By Kay Morrissey Thompson
The paintings of sumi-e, which accurately potential "ink picture," combines calligraphy and ink-painting to supply brush portray compositions of infrequent good looks. This attractiveness is paradoxical—ancient yet glossy, uncomplicated yet advanced, daring yet subdued—no doubt reflecting the art's religious foundation in Zen Buddhism. even as sumi-e portray is firmly rooted within the wildlife, its numerous concepts serving because the painter's language for describing the wonders of nature.
Buddhist clergymen introduced the ink stick and the bamboo-handled brush to Japan from China within the 6th century, and over the last fourteen centuries Japan has constructed a wealthy history of ink-painting. this present day the artistry of sumi-e should be popular in books, reproductions and museums, however the innovations of the artwork were less available. hence, little details has been to be had to the inquisitive Western artist drawn to jap sumi-e. This publication, designed to aid therapy that deficiency, is the made of the author's learn together with her instructor, Ukai Uchiyama, grasp calligraphist and artist. It comprises broad factors of process in addition to targeted portray directions and diagrams.
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Art and Technique of Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting: Japanese Ink Painting as Taught by Ukao Uchiyama by Kay Morrissey Thompson