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Joan Rasp, “Ryujo”
STELLA TING,  “Ryu Gyoku”
NANCY LEE, “Ryunan”
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Friends of Sumi-e

The society was founded in 2022 with the merger of two brush painting societies, Washu-Kai, founded in 2000 and Friends of Taka Sumi-e, founded in 2002.  It has about 80 members.


For more information on the society, Click HERE.

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Paintings by Friends of Sumi-e Society's Shihan Students

is an art-based society in San Diego, California, dedicated to studying and sharing the art of Japanese style sumi-e brush painting.

Society News

February Workshops
  • Friend of Sumi-e's monthly Open Studio painting experience meeting is on Wednesday, February 1st from 9:00am until Noon in Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park.

  • Friend of Sumi-e's monthly Workshop will be led by Takashi Sensei who will demonstrate Textile Art (fabric painting) in the Japanese Brush Painting style.  The workshop is on Saturday, February 4th from 9am to Noon in Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park.  See the Newsletter for details on suggested materials for the workshop, and for Zoom details if you are not able to make it to the Park.

Our 2023 Annual Art Exhibition

The Friends of TakaSumi-e 20th Annual Art Exhibition will be held on March 25 and 26th in Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park.

See the February Newsletter for show details and participation instructions.

For a Show Flyer, click HERE.

New Etegami Book

Cliff has added "2022 Etegami" to his e-book collection, documenting his recent thirty-day challenge to create and send an etegami postcard every day.

See more detail on the Books tab.

2023 Membership Form

Our new Membership Form for 2023 is available HERE.

Our fee is $10 and the Membership year is from October 1 to June 30th to accommodate the merger of Taka Sumi-e and Washu Kai societies.

Annual Washu-Kai Sumi-e Show

The 47th Annual Washu-Kai Art Exhibition, celebrated November 19-20, in Room 101 of Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, was a beautiful event with some nostalgic things and some new things. The art was beautiful, the tea table and experiential tables were well received by the public. The addition of Odori dancers and Taiko drums from the Buddhist Temple were a new addition, as were all the small flower arrangements sprinkled around the artworks.

Tuesday Painters on Zoom and Outdoors

Tuesday Painters is a group of FOT members and sumi-e students who meet to paint outdoors.  The informal group is now meeting 4 Tuesdays each month, alternating weekly between Zoom meetings at 12:30pm and different outdoor locations from 9am to Noon.  If you'd like to join in with the Tuesday Painters, contact Gaye Lingley   For more information click HERE.

For more details, Click HERE.

New Yosemite Book

Cliff has added "2022 Yosemite" to his e-book collection, documenting his trip to Yosemite over Mother's Day.

See more detail on the Books tab.

Our 2022 Annual Art Exhibition

The Taka Sumi-e  2022 Annual Art Exhibition is now available.

Click HERE for show details.

The 2021 show is available HERE.

Washu-Kai Virtual Show from November 2021

Washu Kai’s second annual virtual art show continues on YouTube. 

It is available HERE.

Takasumi-e Annual Party - Slideshow

A pdf of the slideshow prepared for the 2020 Annual Takasumi-e Party is attached HERE

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Society Newsletters

Friends of Takasumi-e Society newsletters are now available on this site. 

See the Newsletter page under the Events and Meetings menu item.

To view the Newsletters, Click HERE.

Wet Stretching Instructions

Cliff Brown's Wet Stretching Instructions document and a two part video demonstration are now available on this site.  See the Wet Stretching page under the How To... menu item.

To view "Wet Stretching" page, Click HERE.

Tuesday Painters Gallery


A new Tuesday Painters Gallery page has been added under the Art Galleries menu item.  We collected paintings made between 2013 and this year.  Please take a look at these very creative paintings and let us know if there is value in this approach, and what other subjects should be included with their own Gallery page.

For more details, Click HERE.

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