Brush Painting

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Brush Painting

I’ve always been drawn to the simplicity, elegance and beauty of Asian ink painting. There is a calmness and serenity that seems to radiate from the delicate nature of each work of art.

Earlier this year, with absolutely no training, and just for fun, I began to play with a brush and some sumi-e ink. I painted some ensos for my NYZCCC class as my final project and got the brush-painting bug. So when my friend Toinette Lippe – whose beautiful brush paintings I’ve long admired – offered a class at a convenient time for me, I jumped at the chance.

My meditation practice has taught me that, in the words of D.T. Suzuki: “Nothing can ever really be learned until it works through the nerves and muscles.” So I know it will take me years of practice to mature in this new endeavor. I look forward to the day when my body can paint a beautiful brush stroke.

The lovely Toinette Lippe


First class group table

My art practice

My first attempt at drawing bamboo

By | 2016-10-22T08:21:08+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Expect Nothing|3 Comments


  1. Michael Levine October 17, 2014 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Great painting of bamboo, great friend, and great quote about learning in the bones!

  2. Noela N. Evans October 18, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Lovely lady, indeed! And lovely first attempts . You are lucky to have found your way to such a wonderful teacher and human being.

    • Nancy October 18, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Yes, I am lucky to have had Toinette as a friend for many years and now as a teacher. A double whammy of goodness!

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