[image_with_animation image_url=”8549″ alignment=”” animation=”None” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”] Several years ago I took a few Chinese Ink painting classes from Kiki MacInnis and Bang Jin Sun at Pratt. I learned about several styles of traditional and contemporary ink painting, none of which I can remember well enough to name at the moment (sound of shuffling through old notes), but to make my point with a blunt sharpie instead of a fine pencil point of detail, roughly, I do remember there is Chinese Ink in expressionist style. Given the spring days we’ve been having, and my own hunger for spring, I thought it was time to enjoy some sumi branches. Cherry branches are such food for the eyes, after our drizzly grey winters. Here are several cherry and plum blossom paintings by Huang Yongyu, born 1949, painted in the contemporary expressionist style. I can’t say when all of these were painted since most paintings don’t have full labels, but the ones that are time stamped say 1974. Plum Blossoms, 1974 ” load_in_animation=”none Hey – if you’re eager for spring cherry blossoms, there’s a 1 day workshop on April 8th you might enjoy: Angie Dixon is teaching Blooms and Branches, in which students will learn to paint traditional sumi ink blooms and branches. Angie completed graduate studies in the People’s Republic of China at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. We invited her to the League because she was highly recommended by Hannah Deberg, who took several of Angie’s workshops, and said we should get her if we can. Hannah is very rarely incorrect about anything, and Angie is wonderful. Bring the spring!