Sumi-e - The art of oriental brush painting

Art lessons on Video; beginner through advanced tips and technique on how to paint with watercolor.
Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below..

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow



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Art Lessons by Captain Watercolor


Bamboo is a frequent theme in sumi-e watercolor paintingBlossems are everyones delughtfull painting theme.      Sumi-e is the term for "Chinese Brush Painting". The names are confusing, but the style is not. It has a look like nothing else.


The art of Sumi-e is about brushstroke, usage_of_space. and grace. . Its hard to describe, but watch the video and you will understand.


Sumi-e is done on rice paper, and there is ALWAYS a piece of felt or some such material underneath the paper.


Techniques for painting about Gold-fishThe technique is pretty humbling when you first try it. Understand that Chinese children have used a brush starting in kindergarten, the same way you've used a pencil. For them to force a distinct mark out of a pretty cheap brush, is easy








Sumi-e Bamboo - A Good Place To Start



Yang Hai Ying Demonstrates Bamboo Sumi-e. Bamboo seems to be the overriding theme in sumi-e, I don't know why, but maybe its the simplicity of the theme. She has made a large series of these lessons. This is Number 2. All are valuable, but constitute a lot of learning time. If you want to see the whole series, then search Youtube for   yanghaiying sumi-e .


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Plum Blossom with bird



In this example it get more complicated. The artist is painting vegetation, but also a bird. Besides technique, try to pay attention to the empty spaces. The carry a lot of power when used correctly, more on spaces later.


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Draw Roses on Rice Paper in Watercolor




Flowers, in this case, roses, are another common theme in sumi-e, as I guess they are common themes in all painting. This painting is a marvelous example of merely suggesting what you are trying to paint.

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Tabby Cat and Roses in Sumi-e



This painting is similar to the last, but begins to demonstrate multicolors. Again, pay attention to the empty spaces. Actually they are not really empty at all, think about it.  We call them negative spaces. See haw gracefully the artist handles negative spaces. Also, by definition, positive s[aces,( the subject matter). If you try a few of these your understanding of the use of negative space.

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A Single Grass Plant - Sumi-e



Its a humble beginning. to start with a single grass plant. it is also brilliant because it screams "simplicity." Pay attention to the effort put into that first stroke. It was immediately the largest line in the painting and it did the following thing. It set up the two negative spaces. It arched gracefully across the paper setting the tone of gracefulness and peacefulness. The thickness of the line varied, giving it character and telling us it is a real grass leaf, (which, of course, it is not.).


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Hot-red Peony - Sumi-e



Color in oriental painting tends to be restrained and delicate, Its this delicacy, grace, peaceful elegance which is sumi-e. This lessons show that color may also be unrestrained,