This fish was part of a series for iHanna’s DIY postcard swap 2011.
At that time, I borrowed a book on sumi-e at the library and it was so inspiring! …And much more difficult than it seems. It’s not easy to restrain yourself to what’s essential.
“The aim of sumi-e is to create a simplified painting, traditionally motifs from nature, with elementary brush strokes to capture the basic perception. Painting is a form of meditation, which brings the artist inner gratification, release and feeling of harmony. If the finished painting brings positive feelings also to an audience, then meaning of creation is fulfilled.” Excerpt from http://sumi-e.cz/.
I was too focused on the technique to fully enjoy the benefits of sumi-e, but I can easily imagine the sensation of calm you might feel if you practice this art on a regular basis.
Have you ever tried it?