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.