Sumie-e has several points in common with martial arts, besides its belonging to Zen philosophy, the practice participates to the research of inner peace. Today, i still feel beginner and i want to stay like this because i still would like to discover, try and search.
« The spirit of the beginner contents a lot of possibilities, the spirit of the expert contents just a few.»
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen master
Sumi-e exists since the 8th century in Japan. This technique of ink wash painting is unknown in the West. It is to paint a pattern in a few lines to let the mind imagine the rest. This is a work around the white emptiness where the error has no place. I mixed this Asian technique with Western technic.
Just like practicing a martial art, each sumi-e practitioner has his own way to use it, like any art, everyone has their way to see it, to make it.
"The victory is fleeting and failure never ends."
Master Tran Huu Ha
What i have learned over the years is that in my search of the perfect line, my path has no end.
Here are some videos of paintings who show the Sumi-e technique.
This painting is really synthetic and consist in using just a few lines in some gestures.
Precise gestures. There is no place for mistakes.
The most difficult is to know when you should stop to draw to not finish the painting and let the mind finish it.