Karen LeGault

Karen LeGault

Karen LeGault

Karen LeGault

Karen LeGault

Karen LeGault

Instructor: Karen LeGault

October 3–4, 2020
(Saturday & Sunday, 10am–12pm & 1pm–3pm PDT)
Structure of Class: 4 two-hour Zoom sessions

All levels

Registration deadline: September 29, 2020

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Based on the concepts of chi, yin and yang, Asian style brush painting developed over the last 1500 years as one of the most intriguing, thoughtful and expressive ways of painting two-dimensional imagery. There are many more styles and appearances of brush painting than most people realize. Using Sumi-ink and opaque watercolors on rice paper we will explore the materials, the mentality and techniques of Oriental Brush Painting. The connection of the brush and ink to the paper is both satisfying and challenging. In almost every class session you will create a beautiful painting, and expand your drawing and painting skills, even if you have never painted or drawn before.

We will focus on classical subjects where the basic lessons of brush strokes are found. These brushstrokes and principles can be applied to other subjects at your discretion once you understand them.

In this class we will focus on trees – trunks, branches and leaves. Day one will focus on an evergreen, day two on deciduous.


KAREN LEGAULT is Bay Area artist with a special interest in integrating Eastern and Western ideas and techniques. While her primary work integrates Asian Brush Painting and watercolor, she occasionally works in pastel or acrylic. Her subjects are mainly floral, still life and water/landscape.

Her work displays a sense of energy, serenity, realism and subtle yet vibrant color. She works on rice paper and on traditional rag watercolor paper. The elegant simplicity, movement, joy and richness felt in her work are an extension of her 30 plus year Tai Chi practice.

Artists whose work she considers influential includes 17th century artists such as Bada Shan Ren, Yun Bun, as well as 20th century artists such as Wu Chuong Shuo, Henri Matisse, William Turner, Mark Rothko and her first teachers, John Kaneko and Ralph Goings, as well as Japanese screen paintings and Renaissance tapestries along with other diverse genres which have provided much inspiration.   

A painter since 1967, Karen won several awards with a body of work created before age 21. She went on to several years of exploration to find her own way – turning to pen and ink drawing as a meditative practice to develop her sense of being present with plants in a way she describes as “conversations.” She became interested in the feeling of “experiencing” as opposed to just seeing and to engage the viewer in the experience.

She began her study of Asian Brush Painting with Lam Po Leong in 1985 for six years. A return to finish a degree in fine art led her to study under Robert Bechtle, a photo realist contemporary of her High School teacher Ralph Goings, completing the circle from which she started and beginning a new phase of work that she has been pursuing until this day.

She has been painting professionally since 1992, teaching since 1993 at U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden and Community Centers in the North and East Bay, as well as private classes in her studio.   

Her work is exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Alameda County Art Commission for the County Records Building, the Highland Critical Care Facility, and Summit Hospital, as well as private collections worldwide. She has shown extensively at Art Fairs and Festivals throughout Northern California and as far as Phoenix for the last 16 years.

“Painting is a meditative dance – a portal to an ephemeral place that requires time and space to relax, to open my being to inner worlds of ether and inspiration. It comes from my physical body experience. It is a space whose outward symbols are revealed in energy, spacing, rhythm, movement, pulsation and transformation. I bring harmony and balance in color, shape, form and depth to engage all of the senses.”

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