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'The Nature Of The Brush'


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until September 8, 2017[days & times]
  • WHERE Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors and Interpretive Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

“The Nature of the Brush”
Modern Japanese Brush Paintings

Japanese brush painting, long influenced by Zen Buddhism, can seem mysterious or even incomplete. By design, this meditative art depicts the natural world, but also encourages viewers to interpret meaning through intuition and imagination. With only lines, dots and shapes, swift and spontaneous brush strokes explore both the nature of the paint brush, and the nature of Nature itself.

It could be a Zen riddle or koan: what is true nature?

Often painting only with sumi — or hand-ground ink — artists aim to convey the innate qualities of plants, animals, landscapes, and man-made objects. A meditative art, brush painting is most commonly done on “rice” paper, a highly absorbent medium that does not forgive a painter’s mistakes. Originally, artists applied only ink, but later artists added watercolor. Modern works can be brighter than older traditional ones.

This is the first independent exhibit by Julia Kazan Roth and Gaye Terp Lingley, two long-time students of brush painting in ink and Asian watercolors. Former students of retired teacher Takashi Ryuho Ijichi, they are veterans of many group shows in Southern California. Both West Coast natives, they inevitably bring an American sensibility to the expression of Japanese brush painting. Both freely incorporate their lives and environments into their work to adhere to the saying, “paint what you know.” Roth has exhibited for three years in the San Diego County Fair Fine Art Division, and Lingley was a 2016 award winner in Orange County for the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting.

The public is invited to the artists’ reception Sunday, August 13, 1 - 4 p.m., at the MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center.

The MTRP Foundation was formed in 1988 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation. For further information about the MTRP Art Program, please contact Vicky DeLong, Art Coordinator, at (619)286-1361 or Maggie Holloway, MTRP Foundation, at (619)668-3280.

For more information contact Tershia d’Elgin at, or (619)239-6120.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional image of Wild Wisteria, painting done by Juli...

Above: Promotional image of Wild Wisteria, painting done by Julia Roth.


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