Joan Lok creates artworks that link Asian tradition to an adventurous, modern viewpoint. Born in Hong Kong, Joan came to America in 1983 after winning an international cultural exchange fellowship. Joan 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. Joan is listed in Who’s Who of American Art. Her art instruction book “Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers” is available in English, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Joan lives in Columbia, Maryland and teaches sumi-e workshops locally and across the country. In 2020, she converted her popular workshops into online learning, spreading the joy of sumi-e with artists joining safely from home.
Online art courses can be found at:
Demonstration for the Central Florida Watercolor Society, October 3, 2021:
Joan Lok will introduce the art of sumi-e that literally means Water and Ink Painting. She will discuss its origin and development, materials, and the art form’s emphasis on brushwork, simplicity and spiritual connection (chi or energy.) Joan will demonstrate creating floral and natural subjects in spontaneous brushstrokes.
Artists looking for ways to loosen their watercolor artwork will enjoy seeing how Joan spontaneously creates petals and leaves with single strokes, and develop branches and trees without a sketch.
Joan’s book “Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers is available at Amazon.com.
Congratulations to Joan on her recent award from the Sumi-e Society of America:
French Escapade – painting workshops and plein air to hone your skills
For our artists who are interested… here are some opportunities to take some very good workshops from renowned artists like :
Carrie Waller, Sept. 9 -12, Ginkgo Tea
Michael Reardon, Sept. 27 & 28, Surf, sand and Paris
Caro Carter, Oct. 2 & 3, Blue Mood
Keiko Tanabe, Oct. 11 & 12, Boats in Asian Landscape
Laurie Warren Goldstein, Nov. 3 & 4, Art glass in watercolor
and many many more!
French Escapade has many online workshops for you to enjoy more painting with master artists. They also offer plein air painting vacations for fun and travel.
Check them out: https://frenchescapade.com
Thanks to Michael Holter we all learned about a “Swashbuckler Wash” at our March 3rd demo. He painted a boat silhouetted against a sunrise wash. Using a large brush he mixed up a stew of colors, showing us how to shift the colors to the warm or cool spectrum. He finished the painting by scrapping out with a credit card to demonstrate all sorts of tools can be use to create a great painting.
Marcela has been busy once again lining up many plein air activities for us. Michael Holter mentioned that it was a great practice to paint on location to increase speed, observation and considers it vital in the artistic process.
Check our website for further details on the following locations:
March 16 – Cornell Art Museum/Rollins College
March 17 – Orlando Science Center
March 24 – Albin Polasek Museum
April 20 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo.
All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 3/21 at 10 amat the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.
WE NEED A PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT to satisfy the requirements of our By-laws and 501 c 3. Otherwise, our society is in danger of having to disband. So far, The board, Mary and I have had no luck in finding someone to step up to either of these positions. If we want this society to continue, we need to find 2 folks who would like to work together. Our next season is set up and information is organized in easy to access files so no one has to “reinvent the wheel”.
Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall if you would like to learn more.
Classes are held in Studio One, at Gallery on First, 211 E First Street, Sanford, FL.
- Watercolor I is offered Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 – 4:30. This classs is for first-time painters wanting to learn the basics of watercolor painting.
- Watercolor II is offered Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm. This is for the painter with past experience in watercolor painting who wants to improve their skills.
For each class, there is a painting project which the students complete by following me through a demo.
Classes are small so there is a lot of one on one teaching. The cost per class is $25 or $95 for four classes. Please contact Cindy Sturla via email for more information or registration.