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5 Reasons to Learn Japanese Ink Painting

Ink painting, known as suibokuga or sumi-e, flourished in China from the 8th century onwards but it was not until the 13th century, when Japanese Zen monks brought this painting technique from Ch’an monasteries of southern China to Japan, that it became known in Japan and chiefly associated with Zen. It is a tradition steeped in rich history and wisdom, unique in its practice and value then, and more so today.

You are invited to learn this ancient practice right here, right now. ArtBrush school offers a wide range of courses, where you will have the opportunity to depict subjects such as plum blossom, wild orchids, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. The school also has an online library that provides access to a wealth of knowledge on this way of practice. The library includes in-depth essays on tools and materials and how to care for them, art history writings, and aesthetic notions of the masters of ink. The courses are led by Talia LeHavi, an artist, practitioner, and teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting, with over twenty-five years of experience.

Why learn Japanese ink painting?

1. Learn a New Skill

Whether painting is something completely new, or you already have experience as an artist, ink painting is pursued by people of all ages and capabilities. Everyone has an inner creative spirit; learning Japanese ink painting will allow you to unlock your creative potential and learn a new artistic skill.

2. Attune to Nature

Japanese ink painting expresses the dynamics of life and the natural world and encourages the artist to become one with the subject. Observing nature and tuning to its rhythm, fosters a great sense of inner peace. Subjects change with the seasons, allowing the practitioner to become part of the changing cycle of life. In addition, this practice uses natural materials. You will dip your brush with water, soot, and minerals pigments, using the essence of water and earth to create serene, meditative paintings.

3. Practice Meditation

Japanese ink painting is a form of active meditation. By bringing your attention to a still point where the brush meets the paper, you may find a new inner space of quiet and serenity. The practice does requires focus and mindfulness. Whether you are a beginner or already practice meditation, Japanese ink painting will support your inner authentic self whilst creating some beautiful artwork.

4. Improve Well-being

As a form of mediation, this practice has the power of improving well-being and robustness. Practicing your brush and ink painting will connect you to your unique natural rhythm, and will increase your self-awareness and resilience. You may discover that the nature of the process brings you to new chambers within you, creating a deep state of calmness and wellness.

5. Open the gate to a new culture

Japan is a land of high aesthetic. It is mysterious and fascinating, sometimes with seemingly contradictory natures and ways. The practice of Japanese ink painting provides an insight into Japanese culture and its aesthetics. By diving into this traditional art form, you will learn about the art of subtraction and symmetry, the nature of empty space and fullness, and the unique sense of harmony and balance that is characteristic of Japanese aesthetics.

Experience Japanese ink painting for yourself and discover the artist within you.

Begin your journey with ArtBrush online school today - HERE


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About the Author

Japanese Ink Painting Instructor & Artist, Talia Lehavi - Standing with a brush in front of Notes on Pine collection in Mallorca Studio

Talia LeHavi is a professional artist and a certified teacher of Japanese ink painting. Exhibiting both in the UK and internationally, she is known for her cross-disciplinary paintings, prints and ceramic tiles.

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