What is Sumi-e?
Oriental brush painting originated in China centuries ago. It spread to Japan where it became known as sumi-e. Sumi means ink and e means picture. The same sumi-e instruments are still used today: a brush, ink, ink stone and rice paper.
Over time, a variety of styles emerged. Each sumi-e artist blends these styles with his or her own characteristics to produce a unique work of art. Some works are understated, even stark, with only a few bold strokes of black ink. Others are ornate and colorful. All works try to express the essence or spirit of a subject in keeping with Japanese Zen philosophy.
Photos from workshops and shows demonstrates what it is like to create a sumi-e painting.
Why Study Sumi-e Today?
Sumi-e is a contemplative art that you can study all your life. Even masters of sumi-e painting admit there's always something more to learn. Young or old, artistically gifted or challenged, sumi-e painting is an art for anyone wanting to develop himself or herself.