Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is something I talked Mary into doing with me just before I left. There were so many other things I wanted to learn from her, but my time there was so short. I love cats and wanted to learn this easy one......well, she made it look easy! As you can see, my lines are way too think, but I was just getting the strokes down and brought this one home as a visual to use for practice.
If you ever have the opportunity to work with Mary at least once in your life, take that opportunity! She is a great teacher and can say so much in a very few words and strokes. I thoroughly enjoyed her and making art with her. We had a great day Saturday at her apartment and enjoyed a light lunch together, too, before getting back to the brush and ink. Mary has a website: http://www.bamboosumie.com/
I had never been to San Antonio before, so this was a great trip for me. I was also able to stop halfway on my trip to stay the night with another cousin and catch up on all the family news.
So, all in all, this was a very successful, enjoyable trip for me and my cousin that traveled with me. Riverwalk was very pleasureable and our accommodations were great.
I traveled to San Antonio this past week to take some Japanese brush painting lessons from Mary Bowman, who has traveled to Japan and taken lessons from several masters. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her. She was a joy! We had six hours on Saturday and two and a half hours on Sunday. The card on the left was made after 4 hours of practicing the strokes and placement. Still much work to be done and hours of practice ahead of me. ")
My cousin traveled with me and we stayed at Drury Plaza Hotel right on the San Antonio Riverwalk. It was so convenient for her while I was at Mary's taking my lessons. She is definitely a Shopaholic!! She walked about 5 blocks to the mall and shopped all day. She came back with a bag large enough for my 3 year old grandson to hide in! LOL The weather was absolutely beautiful.................74-78 daytime temps. It was the beginning of Fiesta! Sunday. We walked to the Mexican Market and had lunch on the patio of Mi Tierre.....listened to some wonderful Inca musicians. The flutist could play absolutely anything. After several traditional tunes, they played several romantic American tunes. What a master he was!