An Artist in Previous
Greater Gig Harbor
Open Studio Tours

The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour 2018

September 14, 15, & 16

10am to 5pm




" I am passionate about painting sumi and enjoy every minute I spend
creating in my studio. It is a never-ending process that brings joy to my life.

DARLENE DIHEL ~ Artist of Japanese Ink-Brush painting

Darlene, a native Washingtonian, is a retired teacher who spent half her career in the South Pacific with husband, Merle, and two children. She came full circle about 15 years ago and settled in Gig Harbor.

The love for SUMI-E, a Japanese word which means painting a picture with black ink, began over forty years ago following a few days in Japan. She began studying and painting sumi on her own until 1999 when she discovered the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization. She continually takes classes from the group's masters. Darlene also teaches sumi classes to all ages, enters shows and festivals, and does demonstrations. As well as studying the traditional sumi-e, she adds Asian watercolors to her work and creates sumi mixed media. She's also a member of the Peninsula Art League.

A painting session begins by grinding the sumi stick with water on a grinding stone to make black ink, and then making a dish of grey ink. The animal hair bamboo brush is dipped in water, grey ink, then black. Grasping the brush in the middle with arm off the table, basic calligraphy strokes are made on rice paper to create images. Whatever the final image, creating a work of art is an experience within itself, a journey recording a brief moment in time.

Studying and painting sumi is a constant in Darlene's life. Her goal is to improve as a sumi artist although she will always be "a beginner" in this spontaneous, simplistic, spiritual style of painting.

The Artist will be demonstrating
in her studio during the art Tour.

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Enjoy the newest art and widest range of individual artist's original work providing the rare opportunity of seeing the artists in their studio environment and offering explanations and demonstrations of their materials and art process. This is also a unique time to purchase fine art directly from the artists.

Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour 2018


September 14, 15, & 16
from 10am to 5pm

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