Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bamboo


I love painting bamboo.  It's my favorite subject for sumi-e, at least of all
the four gentlemen.  The background looks a little mottled.  I happened
to experiment with a paper I usually reserve for woodcut; Gampi 
off white, that I found through McClains. It seems to photograph
that way because of the buff character of the paper.  Sometimes I
know that I'm back on track with this water/ink art by the sound
of brush on paper.  There seems to be a sweet sound when the paper
is accepting of the brush.  When an artist gets into that sweet spot it 
really seems like the paper is drawing nourishment from the brush.

4 comments:

laura said...

Bamboo was my favorite to paint too, but I never managed one as lovely as this--so fluid; makes me think of the sound of light wind in palm fronds ... I like the pale accompanying bamboo too; this composition is very pleasing, subtle--perfect for bamboo.

Bill Evertson said...

Thank you Laura

Teri Prestash said...

Bill- this is stunning!
The beauty is in it's simplicity but I know that unlike my hit and run posts a lot of work went into making it simple.

Bill Evertson said...

It's easier to come up with a few good pieces when you've been practicing the same form for eight years or so. Still hard to make every effort 'look simple'. Thanks