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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ink and Wash Painting Sumi-E, Another meaning to words Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Art format with ancient origin painting and drawing style has potential to modernization too, any one listening? 

This style of painting comes from East Asia (it originated in China) and uses only different concentrations of black ink (produced by grinding a black ink stick in water) to create drawings, making judicious use of powerful line strokes and plenty of open space. Simplicity is at the heart of Sumi-E paintings.

Sumi-E, like many other Eastern art styles, has as its ultimate goal the desire to capture the essence of the subject. The artist must observe the subject and have a deep understanding of its nature and nuances. In painting a tiger, it is not as important to preserve how he looks as it is to show its majesty and power.

Sumi-E masters use the minimum number of strokes required to convey to their audience the most prominent characteristics of their subject. Excessive details are avoided.

The tools used for Sumi-E are the same as those used for Eastern calligraphy – an ink stone, an ink stick, a brush and of course, the medium, paper. An ink stone has a slight hollow in it, which is used to grind the ink stick and to hold the resulting ink. An ink stick is pine soot bound together in the form of a stick with the help of resin.

Brushes used in Sumi-E are versatile in nature, as a single brush is used to create strokes of a variety of thickness. The paper is to be absorbent only to a certain degree – rice paper is the type of paer used most frequently for such paintings.

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