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Sumi Ink Painting


Sumi Ink Painting involves the use of an ink cake (or solid ink) that is dissolved into a liquid form by grinding it against an ink stone with water. The painting is created on rice paper. Rice paper is very porous so the technique of painting on rice paper requires that the brush be in motion as it comes in contact with the paper and flow in a rapid manner. This technique provides visual effects that can't be created in any other media. I found it to be very satisfying as I developed as an artist interested in "first thought - correct thought" as expressed through Zen Buddhism. My approach was based on the idea that all of life is a dance (or form of energy) and Sumi ink painting allowed me to "dance with complete freedom from all distracting thoughts" as there is no time to think once the brush is in motion and making contact with the paper. The slightest hesitation causes the brush to pause and the rice paper will immediately start to soak up the ink from the brush, resulting in a large black glob of ink. Now we are dancing in freedom. Yes!!

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“Wind over the Bridge” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Wind over the Bridge” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Wind over the Bridge” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Wind over the Bridge” Oliver Loveday © 2013

“Wind over the Bridge”
Sumi ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 5, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

“Wind over the Bridge” (detail)
Sumi ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 5, 2013

 

“Wind over the Bridge” (detail)
Sumi ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 5, 2013

 

“Wind over the Bridge” (detail)
Sumi ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 5, 2013

 

“Bliss Dance” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Bliss Dance” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Bliss Dance” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Bliss Dance” Oliver Loveday © 2013

“Bliss Dance”
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

“Bliss Dance” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Bliss Dance” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Bliss Dance” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Nothing Unmarked” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Nothing Unmarked” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Nothing Unmarked” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Nothing Unmarked” Oliver Loveday © 2013

“Nothing Unmarked”
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

“Nothing Unmarked” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Nothing Unmarked” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Nothing Unmarked” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Ventures in Nothing” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Ventures in Nothing” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Ventures in Nothing” Oliver Loveday © 2013
“Ventures in Nothing” Oliver Loveday © 2013

“Ventures in Nothing”
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

“Ventures in Nothing” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Ventures in Nothing” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

“Ventures in Nothing” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 20, 2013

 

"Passion Flow" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Passion Flow" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Passion Flow" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Passion Flow" Oliver Loveday © 2013

“Passion Flow”
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 26, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

“Passion Flow” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 26, 2013

 

“Passion Flow” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 26, 2013

 

“Passion Flow” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
January 26, 2013

 

"Saturn Moments" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Saturn Moments" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Saturn Moments" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Saturn Moments" Oliver Loveday © 2013

“Saturn Moments”
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 2, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

“Saturn Moments” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 2, 2013

 

“Saturn Moments” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 2, 2013

 

“Saturn Moments” (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 2, 2013

 

"Cloud Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Cloud Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Cloud Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013

Cloud Bones
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 6, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Cloud Bones (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 6, 2013

 

Cloud Bones (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 6, 2013

 

Cloud Bones (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 6, 2013

 

"Strato-Vibration" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Strato-Vibration" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Strato-Vibration" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Strato-Vibration" Oliver Loveday © 2013

Strato-Vibration
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 14, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Strato-Vibration (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 14, 2013

 

Strato-Vibration (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 14, 2013

 

Strato-Vibration (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 14, 2013

 

"Folds of Time" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Folds of Time" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Folds of Time" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Folds of Time" Oliver Loveday © 2013

Folds of Time
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 24, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Folds of Time (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 24, 2013

 

Folds of Time (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 24, 2013

 

Folds of Time (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 24, 2013

 

"Explosion of Awareness" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Explosion of Awareness" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Explosion of Awareness" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Explosion of Awareness" Oliver Loveday © 2013

Explosion of Awareness
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 25, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Explosion of Awareness (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 25, 2013

 

Explosion of Awareness (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 25, 2013
Explosion of Awareness (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
February 25, 2013
"Debris from Satori" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Debris from Satori" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Debris from Satori" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Debris from Satori" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Debris from Satori
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 12, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Debris from Satori (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 12, 2013

 

Debris from Satori (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 12, 2013

 

Debris from Satori (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 12, 2013

 

"Nothing Vectors" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Nothing Vectors" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Nothing Vectors" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Nothing Vectors" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Nothing Vectors
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 14, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Nothing Vectors (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 14, 2013

 

Nothing Vectors (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 14, 2013

 

Nothing Vectors (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 14, 2013

 

"Carbon-dated Sky Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Carbon-dated Sky Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Carbon-dated Sky Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Carbon-dated Sky Bones" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Carbon-dated Sky Bones
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 17, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Carbon-dated Sky Bones (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 17, 2013

 

Carbon-dated Sky Bones (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 17, 2013
Carbon-dated Sky Bones (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
March 17, 2013
"Crescendo" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Crescendo" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Crescendo" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Crescendo" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Crescendo
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 3, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Crescendo (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 3, 2013

 

Crescendo (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 3, 2013

 

Crescendo (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 3, 2013

 

"Illuminated Checkered Past" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Illuminated Checkered Past" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Illuminated Checkered Past" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Illuminated Checkered Past" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Illuminated Checkered Past
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 9, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Illuminated Checkered Past (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 9, 2013

 

Illuminated Checkered Past (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 9, 2013
Illuminated Checkered Past (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 9, 2013
"Requium for a Runner" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Requium for a Runner" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Requium for a Runner" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Requium for a Runner" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Requium for a Runner
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Requium for a Runner (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013

 

Requium for a Runner (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013

 

Requium for a Runner (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013

 

"Formation of Nothing" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Formation of Nothing" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Formation of Nothing" Oliver Loveday © 2013
"Formation of Nothing" Oliver Loveday © 2013
Formation of Nothing
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Formation of Nothing (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013

 

Formation of Nothing (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013

 

Formation of Nothing (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 15, 2013

 

"Ladder To Another Space" © Oliver Loveday 2013
"Ladder To Another Space" © Oliver Loveday 2013
"Ladder To Another Space" © Oliver Loveday 2013
"Ladder To Another Space" © Oliver Loveday 2013
Ladder To Another Space
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 20, 2013
$750.00 (USD)

 

Ladder To Another Space (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 20, 2013

 

Ladder To Another Space (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 20, 2013
Ladder To Another Space (detail)
Sumi ink and gold ink on rice paper
13 x 9.5 inches | 33 x 24 cm
April 20, 2013

The paintings, Bliss Dance, Nothing Unmarked, and Ventures in Nothing are featured in a blog "Nothing in the Snow" and a video showing the work in progress. Click the blog title to view these in a new window.

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