Living in Ink

Mediums: Ink, watercolor, digital processing, acrylic paint (for chop stamp; less traditional)

Note: For truly skillful & traditional sumi-e work, please look beyond Kiwi Fur; this page is intended merely as a portfolio. My brief instruction in sumi-e helped to develop my linework and watercolor skills immensely, and so I keep my old pieces here as a sort of memento, but artists more skilled in technique and tradition deserve your business far more than me. I try to benefit commercially only from my ink sketches furthest from traditional sumi-e, such as the puppy, but I do post all my work in the hopes that I may introduce others to the beauty of ink brush painting.

Comments from the artist responsible for this travesty: Basically, this title reflects the power that these relatively sparse compositions have to convey the attitudes of the living form, sometimes much more powerfully than do more intricate designs. This is what I would describe as ‘punchy’ and someone smarter than me would describe as the implicative power of minimalism. This gallery includes ink paintings inspired partly by traditional sumi-e as well as by other art forms; the puppy, for example, was painted in a more abstracted style using a mini bellows. The sumi-e works featured in this gallery, on the other hand, although not painted using traditional pigments, use many of the brushstrokes of traditional ink brush painting. Although these works are eclectic in subject matter, they are bound together by their vivacity; with a few brushstrokes, a bird, an orchid, or a dragon springs to life. Sadly, most of these dragons have now escaped, but I trust that they have found a better home, or at least one with better food.

 

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