Notes from Edmund: Ming Franz’ 2019 Workshop


On May first La Romita kicked off the season with a group of painters led by Ming Franz. Ming is an expert and experimenter in the field of “splash painting”. The foundation of this method of painting can be found in principles originating in the Tan Dynasty of China with a technique known as Po Mo.

Po Mo is a traditional approach to Chinese painting, but Splash Ink with Watercolor pushes it into a whole new realm. The participants, many from New Mexico and California, filled our studio with incredibly colorful work. Italy is experiencing an unusually wet, grey spring so their vibrant paintings were a welcome addition.

The group went out each day, (sometimes with umbrella in hand), to visit some of central Italy’s gorgeous villages and towns. Highlights included the classic mannerist gardens of Villa Lante followed by a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Bolsena. The nearby town of Narni was celebrating their yearly town festival with a choral concert in their cathedral and a fascinating medieval market at which the artisans were busy making arts and crafts, dressed in historic garb…”sort of like the renaissance fairs in the states, but a lot more authentic.”, as one of our guests put it.

Ming teaches in New Mexico and does workshops around the country. Highly recommended!


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Sumi-e ink painting with Ming Franz . . #laromitaschool #artworkshop #sumie

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