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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 Noun 1. Bachelor of Science - a bachelor's degree in science

bachelor's degree, baccalaureate - an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies
 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 watercolor painting, in its wider sense, refers to all pigments mixed with water rather than with oil and also to the paintings produced by this process; it includes fresco and tempera as well as aquarelle, the process now commonly meant by the generic term.  with a Chinese brush.

She has now studied this ancient art with masters in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden  and Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , and is ready to share her knowledge of this ancient art form with the residents of Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, .

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 The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672.  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


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(1 -- 2) Santa Clarita artist Karen Mills gave up computer science to follow her heart into Chinese rice-paper watercolor and will teach a three-session class on the subject.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 15, 2005

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