In Florida in the 1980's and 90's I taught and lectured on Japanese Painting, called Sumi-e or black ink painting.
For the artist this type of painting is a good practice to improve skill with the brush and study simplified spacial design.
Practicing the art is also a way to understand this ancient culture which has a huge influence on how artistic pursuits have developed in the west, particularly from the time of the Impressionists. I will share more on this cultural phenomenon at a later date.
Diana Kan has a facinating background and was not only an excellent landscape painter but also created beautiful floral paintings and other subjects including calligraphy. During class I gave her a Desert Cassia Tree branch which she used as a subject to paint a realistic rendition with grace and elegance in the Oriental style.
She was a wonderfully generous teacher with her time and effort.
1984 I had the privilege of taking a workshop with internationally acclaimed Oriental Painter
Elderhostel Class at Eckerd College
Above Photos I am giving a lecture & demonstration at the Treasure Island Community Center. Photo on Right I am Demonstrating Oriental Painting at the International Florida Miniature Art Society