I feel almost embarassed to tell what I have accomplished after two days of on and off work. I want to learn Sumi-e painting. Why? To improve my skill and creativity with a brush. To improve my watercolor paintings. So I bought a couple of books and watched a few videos on Youtube and started work. Well that is when the rubber meets the road. This is tough! I have spent two days practicing strokes, working with different brushes and trying different papers.
One of my books suggested practicing by writing the Chinese symbols for “Fall”. This uses the majority of the strokes. Well I am ready to show two very imperfect attempts…
I admire so much anyone who has mastered this art. It is very exacting and requires patience, internal quiet and a steady hand.
I intend to practice more strokes today and to try my hand at bamboo next. I practice on newsprint which has proven to be very effective as a paper to practice on. These two images are painted on Sumi-e Sketch Paper. They are 4″ X 4″ and 5″ X 5″.
Helpful hints anyone?