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Ink on paper

Ink on paper

Ink on paper

 

A traditional Japanese art but also a Zen practice, Sumi-e (ink painting) or Suiboku-ga (water and ink image) is a pictorial process, the wash drawing, which is characterized by the use in a single color (watercolor or Indian ink). We easily recognize this style because it uses the black ink wash method, which we degrade at will by adding water.

To paint his works, the artist modifies the dilution of the ink to perfect his gradations, going from deep black to very light grays. It is important to play on the thickness and sharpness of the brush strokes to give depth and life to the sketch. The position of the brush, the strength of the arm, the speed of execution, everything comes into play here! Painting a Sumi-e is like a meditation session.