An online class in deepening your connection to the earth while learning the ancient practice of sumi-e painting.

  • Learn the basics of the ancient Chinese practice of sumi-e painting - in a way you can take with you anywhere.
  • Experience how the merging of Intentional Creativity®with the concept of ch'i influences what you create.
  • Inquiries & Demos in 6 easy lessons with reference materials.
  • No prior experience necessary.



This class is a blend of the ancient Chinese practice of sumi-e painting with Intentional Creativity®.  Sumi-e is all about connecting to the ch’i, or life essence, of what you are drawing. This connection to ch’i deepens your connection to the earth and opens up a conversation with the earth. There is an asking and listening that happens. 

I invite you to follow me on my hikes through the hills, into the red rock desert lands, and out into the local bay lands. No prior experience necessary other than a willingness to go on an adventure into nature with a brush in your hands.

When you engage in this intentional conversation, what you see with your eyes moves through your heart to your hand and out the tip of your brush to the paper and into form.

Please join me in an adventure into the heart of nature!

~ Annette

Walking in Inquiry

Together we explore the patterns and wisdom of this planet we live on, bringing our sketchbook along with us. Each week you can engage with an inquiry to inspire you and get you talking to your muse. This opens the doors to deepening your connection to the earth.

Painting with Intention

Annette teaches this ancient Chinese brush painting style through the lens of Intentional Creativity®, bringing together the concept of ch'i with the practice of intention. You learn to ask what wants to be drawn and to allow the words that want to be written to arise. 

Creating Earth Prayers

Demos are provides at each step of the way along with reference materials to work with as you learn to create earth prayers of your very own. While you are encouraged to go out into nature yourself and find things to draw, everything you need is online. 

Deepen your connection to the earth through what you create.

All of us have a story. Here is my story of my mentor and teacher Sue Hoya Sellars and how she got me started on creating sumi-e paintings and how Earth Prayers came into being. It's all part of what brings me here teaching this class to you.

“Paint like that’s what you’re doing for the rest of your life.” – Sue Hoya Sellars

What to Expect

  • The class is designed to be 6 weeks in length. Each week there is a lesson with an Inquiry and a Demo. You are encouraged to go out into nature to draw, however, reference materials are provided in most lessons in case that isn't possible. 
  • Plan to spend between 1-2 hours a week practicing and following the prompts.
  • The Materials List is sent to you upon registration. I  recommend buying this pen even if you don't take the class!
  • The class videos & lessons will be available to you for 6 months – so you will have plenty of time to complete the class. Email me with any questions! 

Going outside anyways? Bring your brushes! Tuition: $77


Some might think that walking the earth is a very serious thing, however for Annette, walking the earth and painting what she finds is just as much about pelican chuckles and snail whimsy as it is about stark white bones and tree wisdom. Annette has a way of connecting into whatever message wants to come through her brush and onto the paper and sharing that connection with us. She loves opening the door for others to pick up a brush and sketchbook and create their own earth prayer paintings.

Annette lives with her dancing daughter Eleanor, Hero (aka Rat Boy) and Princess (aka Stalker Cat), along with the man of her heart and partner in adventure, Cass. When she is not contemplating how to draw the patterns of feathers on a goose, she is likely wandering canyons of red rock, attempting to receive Hero’s latest “presents” without shrieks, or musing in her studio.

Annette is a working artist and an Intentional Creativity Teacher who studied with American Master Painter Sue Hoya Sellars, our Intentional Creativity Art Matriarch. She is Art Doctor and Faculty at the Color of Woman School and a refugee from Silicon Valley with 21 patents to her name. She is a big fan of taking left turns in one’s life to explore new ways of being. 

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"I would highly recommend this class to others. As far as advice for future participants, this is the perfect class for getting in touch with nature. Drawing from nature was intimidating to me, but this process promotes simplicity and encourages you to use all your senses to capture the essence of the object one is drawing. It also helped me to recognize the beauty in nature in even the smallest things. Also, don't get hung up on the poetry. Words and phrases actually do just come up naturally. This was actually one of the classes I have enjoyed the most."

Linda Cassella

"This was a lovely, calming class that brought me more into myself and my connection with nature through art in a different way than my usual one. I am a painter of nature, but this was different, relaxing into the simple essence of one thing at a time. I enjoyed that! I appreciated the timely reminders, which seemed to come at just the right spacing, and the short videos, which were easy to make time for. The videos and handouts, also, were a nice balance of teaching, like a three-legged stool: discussion or meditation, demonstration, and inquiry. And, as with art in Intentional Creativity, the product, although important and trickier than it looks, was subordinate to the process of looking within while looking without ~ a great metaphor for life! I think this was a great distillation of the great art of sumi-e, but without any cultural or language baggage - just the pureness of learning it. Best of all, I can take this with me in my purse and do it while traveling and jaunting about, my lifestyle now. Thank you, Annette!"

~ Barbara Hall

"Thank you for crafting such a wonderful experience. The 6 weeks flew by and you gave me so much to think about and practice. I hope to continue to connect deeply with nature through this practice."

Terese Abbott

"I had the pleasure of meeting Annette in person a few years ago, and when I saw her online offering I had no hesitation in joining her class. She has a loving and caring way of presenting the material, her knowledge and her passion. I really enjoyed the written and video prompts each week, and the way interaction online was encouraged. The videos and lessons were short and effective, which was perfect for me with a busy schedule. The skills, practice, and knowledge that was shared can be translated into anyone's day to day life. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is looking for a way to start a creative practice and connect to the world around them on a deeper level. "

~ Jennifer Russell

"Annette’s beautiful, deft teaching style put me at ease and opened my eyes—and heart—to see in new ways. Her Earth Prayer sessions were soulful and fun homages to nature’s hidden beauty. With her skilled guidance, I learned to connect to my inner stillness to see forms and hear messages that transformed into poetry."

~ Rachel Bavis

"Annette invites us to discover new ways of seeing and teaches a simple, powerful process for reflecting the beauty we find. She taught me how to capture the "essence" of natural objects with pen and watercolor that I now carry with me all the time. The act of creating these lovely "Earth Prayers" as she calls them helps me be truly present in the moment so that when I see them again, I am immediately transported back to the time and place where I found them and get to re-live that moment in its fullness. I'm so grateful for all that Annette has taught me!"

~ Tina Greene

"Annette Wagner’s Earth Prayers are a wonderful addition to my sketch pages! I had the pleasure of sitting with her on the beach one summer learning the sumi techniques that she lovingly shared. These simple ink sketches and deep listening skills have enriched my creative time while out in nature. Thank you Annette for your teachings and your Earth Prayers."

~ Sepha Nisbet

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