I have been painting and drawing as long as I can remember but I went to SFSU and majored in Fine Art with an emphasis on painting and have continued to take classes ever since. I have been studying life drawing and painting and printmaking. I was using charcoal and pastel and then 15 years ago I became pregnant and decided to switch to watercolors...Watercolors made me want to learn more about how to handle a brush so I started to study sumie with an older sumie teacher on McDougal Street in NYC. I have been studying with her for over 10 years now and I feel that I am just starting to get good at it.
I have been experimenting with sumie techniques on rice paper and coming up with good results and having fun doing it! I also have been using sumie techniques on drawing paper to get some fun effects while doing life drawing that I have been doing for about 5 years at JCarts...I haven't put the life drawings on my web site yet but I will soon...
by Deirdre Kennedy