This simple sumi-e style painting of a rabbit in the snow was rendered in the asian, minimalist painting style of sumi-e. I have long admired asian art and aesthetic principles, and especially enjoy the contrast between these and my other paintings, that have so much color, and far more detail. I also love the way practicing this art informs and enhances the other styles of art I make.
This is not, of course, a traditional sumi-e, or ink wash painting, as I have used watercolor paints and paper, as opposed to ink and rice paper. Truly, it is more inspired by such works.
he goal of ink and wash painting is not simply to reproduce the appearance of the subject, but to capture its soul. To paint a horse, the ink wash painting artist must understand its temperament better than its muscles and bones. To paint a flower, there is no need to perfectly match its petals and colors, but it is essential to convey its liveliness and fragrance. East Asian ink wash painting may be regard...