Skip to main content
All Posts By

Portia La Touche

Spring Ensemble: A Colorful Collection at Hera Hub Carlsbad

By Past Exhibit No Comments

Also featured on SD Visual Arts Network!

Date: April 7 to July 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5:15 to 7:30 pm
Event Details: Spring Ensemble: a colorful collection of oil paint, watercolors, ink and photography by Hera Hub artists Portia La Touche, Julie Fitch, Anna Fitch and Vanessa Wilde. Portia has 11 Chinese brush paintings on display.

You are invited to the May Happy Hour and Artist Reception at Hera Hub Carlsbad. Come meet the artists and see the beautiful Hera Hub workspace.

This is a free event open for Hera Hub members and non-members. Please share and bring your spouse, children and friends. Wine, cheese & snacks served.

All art will be available for purchase.
Location: Hera Hub Carlsbad, 5205 Avenida Encinas, Suite A, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Giant Brush 1/2 Day Workshop with Rosemary KimBal and Portia La Touche

By Event, Workshop No Comments
Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
Fee: $100.
Event Details: An amazing way to express yourself using giant brushes and large pieces of paper in a contemporary Asian brush painting style. Rosemary KimBal is a Master Teacher of Asian Brush Painting, and her studio is filled with inspiration. Portia La Touche is her assistant teacher. No prior painting experience is necessary. All supplies are provided, including brushes, inks, paints, and paper. All you need to bring is your imagination.

Portia and Rosemary have been painting and exhibiting together for many years. Here are some photos from prior workshops.

Please register at the Dancing Brush Studio website, or contact Portia if you would like more information.
Location: Dancing Brush Studio, Cardiff, CA 92007

12th Annual Lung Hsiang Exhibit & Sale

By Exhibit No Comments
Date: April 24, 2018 through July 10, 2018 Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 29, 2018. 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Refreshments served
Event Details: Featuring over 50 original Chinese Brush Paintings By members of the Lung Hsiang chapter of the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting. Portia will have two paintings on exhibit.
Art will be for sale.

Admission to reception is free with this invitation in hand (or mention this invitation at the front gate). Otherwise, pay Garden admission.
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, Ecke Family Building 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

2018 San Diego Fair Fine Art Exhibit

By Exhibit No Comments
Date: June 1 to July 4, 2018
Opening Reception: TBD
Event Details: The San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (still fondly referred to as the Del Mar Fair) holds one of the largest Fine Art competitions in the county. All artworks are juried in and is highly competitive. I am pleased to announce that I have one painting, a tiger, "Looking for Lunch," accepted in to the Asian Brush category and one classic zinc plate etching, "Hot Sunset," accepted in to the Color Drawing & Printmaking category. This is my first time applying to two separate fine art categories.

Portia has won Second Prize, Third Prize, and Honorable Mention awards in prior years.

The image at the footer of this page under Upcoming Exhibits is my etching, "Hot Sunset."
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA

Chinese Brush Painting Society 2018 Exhibit & Sale

By Exhibit No Comments
Date: August 28 to September 10, 2018. Open daily 11:00 to 4:00. free and open to the public
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Event Details: Chinese Brush Painting Society is a group of San Diego artists dedicated to learning and promoting the ancient art of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Members meet regularly to share ideas on all aspects of Chinese brush painting and host workshops on both traditional and contemporary styles. This is their annual exhibit and sale of artworks and represents the finest display of Chinese brush paintings by local artists. Over 50 paintings are on exhibit. Portia will have 5 new works of art. The reception is open to the public, and there are refreshments. So come to the reception, or stop by any day to enjoy the art.

Portia is the President of Chinese Brush Painting Society.
Location: Gallery 21, Spanish Village, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego 92101

“The Tao of Ink: My Path to Contemporary Asian Brush Painting” Major solo exhibit by Portia La Touche

By Exhibit No Comments
Date: JAN. 3 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Thu 1/17/2019 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Refreshments will be served
Free and Open to the public
Event Details: “The Tao of Ink: My path to Contemporary Asian Brush Painting” is an exhibit of paintings created in the ancient Asian brush painting manner with a contemporary American art esthetic.
Location: Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024

Embracing a Noble Tradition

By Past Exhibit No Comments

I am very pleased to have two paintings juried in to my first museum exhibit!

“Embracing a Noble Tradition – Chinese Painting & Calligraphy as an American Expression.”

Please join me at the opening reception at this very prestigious exhibit at

the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

one page invite

Art with Substance

By Salon Post No Comments

A great review of an art exhibit appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 12, 2017.  The exhibit is “Inventing Downtown:  Artist-Run Galleries in NYC, 1952 – 1965.”  Why did this get my attention?  The exhibit and the reviewer talk about how art had grit and character in those days, art was serious, authentic and created with integrity, before pop art and before hedge fund hyper-inflation of prices for art that, in my artistic humble opinion, really lacks integrity.  It was refreshing to read that artists, writers and curators value art with substance.  And, I think of what one of my favorite Chinese teachers, George Lin, who recently passed away, always said, “if it doesn’t have emotion, it isn’t art.”  I will strive to make my art serious and be full of emotion.

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Japanese Zen Garden Inspiration

By Salon Post No Comments
Zen Garden in Early Spring

Zen Garden in Early Spring

In September 2016 I gave an all day Chinese brush painting workshop at Lung Hsiang, the San Diego Chapter of the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting.  The subject was “Zen Garden in Four Seasons.”  The inspiration came from a Buddhist temple I visited in Kyoto, Japan, in 1985, over 30 years ago, whose image I will always treasure.  It was a simple rock garden with carefully raked gravel, enclosed by a temple wall, and a cherry tree in full blossom was dripping pink petals on to the rock garden.  In my painting lesson I simplified this vision even further, hoping to teach how to convey emotions with just a few elements and a limited color palette.

I just returned from an amazing trip back to Japan (April 2017), and of course I had to go back to that temple to see if my memory served me well.  The rock garden is at the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, a truly spiritual place for me.

Here is my painting of “Zen Garden in Early Spring” and a photograph of the rock garden with cherry blossoms dripping over the wall – just as I remembered it!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Giant Brush Workshop With Rosemary KimBal and Portia La Touche

By Event No Comments
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Fee: $175
Event Details: An amazing way to express yourself using giant brushes and large pieces of paper in a contemporary Asian brush painting style. Rosemary KimBal is a Master Teacher of Asian Brush Painting, and her studio is filled with inspiration. Portia La Touche is her assistant teacher. We have lunch together and even energize our bodies with some Tai Chi. No prior painting experience is necessary. All supplies are provided, including brushes, inks, paints, and paper. All you need to bring is your imagination.

Portia and Rosemary have been painting and exhibiting together for many years. Here are some photos from prior workshops.

Please register at the Dancing Brush Studio website, or contact Portia if you would like more information.
Location: Dancing Brush Studio, Cardiff, CA