A Meditation in Ink #2: Bamboo Study, One of the Four Gentlemen

The first lesson in Japanese Ink Wash Technique is painting the series of 'The Four Gentlemen' plants, where the bamboo represents the second of these (First of The Four Gentlemen: Orchid). The bamboo is a noble plant because of its strength and flexibility. The leaves are painted in a series of short strokes, the number [...]

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A Meditation in Ink #1: Orchid Study, One of the Four Gentlemen

I have recently started Japanese Ink-Painting (also known as Suiboku(ga) or Sumi-e), however I cannot find the right supplies here in South Africa. I found some of the ink on one site, but its too expensive for something I am just experimenting with and I have had no luck with the brushes or ink stones. [...]