design and stroke of each mark... I found books in the library and even tutorials on line... even though I do not have the ink... I have been using my watercolor paints...and it works...
I hope to be teaching my grandchildren how to use their brushes.... they also received a Japanese brush .... can't wait to see what they will do.. I promise to post it..

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Looking for an opportunity?

Some dear friends of mine are taking on a new adventure and moving south... they are selling their home and asked me to post it on my blog......
It is a very special house with a great set up for a Bed and Breakfast .
This could be your opportunity to start something new and exciting...
Here is the web site where you can get all the info about this lovely home...


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flowers take over

When I am not painting.. I am at the floral shop and these past weeks have been super busy , with Easter... and now Mother's day...
I have had no time to paint..or have felt like it, coming home exhausted... I can only dream of those paintings I want to do...
I have collected many ideas.. and soon I will be back in the pallet and brush...
Have a great Mother's day.. and remember to get your mother some flowers... :)