35 beautiful flowers and how to paint them, for all levels of artist, from beginners up. Many Chinese brush-painting instruction books only focus on painting a few species of flowers, such as lotus, peony, and plum blossom, because these flowers symbolize various ideals in the Chinese culture. This book introduces the painters to a variety of brushwork and floral painting techniques, and shows how to apply them to a diverse collection of flowers. Using this guide broadens the skill base of the artist, who ultimately will be able to paint any flower in a garden. All techniques are clearly explained, from holding and loading the brush to achieving the perfect consistency of paint and creating subtle gradations of colour in your paintings.
Joan Lok creates luminous floral paintings that link Asian tradition to an adventurous, modern viewpoint. She has won numerous awards including 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 in the United States. Her paintings are published in The Best of Flower Paintings, Strokes of Genius 2, Always Bright II, and her art album Ancient Spirit Modern Flair-The Art of Joan Lok. Joan is the National President of the Sumi-e Society of America (2002-2012), and signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. She taught Asian American Arts at the University of Maryland and conducts workshops across America. She is listed in Who's Who of American Art, and Who's Who in American Women. Her fabulous art can be seen on her website at www.joanlok.com, and via Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JoanLokArt