Sumi-e Design


Yesterday I was inspired to paint an ink wash painting. I took out one sheet of watercolor paper and I stirred my Sumi ink  ready. I took a deep breath and with the tip of my boar hair brush I submerged it in dark ink. I twisted the tip against the rim of my bowl to make a sharp point on the hair. Then with one large stroke I made my first impression and another. With only three dips of ink the painting was complete. And I was left with the very essence of implied expression.

Sumi-e Art described quite simply from this quote:

‘The goal is not simply to reproduce the appearance of the subject, but to capture its soul. To paint a horse, the sumi-e artist must understand its temperament better than its muscles and bones. To paint a flower, there is no need to perfectly match its petals and colors, but it is essential to convey its liveliness and fragrance. Oriental sumi-e may be regarded as an earliest form of expressionistic art that captures the unseen’.

Does this  form resemble anything to you? I will give you the answer on my next post.






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