I felt this was a difficult assignment, except perhaps the Japanese technique where open lines and simplified shapes are used. Mastering ink painting is a long term process and feel I have a long way to go before I get to the point where I am happy with my work. I have read various websites where sumi e artists say they are still learning even although they have been painting for many years. I realise that I will not be able to produce perfect works of art after this course is finished. It is the starting point of a long journey. I bought two new types of paper for this assignment, a new large brush and new ink. The ink is called Yusutomo Black Sumi Ink. In the last assignments I used an ink stick. This time I wanted to try some ready make ink. I am very pleased with the ink but found it more difficult to get the various shades of black / grey.
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