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Free Sumi-e Painting Demonstration with Joan Lok

  • 04 Apr 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom
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FREE Sumi-e Painting demonstration with Joan Lok

Thursday April 4th, 2024 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Zoom

Member Registration Opens: January 28th 2023, 10:00 AM


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BWS has a limited zoom capacity that can be expanded if we know to expect more participants. All registered participants will be sent the Zoom link before the demonstration.

Participants will have access to the video for 30 Days.

Program Description

Welcome spring with cherry blossoms. Joan Lok will share her magic of Sumi-e (Asian Brush Painting) in our BWS demonstration in April.  In this presentation, Joan will discuss sumi-e materials and techniques and how they differ from those of western watercolors. She will also show how tradition watercolor artists can use Sumi techniques.  She will introduce three ways of painting cherry blossoms: wet-on-wet opaque and transparent watercolor,ink contour and expressive brushwork.  Ignite your interest in the diverse beauty of freehand brush painting with Joan Lok.  

Artist Joan Lok

Joan Lok creates artworks that link Asian tradition to an adventurous, modern viewpoint. She specializes in sumi-e, the art of Asian brush painting.

Her work won many awards including the Best of Show from the Sumi-e Society of America and Sumi-e Artists of Canada Joint Exhibition, the Kyoto Education Council Award in Japan, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Contest in America.

Her art is featured in “The Best Flower Paintings”, and “Stroke of Genius.”  Her “Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers” is a best-selling instruction book available in English, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Joan was the President of the Sumi-e Society of America, and the Vice President of the Lingnan Art Association of America. 

A long-time signature artist member of BWS and workshop instructor at Plaza Art in Maryland, Joan moved to Central Florida when she retired in 2022 and started teaching online. 

Her recent focus includes incorporating sumi-e techniques into watercolors for a refreshing appeal. Her work won the Best of show in 2023 Central Florida Watercolor Society, and Honorable Mention in Women in Watercolors International Competition.

Visit for artwork images and access to her online workshops.    

Supplies Joan Uses

For watercolorists: 

PaperRice paper – available at Plaza Artist Materials and many other art stores.  If you do not have rice paper, have blank white printer paper to play with during the demo.  Regular 140 lb. watercolor paper, hot or cold press, is workable but may be too thick for the wet-on-wet trick.

Rounds in 6, 8; a small detail brush.

perm. alizarin crimson, sap green, yellow ochre, perm. yellow light, vermillion, burst sienna.  (I use Winsor Newton, Holbein, and Daniel Smith) 

Black – black sumi-e
Ink if you have it.  If you only have watercolors, get one with a black tone, such as neutral tint.)

White –I use Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White in a small jar
You can also use Winsor Newton white gouache.  You’ll need gouache for the effect, transparent white will not work.   

For artists familiar with sumi-e supplies, these are the specific supplies that I use: 

Paper: Unsized Double Sheun/Xuen, Ma or Pi

Brushes: Medium Combination (Long Flow), Small Hard (Mountain Horse), Fine (Leaf Vien.)

Colors: Same as above.

Website: https://Joan

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