March 12, 2015 | Learn SUMI-E, Thoughts on Art, Blog
I have created the first slideshow of my Sumi-e paintings on YouTube. I intend to make more, and most likely, instructional videos. You are welcome to subscribe to my channel to get the updates on living the Sumi-e Life and my current works. Enjoy!
There are many books/articles explaining the philosophical and practical aspects of this seemingly easy, but profound form of art. Sumi-e is based on creating a union between opposite forces; black and white, motion and stillness, vitality and restraint….. following the order of nature …. the Tao …
One can get overwhelmed by the complexity of everything around him/her and even the complex nature of oneself. Living the Sumi-e life crossed my path when I was searching for a simplicity and meaning in my overwhelming personal and artistic life. Prior to this, in my drawings and paintings, I was already trying to distill the essence of my subject. Sumi-e has opened my eyes and heart by teaching me to see deeper than what is perceived by eye and mind.
Embracing the Sumi-e lifestyle and living the Sumi-e life helped me develop concentration and patience and to get clarity in seeing beyond the physical. It has become an extension of my life. I have realized that living a life by its principles, that is, constantly finding and creating balance and harmony in life’s opposing and often exaggerated energies, gives meaning to existence. In its simplicity, Sumi-e makes me experience the miraculousness of life.