Author Archives: liza

What’s Going’ On?

I watched an extended interview on the Daily Show – then I went to NVC Family Camp – I met a group of Palestinians and Israelis who were at camp studying nonviolent communication – and as a result, I am now enrolling myself and my kids in wilderness awareness courses. There is a thread here. it is powerful; it is deep. And I am trying to find a way to unpack it all and I’m having trouble doing that all in one blog post. So if you will allow me the luxury of meandering down a path in my heart that is desperately looking for clarity, I’d be obliged.  I am asking for space to go on tangents, to reach conclusions that I may very Keep Reading…

Laying my cards out on the table here (as if I knew how to do it any other way).

I have been putting off launching this blog FOR-E-VER because there’s nothing I hate more than pigeon-holing myself into a corner I can’t get out of. And yet every online course, ebook and guru teaches the same lesson. Pick a niche and pick a market if you want to be successful. I’m in that awkward what’s-next-for-me period of my life so I’ve come up with my own rules of engagement in order to feel comfortable taking this next step. This is my blog after all and I’ve decided to run it the way I run the rest of my life. I lay all the cards out on the table at the outset. If you want to hang with me, follow me, join me, read my Keep Reading…

Sumi-e Fridays

A way to discover and continue the Sumi-e experience. Every two-hour session becomes a ritual on its own, exploring the different ways to explore Sumi-e painting as both an art form and a practice. What do we mean by a practice? We begin with the ritual of making our own ink to slough off the clutter of our mind. This prepares us for single-pointed focus on technique through repetition and refinement. We will explore brushstroke techniques through painting of traditional subjects (bamboo, orchid, pine, plum blossom, chrysanthemum, etc.) From here we explore a practice of letting go of technique so we can bear witness to what flows through. What flows through can be pure magic. Fridays 10am-noon The Lost Quill 126 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, Keep Reading…

Weekly Sumi-e Bar

Every other week, for one hour, we will learn the magic of making ink and play with brushes. Attendees will get a chance to experience the Japanese Sumi-e painting tradition.   2-3pm every other Wednesday starting in September. 9/2, 9/16/, 9/30 The Lost Quill 126 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA Session is 1 hour long. Free  

Path to Sumi-e 1 Day Workshop

A wonderful opportunity to discover the path to creating imagery from your soul. We begin with a calming ritual of rubbing ink stick onto stone to feel the essence of this ritual. Then onto brushstroke technique through painting of traditional subjects (bamboo, orchid, pine, plum blossom, chrysanthemum) and balancing composition. We will explore the dance between diligent practice and “letting go” and the precious lessons gifted by the process. Through the indelible nature of brushstrokes we find, in addition to the cultivation of technique, a brief look within… a mirror in black ink. Every Monday 10am-4pm with 1 hour lunch break. The Lost Quill 126 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA $300.00 Class requires pre-payment with cancellation no later than three (3) days before session begins. Keep Reading…