The Sumi-E Influence
I have been studying the Japanese brush painting art of Sumi-E for the past 2 years with 3rd and 4th generation Japanese Sumi-E artists, Shoko and Seiko Ohta – a mother/daughter team. http://www.toriizakaart.com/Artists/ShokoandSuikoOhta/Available-Shoko-and-Suiko-Ohta/. While Sumi-E is typically a black/white based art, the use of the brush to illustrate color is fascinating. What I love most is the use of gold and silver metallics in the colored paintings. I love way the gold and silver reflect light and highlight the paintings in a delicate, yet very bold manner. I am finding ways to incorporate this with oil and having great fun!