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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 process seems simple enough: pouring the three primary colors of premixed watercolor paint, as well as black Asian sumi-e ink onto layers of "rice" paper. The colors mix during pouring. But then the magic happens: The pieces must be left to dry and returned to the next day in order to see the pure abstract form that has occurred. If it appears very striking, it can be left as an abstract painting. If it does not appear striking but has beautiful color blending, then one must wait for the piece to speak, revealing the glimpse of nature that can then lead to further defining the work with water color painting: it could be a rushing river, a hillside overlooking the ocean, or brilliant clouds at dawn. Because of the random nature of the process, no two paintings are alike. It is my skill in interpretation and in coaxing a new vignette of the natural world in my work that has set me apart as a master of this contempered technique. The creativity in Splash Ink with Watercolor is in the mind of the artist. This innovative style of painting expresses an exceptional and contemporary view of nature. The artists can allow themselves to let go of control and enjoy this method of creativity. It is about freedom, creativity, and imagination.

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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