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The Sound of One Hand: Reaching Beyond the limits of Traditional Ink Painting

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sumi vs. Sumi-e

Sumi = Ink
Sumi-e = Ink Painting

Ink and wash painting is an East Asian type of brush painting also known as wash painting or by its Japanese name sumi-e (墨絵). Ink and wash painting is also known by its Chinese name shui-mo hua (水墨畫, Japanese suibokuga (水墨画 ), Korean sumukhwa). Only black ink , the same as used in East Asian calligraphy is used, in various concentrations. My Sumi-e above is called Bell Light and is an example of contemporary Sumi-e (ink painting). I have used a bit of blue and silver Japanese watercolor in addition to the Sumi (ink). This Sumi-e is called Bell Light by accomplished artist Casey Shannon. It was inspired by sitting quietly in my garden on a summer day.

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