The Art of Simplicity: an exhibit of sumi-e and watercolor
By Marisa Ross
For the month of February, the Van Doren Gallery at Fábrica La Aurora invites Marisa Ross of Kokoro Studio to exhibit her work.
Sumi-e and watercolor by Marisa Ross
Sat, Feb 2, 6-9pm
Van Doren Gallery
Fábrica La Aurora
Painting in the Sumi-e style has inspired Marisa Ross since she first began painting, and continues to inform her more recent work with watercolor media. Here is what she writes about this “Art of Simplicity:”
Sumi-e is the ancient art of Japanese ink painting. This art form traditionally features subjects from nature and conveys their essence using a minimum of brush strokes. “When I was first introduced to sumi-e painting, I was struck by its simplicity and spontaneity: black ink and spare lines that radiate with a palpable energy that gives the impression of color,” said Marisa.
“I went that day to buy the materials I would need. They are known as the four treasures: ink stick, ink stone, rice paper, and brushes. Grinding the ink allows for a meditative space in which I can center my energy before picking up the brush.”
“ I first began to paint in the sumi-e style while living in Hawaii in the early 1970s and then it was almost 20 years before I picked up the brush again and studied with teachers of the Puget Sound Sumi-e Artists’ Society in Seattle, Washington.”
“When I arrived in San Miguel de Allende, I was delighted to encounter Yasuaki Yamashita, a local artist with whom I studied in 2005. Lessons helped me improve my brushwork and gave me practice in traditional techniques. On my own, I continue to paint in the sumi-e style and also to explore applying these techniques with watercolor on paper and canvas.”
“I love the element of surprise in working with these materials. Sumi-e does not lend itself to erasures or indecision. Sumi-e painting has become a way to express the essence of beauty that resides in nature.”
You can view Marisa’s original paintings, prints and cards at the Van Doren Gallery, Fábrica La Aurora 5C, from February 2 to 28.