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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 August 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781789941630
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 189x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 320
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £20



The Mindful Art of Japanese Ink Painting by Akemi Lucas (Author)

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Book Description

Learn the engaging art of Japanese sumi painting, where simple sweeps of the brush capture the essence of nature.

Sumi-e is a Japanese art that exclusively uses brushes and ink washes to combine calligraphic lines and blank space in subtle drawings and paintings. Traditionally focusing on flowers and plants, this is a mindful art form with roots in Zen Buddhism, where the focus is on capturing the essence and natural vitality of the subject, rather than creating a realistic representation.

In this beautifully illustrated step-by-step guide, master calligraphic artist Akemi Lucas describes the equipment, brush positioning, ink techniques, and mindset you will need to create seamless, sweeping strokes of the brush in black and coloured inks. Ideal for beginners and accomplished sumi-e artists, the projects start with orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom, also known as the ‘four gentlemen’, and increase in complexity through fruits and flowers, to water, insects, and birds.

Clear your mind, immerse yourself in the moment, and create natural wonderlands in ink with simple sweeps of your brush.

About the Author

About Akemi Lucas

Akemi Lucas is a Japanese calligraphy master and sumi painter based in the UK. When she qualified as a calligraphy master at the age of 24, her master gave her the name ‘Koshu’ (Red Autumn). Her distinctive calligraphy and painting style unites the ancient and the modern, celebrating eastern and western influences. She teaches calligraphy and sumi painting, has released popular sumi courses with Domestika, and has exhibited her work internationally.

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