I have been practising Japanese brush painting for many years. I use specialist Sumi-e ink brushes. The word Sum-e is the Japanese word for black painting. As part of my training I have had to learn how to use ink freely with a controlled brush stroke. The aim of Sum-e painting is to capture the essence or the spirit of the subject in the paintings. It is intended to evoke the poetry of nature using a range of different brush techniques. For example, you can see that the panda has downturned eyes, which makes it look sad. The bamboos appear to blow in the breeze.
I learnt the basic techniques of brush painting by practising the bamboo, which is an iconic symbol of Japanese brush painting. I usually paint in black, but I also enjoy experimenting with colour. The rose is a symbol of love and the beauty of nature. I am also inspired by Chinese brush painting as the two traditions share similar techniques. I enjoy painting, as it is a form of meditation that spirits me away from the everyday stresses of life.
Japanese Brush Painting