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Asian Brush Painting – Last Class of the Year

November 7, 2012

Last night was bittersweet as it was my last Asian brush painting class.  But we have agreed and our teacher is willing to continue the class next year in our homes.  I can’t wait to host a class and I vowed to practice in the meantime.  This is what I worked on last night.

I also learned a new flower which now I can’t remember the name.  We also played with making bumblebees and trees.

                                                  This is one of my teacher’s samples.

                                                                    Here is another.

A closeup of the flower.  I’m working on Christmas presents and time is just flying.  I hope I get them done in time.


Asian Brush Painting – Class #7

October 31, 2012

This week’s class took place on Halloween and I left Rocketman to man the door until his teleconference at 8:00 pm.  He only had two sets of trick or treaters so I have a lot of candy for our grandson, Noah.  This week’s class was all about pumpkins and mushrooms.  Again, I begin by showing the talent of our amazing teacher.

                                                         How can this not make you smile!

                                                                           Cat and mouse.


                                                              And of course, pumpkins.


 Now for mine!  I’m still working on loading the brush properly and I seem to have too much water  on the brush which is responsible for the puckering of the paper.

We also did some review.  Tomorrow I’m off to my daughter’s house to babysit Ez for the day while his Daddy spends time volunteering at Noah’s school.  We also have a going away dinner that same night for Rocketman’s boss who has taken a new position at the company.  I’ll be going from the west side of the Twin Cities to Hudson, WI before the night is over.  I’ll be one tired girl when all is said and done.

Asian Brush Stroke – Class #6

October 27, 2012

                This class was full of bamboo, koi fish, butterflies and dragonflies.  I was in heaven.

                     This was my teacher’s demo and I was the lucky one to get to take it home!

                        Here are my koi fish with a few dragonflies.  They are a lot of fun to make.

                                                          My dragonflies and butterflies. 

We also reviewed bamboo again.  It was a first for the new students and a great review for the rest of us.

Rocketman raked leaves for the first time in a few years and he forgot how tiring it is.  I was so glad that he finished it up for me.  I was working on some deadlines and Christmas gifts.  At this time of year, I always wished that I had started the Christmas gifts a little soon. 

Asian Brush Painting – Class #6

October 25, 2012

                      Last week’s class was all about grapes.  These were my teacher’s samples.

                                                               Here are mine.

I never know when I see something that reminds me of my beloved South Korea.  Today it happened.  I was in a grocery store that I don’t often shop at and I had just purchased some turkey from the deli. 

As I walked pass the sushi making guy (they seem to be in all my grocery stores), I noticed a South Korean flag pinned to his arm.  I stopped and noticed his name was Korean and stitched the Korean way with the last name first on his uniform.  I asked him if he was Korean and he sheepishly said that he was.

I went on to tell him that we had lived 3 years in South Korea and how much I miss and love Korea.  He was really taken aback and seemed stunned.  I asked him how long he had lived in the States and he replied, “10 years.”  I asked him when the last time he had been back home and he said sadly, “2007.”

I told him how much I missed Korea especially the food such as kimchi and how I missed all my Korean friends.  We continued talking for a few more minutes and he said that I was very unique to him.  He had not met an American who loved Korea so much.  I hope I made him feel more proud to be Korean and the next time someone asks if he is Korean, he will answer proudly, “Yes, I am!”

Asian Brush Painting – Class #4

October 10, 2012
My teacher surprised us this week with some Halloween Sumi paintings.  I love this pumpkin!
This was our first project, chrysanthemums. 

                                    The second was mice!  They were so cute and fun!

                                                         Here are my chrysanthemums. 

        And my mice.  I think they look more like Hershey kisses with tails but they were fun to make.

Yesterday was a stressful day.  The sprinkler guy came out to blow out the sprinklers.  No big deal, right?  He knocked on the door and told me he was here to blow out the sprinklers and I went back to the kitchen.  All of the sudden I hear water and thought, “Wow, that’s really loud.”  We weren’t here for the last blowout so I let it go for a minute.

Then it sounded like it was coming from the basement.  I ran down the stairs only to be sprayed with water coming from a pipe in the ceiling.  It went everywhere!  I ran upstairs and outside yelling at the guy who had phone buds in his ears and heard nothing.  I finally got to him and told him what was going on.  He turned off the blower and came inside to see what had happened.  He said that a pipe must have blown and I needed a plumber to fix it.  Sean, our kitchen contractor was on his way to I thought I would discuss it with him.

He went out to figure if he could blow out the sprinklers another way.  He came back a few minutes later to said that he was able to finish the blowout.  I returned to the basement to clean up the mess.  The water had hit a bookcase where I had all sorts of things like old photo albums and games.  It was a disaster area. 

Sean came and talked to the sprinkler guy but not before looking at his equipment and saw that he was blowing it out at 110 PSI and he should not have gone over 100 PSI.  He talked to the kid and told him so.  The kid finished and left.

I emailed the company complaining and got an email immediately telling me they would look into it.  Then a phone call saying that their plumber would call and fix the pipe.  The plumber called but he was a real jerk and now I haven’t heard back from him.  It may be time to contact the sprinkler company again.

The photo albums that were damaged were the kind that have the sticky backs so I had to remove all the photos I could.  Some were really easy and some were a total loss.  These albums were from the 70’s and early 80’s before I knew NOT to use this type of album.  So I have a bunch of photos to organize and some were pretty funny.  I’ll scan them and post later.

I saw that today Donatelli’s was having meatloaf as a lunch special and I was all over it.  It was delicious!!!

Asian Brush Painting – Class #3

October 4, 2012

This is what we learned this week in my Asian brush painting class.  My teacher makes it look sooo easy.

Then we got out the colors for the first time and my teacher was showing us how to make some beautiful leaves.

She also demoed sumac leaves and how they look in the Fall.  When she was demoing this, I accidentally forgot I wasn’t in Korea and out of my mouth came an “ooooo” My teacher stopped painting and looked at me along with everyone else and smiled while there were chuckles from my fellow students.

I was mortified and quickly explained that it was very common to hear “oooo’s” and “ahhh’s” when taking classes in South Korea.  I had forgot that you don’t do that here.  I wish we did and I’m sure I will do it again. I wasn’t even thinking and out came out.  There is still so much Korean in me and I have my doubts that it will ever leave and to be honest with you, I rather like it.

                                                        These are my humble paintings. 

And now about Louie.  I try to make sure that he has food before I go to bed and he did last night.  Starting at 12 am and every 2-3 hours, Louie jumped, rubbed and purred into my face.  I knew he had food and would just pet him a little and fall back to sleep.  I woke up tired having slept very little and made my way to the kitchen to find his food bowl totally empty so he was hungry.  He looks so innocent in this picture from this morning.  He’s sleeping right now.

Asian Brush Painting – Class #2

September 26, 2012

This week in class, we learned how to paint bamboo.  I was soooo excited because I had always wanted to learn how to do that.  The paint stroke is quite easy but it’s the loading of the brush that is tricky.  I’m still working on that as you can see by my picture above.

I’m having a blast and the two hours just fly by.  Our teacher wants us to practice at home and I did not do that but I plan on making time before the next class.  I really can see using this in my hanji (Korean papercraft) projects and chilbo (Korean enameling) projects.

                         This is a photo of my teacher’s demo.  Oooo, I want to be like her someday!

We have also been invaded by box elder bugs.  They are everywhere! 

On the kitchen front, we got the quote for the new flooring and I almost fainted……$8500.  It includes ripping up the old and a bunch of other problems that go with installing new flooring.  We are going with an Alloc slate-looking floor.  Our floor is really what needs the makeover the most.  Oh well.  Now we just have to wait and see when he can start.

Asian Brush Painting – Class 1

September 20, 2012

I had my first Asian brush painting class last Wednesday and it did not disappoint.  I was the third of five students to arrive and I instantly knew something was wrong.  Everyone had supplies with them.  I asked and they told me they found the list on the Internet.  I had called to register and they never told me that I needed supplies.

I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get the message, there ended up being two of us.  Luckily, the instructor bought lots of extra supplies and she provided everything we needed.  The first thing we did was to lighten the black to make a gray.

This is a blurry view of how my teacher sets up her work area.  The Japanese name for this is Sumi which I thought it was so cool because that was the name of my Korean maedeup teacher back in Korea.

This first class we practiced four brushstrokes.  I realized as the paint dried that I had too much water on my brush which made the paper crinkle.

Painting is the only craft that I have not conquered.  I’ve always secretly wanted to be a painter but the “I can’t” in my head would intimidate me.  This time around I’ve changed my mantra to “I can!”  I know I can paint because that is what I did in chilbo (Korean enameling) class so I know I can. 
There are a total of 5 students in my class.  We shared our journeys that had brought us to this class. One student is a high school art teacher and just that week she had a new student in class from South Korea who spoke very little English.  She wanted a few Korean words that she could say to him to help him feel better. I was so happy to help and we are discussing me visiting her class to meet him.
She was also looking for a polymer clay teacher to help her out with a polymer clay project which was also right up my alley.  It is so amazing to me the connects I make when I least expect it.  I really feel I was meant to take this class and meet these wonderful students.  I’ll keep you posted as the adventure continues.