Featured art: Plum Blossom



“Plum Blossom” by Marcy Von Kohorn, Vero Beach Branch (Florida)
Watercolor on rice paper (22×30)


Artist’s Statement

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.



  1. Christina Laurie says:

    Dear Marcy,
    What beautiful composition and color!
    Like you, my writing has passed these days of confinement quickly for me as well. For the 12 years I wrote obits as national chaplain, I learned that being a Creative elongates the life on Pen Women. I’ve been a member since 1965! Congratulations on your work and longevity. May you be blessed with many more creative years!

  2. Dayle Herstik says:

    Your painting is beautiful. Congratulations on your ongoing creative ability. I, too have enjoyed the meditative art of brush painting. It’s a lovely way to spend time.
    I am delighted to know we are fellow Pen Women.

  3. Dorothy Kamm says:

    Wonderful painting and interesting technique. So proud to have you as a fellow member of the Vero Beach Branch!

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