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.
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