Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas

This is from our 2014 Christmas card.
I hope it helps you get in the Christmas spirit.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !!

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Iris

I have always loved iris. They remind me of my Grandmother.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


It's the season. I have to laugh. I've been extremely busy lately. I sold one painting at the Work House so far,and guess what it was. That's right ---Pumpkins . So I came home and painted another. Happy Halloween !!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wonderful News !!!

9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA  22079
September 24, 2014

Dear Lynn,

Congratulations.  You have been accepted into the Artist Program at the Workhouse.


Brett John Johnson
Director of Visual Arts 

For the next 3 months I will be sharing studio space with my teacher Hsi-Mei Yates. If you have the opportunity, please stop by.  I'd love to see you.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Mum

I can't help it I love Mums. Plus after my last blog a dear friend bought my last Chrysanthemum painting. Thank you so much. It's always a great day when someone loves your work.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Late night practice

Some nights sleep escapes me.  I can't rest.  So, when I can't sleep, I practice a little bit.  This is from one of my late night practice sessions this weekend.  Every brush stroke counts toward the 10,000 strokes that I am working on.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I painted these birds while "Up North"
at my brothers cottage. It was so beautiful floating on the lake.

Back in the studio

After a wonderful vacation in Wisconsin visiting family and friends, I am back in the studio.  I wiped off the cobwebs from my brushes and moistened my paints.  I am a little rusty but back in the stroke of things.  Be patient, there are many more works of love coming. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I finally had class today, first one in a month. It was great to see Hsi-Mei. We worked on Chrysanthemum and Bird. Very traditional subject.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

51st Annual Exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America and the national Capital Area Chapter

The National Capital Area Chapter and the National Board of Directors of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. invite you to attend the 51st Annual Juried Exhibition at the Glenview Mansion, Rockville, Maryland. The Exhibition runs from 5-26 September 2014. 
The purpose of the exhibition is to publicly show the best current East Asian brush painting and calligraphy and to further the Society’s mission.

The Exhibition will be judged by Mr. Charles Liu.  Mr. Charles Liu is a leading overseas Chinese/Taiwanese artist, curator and art critic. He was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Taiwan. After graduation from National Taiwan College of Arts, he went to Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain and stayed in Spain for 7 years. Later he moved to the U.S.A. and settled down. He taught at North Central University in Naperville, Illinois.

I am fortunate to be able to exhibit one of my original Chinese Brush Art paintings in this show.  Please visit the exhibit.


Took some time off and gathered my thoughts. I've been working in my yard. The weather here in Virginia has been wonderful. I keep waiting for my humming bird to come back.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Our subject in class last week was sunflowers. I was inspired by Lian Quen Zhen's painting and did my best to get close. Such a happy flower.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Snow geese watercolor


Two weeks ago, I took a a class from a wonderful teacher, Lian Quan Zhen.  I started this watercolor during his class and I just finished it tonight.  I am so pleased with the finished art.  It just goes to show that when you have a wonderful, affirming teacher, learning is easy.

I am so happy with this one, I added it to my ETSY shop.  It's available as a foldover note card.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Friends and visitors !

I am happy to announce that my ETSY shop is open and some of my artwork is available as notecards and prints.

Please visit

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lian Quan Zhen Workshop

Lian Quan Zhen signing his book for me.
What a delightful week this has been so far.  I have been attending a workshop with Lian Quan Zhen along with members of the National Capital Sumi-e Society. What a wonderful teacher he is.  His philosophy is "A beautiful painting depicts the harmony between nature and imagination." I agree!!

I've learned so much in just three days.  It's intense and I love it.

I can't wait to show you what I've learned.  I'll post some of my work from his workshop soon.

It's exciting.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


We got back last night from our Easter trip to Florida. The weather there was warm and sunny. Perfect weather for flowers and butterflies. I am painting as much as I can getting ready for the Potomac Bonsai Festival.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Iris and Butterfly

I feel like I'm under pressure for the Bonsai Festival. Which is good because it makes me paint. This is also one of my favorite subjects.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Come to the Potomac Bonsai Festival

For complete details on the Potomac Bonsai Festival go HERE. I will be there displaying my original Chinese Brush Art painting and will have some of my art available for sale as prints and note cards.

There are a number of workshops available where bonsai experts will help you get started in this wonderful art form.  Experts are coming from across the U.S. to help foster bonsai's popularity.

This Spring Bonsai Festival lasts for three days and consists of a bonsai show, a regional juried show, a new talent competition, beginner and intermediate/advanced workshops, bonsai demonstrations and a bonsai vendor bazaar. The vendor bazaar provides bonsai artists and any visitors the opportunity to purchase bonsai, plant material, tools, and pots related to the art and horticulture of bonsai.

Don't miss it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Butterfly and PurpleCone flower

It's a beautiful sunny day and I was inspired by Thursdays lesson. I can only hope that my flowers grow this well.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Purple Cone Flower

I was really excited about this subject. Hsi-Mei my teacher was excellent on instructions. I grew up surrounded by these flowers.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Painting at the Sumi-e Society of America Exhibition

To my surprise and pleasure I sold this painting titled Rainy Day at the Exhibition!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sumi-e Exhibition - March 31 to May 3, 2014 at the Friendship Heights Community Center

Join us in Chevy Chase for some beautiful paintings by some of the area's most talented Chinese Brush Art and Sumi-e artists.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Last daffodil of the day.

Time to clean my brushes. Time to start working on dinner. At least the sun is out.


I'm trying to feel spring. Most of our daffodils were covered with snow today. When I pick a subject, I work it over and over. It's the only way.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Getting ready for National Arboretum
Bonsai Festival in Spring. Plus I just love tulips. They make me smile.

Monday, March 17, 2014


So where is it? Spring? I am looking at six inches of snow. I painted this in hopes that the sun would come out and my flowers would start to grow.


I loved painting these cranes. I was lucky to see them in person many years ago in Japan. They were magnificent. They loved to dance.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Just something I have been working on.  This is one of a small group of cranes I have been painting.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Poppy

Worked Ning Yeh lesson today. I got the idea to try when I saw Hsi-Mei's
Painting on my way out of class on Saturday. Maybe I'll do a field of them.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Robin /Spring

I had to laugh this morning when I ran to the store and there were rose bushes for sale and there is still 8 inches of snow outside. I am hoping to catch sight if this robin and know spring is coming.

Monday, February 10, 2014


This past week in Hsi-Mei's class we worked on frogs. There are 5 students in this class. A great group of people. Every frog that was painted was so different and unique. Like each person.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Out of The Darkness

This past month since Joan Lok's class I went back to working on Koi. I showed it to my teacher Hsi-Mei and worked on a few changes.
I will use this painting to try and get into my first juried show. I'm nervous but it's a good experince to try. Wish me luck !

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cherry Blossoms

This past Saturday in Hsi-Mei's class we worked on cherry blossoms. Soon our beautiful Washington DC Cherry Blossom festival will be upon us and we will forget all of this cold weather.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Wisteria and Swallows

Today I did my homework for Joan Lok's class.  What do you think of these swallows?  I love painting the wisteria.  I am trying to bring on an early spring.  In the Chinese culture the swallow and wisteria are seen in the springtime.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Joan Lok's class

I had the pleasure of taking a class with Joan Lok this past week. She studied the Lingnam School of Art in China.  We worked on wisteria and swallows and koi.  I learned so many great brush strokes and other tips to improve my understanding of Chinese Brush Art.  Thank you Joan !! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014


I am still working on birds.  I will be taking a class this coming week with Joan Lok and I am quite nervous.  So, I decided to practice my birds.  Her style of art is called Lingnan Art.
"Lingnan' or 'South of the Ranges' refers to that part of China to the south of the 'Five Ranges' which are Tayu, Qitian, Dupang, Mengzhu, Yuecheng. These ranges separate the river basin of Changjiang, or the Yangzi River, in the central part of China fr'om that of Zhujiang or the Pearl River, in the south. In the Tang dynasty (618-906) Lingnan was the official name for the area covering the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi as well as Annan. The region covered by the name Lingnan has changed with time. Today, 'Ling"'nan' aod 'Guangdong' can almost be treated as synonyms."
From the The Art of Lingnan School website HERE.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blue Jay

The cold weather has trapped me in my studio and as I stare out the window, a Jay settled on a pine tree branch.  It wasn't snowing at the time but it seemed to fit (artistic license, you know).  It was a great excuse to work on birds.