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Title:
The sumi-e dream book : an impressionist approach to the art of Japanese brush painting
Author:
Mayhall, Yolanda.
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 x 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780823050239
Format :
Book

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Sumi-e is the classic painting style of Japan, and its graceful simplicity is admired around the world. A natural follow-up to the best-selling The Sumi-e Book, The Sumi-e Dream Book demonstrates how to take the classic brushstrokes of Sumi-e to a new level of painting, where creativity is inspired by deeply felt memories and spiritual expression. First, sumi-e artist Yolanda Mayhall provides a brief history and explains the philosophy behind this classic Japanese painting style. She highlights its many masters, one of them her ancient mentor the master brush painter, woodblock, and dream journey artist Hokosai. Next, she reviews the classic materials and the basic brushstrokes of sumi-e known as the Four Gentlemen: Bamboo, Wild Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Plum Branch, along with their variations. Finally, Mayhall puts it all together to demonstrate the sumi-e art of dream journey painting. Readers will learn a variety of creative and exciting techniques for using color to add a delightful dimension to the sumi-e image as well as discover exciting techniques for visually capturing important life memories and spiritual reflections in a painting. Written by the author of the best-selling The Sumi-e Book Taps into the growing number of artists interested in Eastern art forms and spiritual awareness Yolanda Mayhall spent years in Japan studying with renowned sumi-e masters Takeuchi and Saito. She lives in Dunnellon, Florida.


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Yolanda Mayhall spent years in Japan studying with renowned sumi-e masters Takeuchi and Saito. She lives in Dunnellon, Florida.


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Library Journal Review

The art of sumi-e had its origins in Japan when scholars returned from China in the sixth century with examples of calligraphy and monochrome ink painting. Subsequent examples of sumi-e often combined poetry with soft images of bamboo, wild orchids, chrysanthemums, and plum branches. Over the centuries, artists used this technique to create dreamlike, imaginary landscapes on screens and long scrolls, an approach that reached its most splendid heights in the 19th century with Katsushika Hokusai's multiple views of Mount Fuji. Mayhall, who studied with sumi-e masters for six years in Japan, takes Hokusai as her inspiration for impressionistic works that seek to capture memories and spiritual reflections. She also gives a brief history of the art and highlights some of its many masters. Recommended for comprehensive collections; for a broader view of the art, see Wang Jia Nan and Cai Xiaoli's Oriental Painting Course. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.