after attending your workshop for the first time, on returning to my daily 'practice' of painting there was a sense that there would be a 'before Alok' and an 'after Alok'! It has been a profound experience.
After the 2nd workshop, on returning to my studio, the front of my body tingled as though I were entering a bright open meadow after the delight of the woods. What fun. What joy in a fresh kind of freedom.
Your workshops are clear, simple and profound. I'm grateful to you and bow to your generous heart.
Love, Liz Shepherd
teacher of Sumi-e painting and winner of US national awards in Sumi-e
Ashland, OR workshops, Oct. 23-24, 2010 & June 25-26, 2011
Your gentle, smiling ,wise presence will stay with me always. I will never experience art in the same way again. I will have a more emotional, physical and spiritual involvement. My brush will come alive! It is not often enough that special people touch our lives. Thank you for that!
Love, Cheryl Blakeslee
Sedona Arts Center workshop, Apr. 21-22, 2012
I thought that I was taking a simple class in Japanese brush painting. What I found was a journey into, how shall I say this, the mountain of my heart....that is my heart. As I told you I have studied karate, and some of your exercises were a cross of karate and tai chi, and deep Zen philosophy. It is all one! And just what I needed in my life right now, though I didn't know it. It was joyful and fun! And I smile now thinking about it and you.
Ashland, OR workshop, June 25-26, 2011
Below are from his first workshop in American, May 10-11, 2003, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum:
What a gifted catalystógenerous in his giving and gracious as a teacher. Alok created the space and the energy to guide participants into their coreóan exhilarating experience.
I was hoping for a way to unblock my creativity, which I found in the workshop. I feel refreshed!
Making paintings and sharing stories about them became a heart-opening experience.
Time to create without judgment and to work in silence.
A life-altering experience.
Alok knows how to share the fruits of his practice.