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Roslyn  Levin  - "The ink sings & the brush dances"
roslyn@artbyroslyn.on.ca

Sumi-e  is a thoughtful artform.

Body, Breath & Brush ar one as I move & breathe with the brush, reaching within to share my spirit with the image on the page.

With sensitive brushwork, precise, yet spontaneous, motion and emotion emerge from the rice paper.

Each piece is painted many times, removing brushstrokes refining composition through use  of  white space (yohaku) and placement of the namestamp.

With so few brushstrokes, the grays loaded onto the brush; how the brush is held; wetness of brush & paper; speed & rhythm of breathing are considered.

The key is simplicity, elegance, beauty & serenity.

This is a moving meditation. When the brush is held ready to paint, a calm settles over me.  I am one  with brush,  paint, paper and  water flowing and dancing as I create beauty.

When introduced to sumi-e in 1976,  I was intrigued - then enchanted.

*   to paint an image many times in a  attempt  to reach perfection all the while knowing there is no perfection

*  using  tools which are  all beautifully hand-made

*  having only the white space or  yohaku and namestamp to compose an image brought to its essence with very few brushstrokes.

  Sumi-e, I have learned,  is not just a painting technique.  It is a way of approaching life.  To work constantly toward perfection in all one does, realizing that it takes time and practice.

To enjoy more of my art or to learn about my workshops please see my website www.artbyroslyn.on.ca

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