Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Oriental brush painting National Cathedral workshop DC

The workshop went very well today at the National Cathedral School for oriental brush painting. I taught 16 very talented young ladies.  Fun was had by all.
I survived driving into DC without any harm to myself or anyone else!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pursuing Galleries & dealing with rejections

Being rejected as an artist hurts no matter how many times you get rejected. I don't think that anyone really gets used to it but I also think that it makes us really look at our art. I know it always makes me work harder and more determined to find that perfect gallery out there that is interested in oriental brush paintings.

My file of rejection letters from galleries is growing!!! Just last week I added one more to the list.  I did contact the gallery owner to see if there was anything that I could have done to make a difference in their representation.  Was it the prices, the quality of my art, the quality of the images??? Their response was that they can't take on more artist at this time. I appreciated the fact that they answered my questions.

I look at the rejections as a business decision rather than a personal one.  Galleries have to represent the artist that they think they can sell their art.  They have a business to run and support as well as an artist and I get that!!

I would like to just pass on to the many artist out there that have a large file of rejection letters as I do to keep on making your art.  Believe in yourself and others will start to believe in you also.
I paint my oriental brush paintings for myself, not for juries, or galleries.  I paint what I love.

So the search for gallery representation goes on!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Oriental Brush Painting Workshop - 2016
6 Day workshop instructed by Darlene Kaplan.

 Create your own masterpiece in the Lingnan style of Oriental Brush Painting.

                                DATES:    August 15 thru 20, 2016
                               TIMES:     10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
                   WHERE:  Soft Brush Studio, 4609 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310

Subjects will include birds, flowers, lotus, fish, insects, & waterfalls.

 Small Lunch & drink will be provided.  If you have any special dietary needs, please bring your own lunch.

PRICE:  $450.  Please make tuition check payable to Darlene Kaplan. Payment is due before August 10, 2016
You may register now to reserve your space. Please print, fill out registration form & mail along with payment to: 

Darlene Kaplan
4609 Franconia Rd
Alexandria, VA 22310
Space is limited.  First come basics.
Registration Form:





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Agreement & Terms: Please read carefully & sign

1.    No refunds 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.  
2.    No recording allowed during the demonstrations of the workshop.
3.    It is highly recommended that you bring a pad and pencil to take notes.  
4.    Please be considerate of others and turn your phones off upon entering the art studio to get ready for a fun filled 6 days!!!

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Please park on Craft Road, follow the sidewalk to the back entrance to Soft Brush Studio.

Out of Country/State students, I recommend lodging in Springfield, VA

Sunday, May 15, 2016

oriental brush painting class

The oriental brush painting class yesterday that I taught was full. I am so lucky to have such talented and dedicated students.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

new session of oriental brush painting classes added to schedule by Darlene Kaplan

My students requested more classes over the summer before the workshop in August.
So, an additional 6 weeks session has been added this summer to the oriental brush painting classes. The new session starts June 9 till July 14th. Anyone interested?? Happiness Guaranteed.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

award winning artist

This just made my day. Arrived home after a three day workshop and had this waiting. Happy camper.