Sumi-e Artists of Canada











Autumn Vegetables with Po Man Chan - October 14th, 2023

The red, gold and orange tones of the fall make memorable paintings for any time of year. Po Man Chan began her workshop on autumn vegetables with grapes. Each grape is created with two brush strokes.

A small white space provides the reflecting light on each grape.

Prior to creating a grape, Po Man Chan dipped the tip of her brush in water.

A slight space separated each grape.

The vine at the top of the bunch of grapes indicates how the grapes are held together.

Leaves are painted in three strokes.

Use the side of the brush to create a leaf.

Then more vines were created with quick strokes. The veins in a leaf are added as the leaf dries on the paper.

Artists tried painting their grapes too with help from Po Man Chan.

The gourd was the next autumn vegetable. It is outlined in a single brush stroke.

Then fill in the gourd with the same colour.

Leaves are created with broad brush strokes.

Vines on the gourd are more numerous than with grapes. They are created with quick, loose brush strokes.

Fill in the background with occasional blobs of watery paint.

Everyone wanted a photo of Po Man Chan's artistry.

Then the artists tried painting their own gourds.

Po Man Chan began the pumpkin by outlining the structure.

The sections of the pumpkin are called ribs. A drier brush creates a more rough outline to the pumpkin.

Leaves are made with the side of a brush.

Vines are more rough than those of the grapes and gourd.

When adding the colour to the pumpkin, Po Man Chan reminded artists to leave some parts white which indicate the reflection of light.

The white areas indicating reflected light align in a row.

Should you have areas to fill in, add leaves.

Po Man Chan added grass and soil to finish the work.

Po Man Chan stood beside mounted works of her own grapes and gourds.

Workshop artists had many ideas and techniques demonstrated by Po Man Chan to spark their next creation.