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Santa Rosa Art Association sets oriental brush painting class

Deborah Wear-Finkle will demonstrate sumi-e oriental brush techniques for an upcoming arts class. [SPECIAL TO GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA]

MILTON — Deborah Wear-Finkle will demonstrate the art of sumi-e oriental brush painting for a Santa Rosa Art Association event. She will also demonstrate a few things using western watercolors.

The demonstration is 9 a.m. March 23 in building 4800, Pensacola State College, 5988 U.S. Highway 90, Milton.

Wear-Finkle will bring practice paper, ink and some "rice" paper for everyone to try. "Do not go out and buy anything – you can make do with what you have," an SRAA media release stated.

"Wear-Finkle will have a few extra sumi brushes, but if you have some decent watercolor brushes (size 8-20 round), bring those; a small palette or dish to mix a few shades of gray; a water container; a covering for your workspace, a few watercolors if you have them."

The artist has studied the sumi-e technique for seven years under the training of Frederica Marshall, an internationally known sumi-e master ( She is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Shibui chapter in Mobile, Alabama.

She fell in love with oriental brush painting when stationed on Guam with the U.S. Navy.

This article originally appeared on Crestview News Bulletin: Santa Rosa Art Association sets oriental brush painting class