Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter 2013

I was talking to some great friends and one suggested that I do a rabbit for Easter so I took her advice and here goes.  Thanks Pam.  Peter Cottontail was hopping down the bunny trail and stopped here briefly for a quick Chinese Brush Art portrait.  I hope I have done you justice Peter.

Friday, March 29, 2013

101 years of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

This is a wonderful time of the year in the Washington D.C. area.   Every year, local residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival, especially along the Tidal Basin near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  This festival  commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. This very special gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the people of these two countries.  

Having spent more than 9 years in Japan on three different occasions, the cherry blossoms carry special meaning and emotion for me.  This is an example of one of my Chinese Brush Art painting of some local cherry blossoms.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Koi - First Chinese Brush Art Painting I Sold

Koi represent strength and perseverance.
This is the first Chinese Brush Art painting that I sold.  I participated in the Potomac Bonzai Festival at the United States National Arboretum on New York Avenue in Washington D.C. in  2011.  I was honored to have the President of the Potomac Bonzai Association purchase my work.  This is an annual festival and the next one is scheduled for 3, 4 and 5 May 2013.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


This is my first attempt at a pheasant. There were more brush strokes than I would care to count.  If I came close to 10,000 strokes the pheasant should be perfect.  But, I didn't.

Monday, March 25, 2013


This particular watercolor was inspired by friends of thirty years, The Wilsons of Leesburg, Virginia.  We've shared countless bottles of fine wine and great conversations over the years.  As with my other Chinese Brush Art works, this is only the beginning.  Like a fine wine, I hope my works will improve with age and practice.  Imagine these grapes after 10,000 brush strokes of practice !!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


This is one of my first attempts at painting a goldfish.  The hardest part of painting the fish is getting the fins to look natural as if they were flowing in the water.  I'm not quite there yet.  But I keep trying and that's the important part to remember.

My Journey Into Chinese Brush Art

I started Chinese Brush Art about 2 years ago.  My first paintings were what you might expect from someone just beginning.  This blog is about that journey of 10,000 practice strokes in search of that one 'perfect stoke'.  And like my Chinese Brush Art journey, this is my first post of 10,000 on the way to the 'perfect' post.