As a gift, my wife enrolled me in a short 4 week course of Suiboku-ga, the art of Japanese ink painting at the Brisbane Budo Kai Kan, Japanese Martial Arts and Cultural Centre. It was an unexpected treat. It's a small group, only four participants with instructor Yumiko Kigoshi who was great. The first class focuses on Bamboo. A quick lesson in grinding your own ink and brush technique was followed by exercises in painting stalks, stems and leaves. At the end of the lesson we put them together to make these pictures.