Oriental Brush Paintings
Professional Artist & CEO of Soft Brush Studio
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"Yellow Tree Peony & Bees" Oriental Brush Painting classes and workshops Available
Kaplan's Traditional Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e,
or Oriental Brush Paintings
Alexandria, VA. Award winning artist, Darlene Kaplan's Chinese Watercolors
are for sale to private, business, and or corporate art collectors worldwide.
All her paintings are on acid free rice paper, all are originals, no copies
or reproductions of any kind.
Chinese Brush Painter, Darlene Kaplan is the Author of Two Books.
To Order My Books please use the link to your left.
Link to Virginia Time Travel,Channel 10 & 69 TV program
featuring Darlene Kaplan demonstrating Koi in Chinese Brush Painting in
October 2012 on Fairfax Public Access TV. http://youtu.be/Y5SXrIjGPN0
Spring Session of Classes starts on March 5.
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Award winning Professional artist, owner and CEO of Soft Brush Studio, Darlene Kaplan has been captivating art lovers worldwide with her energetic Oriental Brush Paintings using Chinese watercolors for over 40 years. Tennessee native moved to Virginia where she pursued her love of painting.
Kaplan started out in oil painting and switched to the Oriental style when she started taking martial arts. Kaplan is a martial artist teaching Tai Chi. The energy "chi" is also essential in Oriental Brush Painting.
Kaplan paints in the Ling Nan style of Oriental Brush Painting which is a combination of Western and East Asian art. The Oriental art consists of many styles of painting that originated in China centuries ago and spread throughout Japan and Korea. This style of art is also referred to as Sumi-e, which is the fusion of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art.
In her paintings she attempts as an artist to show purity in painting the snow, brightness in the moon, fragrance in the flower, sound in the waterfall, and spirit in people. Before beginning a painting, Kaplan will have a vision in mind. In other words, "the mind has the plan and the hand follows." Once started, the brush and ink require full attention. Without the mood, brush and ink do not have anything to attach to; without brush and ink, the mood cannot be expressed. These are inseparable elements.
Kaplan has won numerous awards for her paintings and has been exhibiting for over 40 years in both group and solo exhibitions. Kaplan's Oriental Brush Paintings may be viewed in Building 16 at the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA, and at her Soft Brush Studio in Alexandria, VA, where she teaches her skill to all levels.
All Kaplan's work is derived from nature, never from photographs. Her work may be viewed at her Soft Brush Studio, Alexandria, VA, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA and The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.
All images and paintings presented on this website remain the copyright of the artist, Darlene Kaplan.
Copyright 2010 Soft Brush Studio Oriental Brush Paintings. All rights reserved. No copies allowed without written permission from the artist
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Services I Offer
Mr. Henry Wo Yue-Kee & Ms. Darlene Kaplan--2012
Mr Henry Wo Yue-Kee, Marie Shansennesy, & Darlene Kaplan at workshop-2013
Photos from Darlene Kaplan's Chinese Brush Painting Workshop, 2012
Soft Brush Studio's Award
Best Vocational School in Alexandria, VA for 2012
Link to Virginia Time Travel, Channel 10 & 69 TV program featuring Darlene Kaplan demonstrating Koi in Chinese Brush Painting. Now posted on YouTube. Program will be aired in October 2012 on Fairfax Public Access TV.