Have you ever heard or seen Sumi Ink painting? It's a *wonderful* art media. I worked at J.K. Gill stationery store in downtown Portland, Oregon when I was in high school, and happily they put me in the "art basement" where they sold all manner of wonderful and exotic art supplies. I'll never forget that I saw this wonderful wooden box of Chinese painting supplies and no matter that I did not know how to use them, but I had to have them so bought them.
Life happened, I graduated high school, moved to Hawaii and while there became enamored of bamboo. I actually went to a hippie "love in" in an extinct volcano and had to hike down through a bamboo forest to get there. I'll never forget that day, people were playing musical instruments and sitting in a big circle and just enjoying our connection with mother Earth. :-)
Then my future husband moved to Louisiana to fly helicopters to the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and I joined him there and we married and had our first 2 children there during our 5 years there. We moved back to Oregon to be near our families and bought an acreage in Corbett where we could raise our children in the countryside with a garden and dairy goats and chickens for eggs. I took summer art classes at Mt. Hood Community College while my hubby took care of the kids while he was going to college on the G.I. bill.
I got heavily into pottery classes, learning how to throw pottery on a potter's wheel and glazing the pots and firing them in big cone 10 kilns at the college. I wanted to paint bamboo on my pots like I'd seen in galleries and museums, so to my delight, I found that a Chinese Sumi master would be teaching his skills through the college and jumped at the chance to learn. I would finally be able to use that wonderful box of supplies! :-)
Below is the book by this talented man. I put my name and date in the book, 1975!!
An older card I did with a hummingbird.
If you like to paint, you should try this. It's fast and fun and effective!
OK, I'm off to the VA Hospital to pick up my museum display celebrating the US Constitution. And then off to swim in my pool on a beautiful sunny perfect Autumn day! I hope you're having a super day and have a wonderful weekend!!!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)