To “Find Your Heart and Soul in Sumi e Brushwork”, we gathered at Walker Fine Art, Denver CO in May. As a sumi artist, I led my workshop here. This is a great setting for a new experience in meditative painting! Here’s what I have to say right now about this process: “When I teach […]

Many of you have been following me a long time and have loved my paintings. If you have been longing to have one but it has not been in your budget, I want you to be able to own one of my paintings. So I’m having a Summer sale – sumi, watercolor, and ink drawings […]

With registrations for “Finding Your Heart and Soul in Sumi e” coming in, we’re on our way to having a really good workshop on May 7! Please pre-register so you’re on my list. New information is below. With sumi e work, anything is possible. Some of you may want to work in a more traditional […]

How can you find your heart and soul in sumi e brushwork? Register now for my upcoming Workshop on May 7, Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m. I hope that’s everyone of you! Brush. Ink. White paper. You think, “I wonder if…” This is your invitation to try your own hand at creating from the heart. Trust […]

My Denver Urban Sketching Group. Imagine a lazy, Sunday afternoon that just happens to be St. Patrick’s Day, and the hazy March sunshine is calling you out to be with friends. You find your sketching book, your favorite drawing pens, and that new little traveling set of watercolors you couldn’t resist again at the Art […]

I share with you here a return to color through my new abstract watercolor painting with literary content. Color is my first language and is also a deep love of mine, even a visceral instinct. That is why I yearned to return to some color work as I further relaxed from my Zen black and […]

I’m taking a relaxing break from painting by enjoying some basic ikebana, The Way of Kado, in my Sogetsu class. This is so very simple and lovely. Basic upright  nagiere style. “The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but cultivate appreciation for each moment, to work with obstacles, and to develop […]

I find my Zen and Sufi insights gain me deeper understanding of my own Christian roots. First the fish needs to say, “Something ain’t right about this camel ride— and I’m feeling so damm thirsty. -“Damm Thirsty- Hafiz 1844S, 42” x 60” Commentary on my Zen Painting “So Damm Thirsty” This is when a fish, if […]

My paintings are more of the “transformational” nature rather than the “transactional” or commercial nature. I love that phrase, given me by my confidant, Charlotte. I’m ready to grow into that now as a point of view, and those of you who subscribe to my blog, I believe will understand and embrace this. I hope […]

Sumi-e hinge mounting behind the scenes is what I’m giving you a peek at in this blog. This is one of the asides of creating beautiful sumi-e painting. When we artists are not busy making new creations, there is a lot of preparation and details that occupy our time… I brought the work inside the […]

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by Marilyn wells

Denver COlorado