Lilith Ohan | 2014-11-13 20:50:22
No, composition, value, dimensions... are all from western art/aesthetics vocabulary. This form of art is not interested/preoccupied with the description, the photographic representation of the subject, but the spirit, the energy it transmits. I find it easier to teach someone with no art schooling background. One will need to learn to see and the way/control of the brush though.....and lots of practice.
MT McClanahan | 2014-11-11 01:10:09
Lilith you so speak directly to me so often. "Overanalyze" is my middle name! This post makes be ask, with Sumi-e, is "drawing" instruction needed beforehand--learning about form, value, etc?
DA | 2012-09-18 03:14:52
While skill is not art, yet art does require the development of skill in order to capture expressions across the spectrum of one's experiences and communicate with an audience.
And, yes, an audience must learn the artist's language, the code and symbol that form the vocabulary of the artist, in order to engage a conversation and be able to appreciate the work and the thoughts, ideas and emotions expressed therein.