“Plum Blossom” by Marcy Von Kohorn, Vero Beach Branch (Florida)
Watercolor on rice paper (22×30)
Because I have to stay at home to avoid the coronavirus, I spend every day painting. I do Chinese watercolor, which makes the days pass quickly and happily. When I paint, I am lifted to another planet!
My art embodies traditional Eastern with contemporary styles of the Western world. I never use a pencil or plan my work. I work on a flat surface and warm up by doing Chinese calligraphy in ink. There is a discipline in Chinese brushwork. The brush is held like chopsticks and the artist stands while painting. The varying pressure on the brush gives the strokes the value and form. I paint on rice paper, silk, and gold leaf.
I have been a member of Pen Women for over 40 years and will be 95 years old this September.