Intentional Sumi-e Painting
with Annette Wagner

© 2018 Annette Wagner. All Rights Reserved.

Earth Prayers

  • Learn the basics of the ancient Chinese practice of sumi-e painting - in a way you can take with you anywhere.
  • Experience how the merging of Intentional Creativity®with the concept of ch'i influences what you create.
  • 6 weeks of Inquiries & Demos – I'll be with you every step of the way
  • No prior experience necessary! 

“Paint like that’s what you’re doing for the rest of your life.” 
– Sue Hoya Sellars

Together we explore the patterns and wisdom of this planet we live on, bringing our sketchbook along with us. Each week Annette shares an inquiry to inspire you and get you talking to your muse. This opens the doors to deepening your connection to the earth.

Annette teaches this ancient Chinese brush painting style through the lens of Intentional Creativity®, bringing together the concept of ch'i with the practice of intention. You learn to ask what wants to be drawn and to allow the words that want to be written to arise. 

Every week there are demos along with reference materials to work with as you learn to create earth prayers of your very own. While you are encouraged to go out into nature yourself and find things to draw, everything you need is online. 

Walking in Inquiry

Painting with Intention

Creating Earth Prayers

Some might think that walking the earth is a very serious thing, however for Annette, walking the earth and painting what she finds is just as much about pelican chuckles and snail whimsy as it is about stark white bones and tree wisdom. Annette has a way of connecting into whatever message wants to come through her brush and onto the paper and sharing that connection with us. She loves opening the door for others to pick up a brush and sketchbook and create their own earth prayer paintings.

Annette lives with her dancing daughter Eleanor, Hero (aka Rat Boy) and Princess (aka Stalker Cat), along with the man of her heart and partner in adventure, Cass. When she is not contemplating how to draw the patterns of feathers on a goose, she is likely wandering canyons of red rock, attempting to receive Hero’s latest “presents” without shrieks, or musing in her studio.

Annette is a working artist and an Intentional Creativity Teacher who studied with American Master Painter Sue Hoya Sellars, our Intentional Creativity Art Matriarch. She is Art Doctor and Faculty at the Color of Woman School and a refugee from Silicon Valley with 21 patents to her name. She is a big fan of taking left turns in one’s life to explore new ways of being. 

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Ch’i is manifest in men and things
as breath and soul and spirit.

In painting,
Ch’i is both the creative resources of the painter
and the essential vitality
– spiritual, divine, and creative –
that can be transmitted to a painting
and perceived by the spectator.

The Tao of Painting, Volume One, page 54-55

Annette’s beautiful, deft teaching style put me at ease and opened my eyes—and heart—to see in new ways. Her Earth Prayer sessions were soulful and fun homages to nature’s hidden beauty. With her skilled guidance, I learned to connect to my inner stillness to see forms and hear messages that transformed into poetry.

~ Rachel Bavis

Annette invites us to discover new ways of seeing and teaches a simple, powerful process for reflecting the beauty we find. She taught me how to capture the "essence" of natural objects with pen and watercolor that I now carry with me all the time. The act of creating these lovely "Earth Prayers" as she calls them helps me be truly present in the moment so that when I see them again, I am immediately transported back to the time and place where I found them and get to re-live that moment in its fullness. I'm so grateful for all that Annette has taught me!

~ Tina Greene

Annette helped me bring illumination to my work. She helped me evolve as an artist and she is a wonderful teacher.

~ Tricia Dietrich

I love working with Annette's gentle, insightful inquirys and appreciate her tips on finishing a painting. Her article on "loose her, find her" is perfect for those times *nothing* seems to be working!

~ Nadya King

Annette Wagner’s Earth Prayers are a wonderful addition to my sketch pages!  I had the pleasure of sitting with her on the beach one summer learning the sumi techniques that she lovingly shared.  These simple ink sketches and deep listening skills have enriched my creative time while out in nature. Thank you Annette for your teachings and your Earth Prayers.

~ Sepha Nisbet

What others say about working with Annette....

“Annette lives, paints and teaches creativity with amazing passion, wisdom, and authenticity. Every time I am with her, my personal and professional vision expands and brightens and I feel inspired and nourished by her insights, her constructive challenging, and her unwavering support and guidance. She is a transformational force that brings out amazing empowerment and creativity in everyone she encounters. To be coached by her is to be coached into your creative magnificence.”  

Havi Mandell, Ph.D., LCSW, HeARTrageous Life

“Thank you for creating a deliciously inviting place for us to honor ourselves and tune into the quiet space within. You are an inspiration–a compassionate, heart-centered teacher who fully practices what she teaches. I had a wonderful time.” 

Rebecca .A

“Thank you for a fabulous workshop that was inspiring, heart-centered, and playful. I LOVE my work of art. Keep teaching and spreading your passion.” 

~ Paula and Claudine Yue, mother and daughter.

What to Expect:

  • The class is 6 weeks in length. Doors open March 19thThe Classroom will stay open for one month after the last Inquiry. 
  • The Materials List  is sent to you upon registration. I strongly recommend buying the pen even if you don't take the class!
  • Each week you receive two prompts. Mondays you receive an Inquiry and a Demo. Wednesdays are work-in-progress (WIP) days. 
  • You are encouraged to go out into nature to draw, however, photographs are provided for reference in most lessons. 
  • Each prompt takes around 15-20 minutes to complete plus another 15-30 minutes during the week practicing on your own. Plan to spend between 1-2 hours a week total.
  • The class community is held in a secret Facebook group where we share musings, inspirations, and our drawings as we progress through the lessons. Access is sent upon registration. 
  • Annette joins you on a regular basis in the Facebook group throughout the week as your own personal Art Doctor

I invite you to follow me on my hikes through the hills, into the red rock desert lands, and out into the local bay lands. No prior experience necessary other than a willingness to go on an adventure into nature with a brush in your hands.

The class is a blend of the ancient Chinese practice of sumi-e painting with Intentional Creativity®

Sumi-e is all about connecting to the ch’i, or life essence, of what you are drawing. This connection to ch’i deepens your connection to the earth and opens up a conversation with the earth. There is an asking and listening that happens. 

When you engage in this intentional conversation, what you see with your eyes moves through your heart to your hand and out the tip of your brush to the paper and into form.

Ready? Join me in an adventure into the heart of nature!


Deepen your connection to the earth 

through what you create.

Cost: $147  (Early Registration: $97)

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An online class in deepening your connection to the earth while learning the ancient practice of sumi-e painting.

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