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CHINESE WATER COLORS MILLS TRADES COMPUTERS FOR ART.

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After 17 successful years in the computing industry, Karen Mills chucked the Age of Technology for the centuries-old beauty of Chinese watercolor.

From childhood, she had been educated in science and technology, earning a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and computer science, and a graduate degree in chemistry. Her career in technology included eight years at Oracle, two years at Microsoft and seven years at six start-up companies.

In November 2001, however, the creative side of her nature suddenly blossomed. With no background in art, she was driven to learn watercolor painting with a Chinese brush.

She has now studied this ancient art with masters in New York, San Francisco and Southern California, and is ready to share her knowledge of this ancient art form with the residents of Santa Clarita.

Mills' workshop, titled ``Introduction to Watercolors on Rice-paper,'' will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall.

Students will learn to express their creativity with water colors on rice-paper using Chinese brush techniques. There is no sketching or drawing involved. Those who attend are encouraged to let their energy flow into the brush and enjoy the spontaneous nature of this beautiful art form.

Since Mills does not follow the traditional roles of Chinese brush painting, her work has an individuality that sets it apart. Mills does, however, adhere to the fundamental principals of this genre: Everything is painted with as few strokes as possible.

The cost for all three sessions of this workshop is $35 for seniors and $75 for nonseniors. All students must pay a $35 materials fee. To register, call the Senior Center at (661) 259-9444.

Mills lives in Santa Clarita and is represented by five galleries. Samples of her work can be seen online at www.ricepaperart.com.

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Date:Aug 15, 2005
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