A way to discover and continue the Sumi-e experience. Each two-hour session becomes a ritual on its own, exploring the different ways to explore Sumi-e painting as both an art form and a practice. What do we mean by a practice? We begin with the ritual of making our own ink to slough off the clutter of our mind. This prepares us for single-pointed focus on technique through repetition and refinement. We will explore brushstroke techniques through painting of traditional subjects (bamboo, orchid, pine, plum blossom, chrysanthemum, etc.) From here we explore a practice of letting go of technique so we can bear witness to what flows through. What flows through can be pure magic.
Class is 2 hours long. Fridays 10am-noon. (1 hour class available.) Materials are separate. Cost: $75.00. Visit The Lost Quill website to register.
A wonderful opportunity to discover the path to creating imagery from your soul. We begin with a calming ritual of rubbing ink stick onto stone to feel the essence of this ritual. Then onto brushstroke technique through painting of traditional subjects and balancing composition. We will explore the dance between diligent practice and "letting go" and the precious lessons gifted by the process. Through the indelible nature of brushstrokes we find, in addition to the cultivation of technique, a brief look within... a mirror in black ink.
Class is 5 hours long. 10am-3pm. Includes materials. Cost: $230.00
Class requires pre-payment with cancellation no later than three (3) days before session begins. Mondays 10am-3pm. Visit The Lost Quill website to register.
Both the landscape and the community inspired a new body of work for Ayan Rivera after his recent move to Bainbridge Island. This work includes the classical four subjects of bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum and plum blossom as well as as well as interpretive departures from tradition.
Ayan has been painting up a storm. I think this move to Bainbridge has really sparked all his creative juices. Now we have so much art, we have no place to store it. Sale Time! If you’re in the market for art for your walls, art for a gift, or not in the market at all, but love to meet and greet using art as an excuse, please come by and say hello. We'd love to see you.
Ayan Rivera will be the featured artist at The Lost Quill this Friday for Art Walk and he’s inviting us all to join him.
“His incredible pieces speak not just of wonderful technique and understanding of his subjects, but more importantly, the essence of Sumi-e, giving us a glimpse of how the soul sees life and interprets it.”
Ayan is drawn to the ritual, simplicity and spontaneity of this medium. The ritual grinding of the ink stick, the indelible nature of each stroke — all useful lessons for rowing “gently down the stream.”