April 6, 2014 12:30 to 6:00pm at the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center
In this workshop we will explore sumi-e, traditional Japanese brush painting. We will also be exploring the poetic art of haiku. We will paint, write and combine the two arts in a single piece. Part of the workshop will be read and look at some of the great ink brush painters and haiku poets both modern and from long ago.
Michael Hofmann’s artistic odyssey began in 1971 with a cryptic beckoning from a Japanese Zen monk who visited the University of Santa Barbara where Michael was majoring in Asian Studies and dabbling in sculpture. After graduating in ’72, he set out for Kyoto to see what this monk and the Fates had in mind. The monk welcomed him warmly the day he arrived and said (essentially), “Do I have a teacher for you!” Three days later, Michael was sitting at the feet of Jikihara Gyokusei, Zen priest and legendary sumi-e (traditional ink painting) master, who was to become his life-long guru, mentor and friend.
After years of study as Jikihara’s uchi deshi (live-in apprentice), Michael mastered all the techniques of classical and Zen sumi-e painting and began to incorporate other media into his increasingly distinctive style. During his frequent journeys to Europe and North America to exhibit his works and teach sumi-e, he actively seeks recently been working cooperative opportunites with artists in other fields. Though he has had the frequent pleasure of collaborating with distinguished potters, collage artists, poets and print makers, his best loved tools are still brush and paper.
Michael now lives in the North Bay and is a student of meditation and koans at Pacific Zen Institute.
Cost $50.00, $45.00 members of PZI