Originally Posted by oldey
Am not alway sure that this is the appropriate place but watermedia does not have a lot of ink subjects. It's not watercolor so not where I usually hang out. Chinese or Japanese Ink brush painting must not be a popular medium. I find it challenging and love the simplicity. Maybe you can accept it as an offshoot of pen and ink.
Hopefully you can see from the responses that ink work such as this is totally appreciated here.
Don't worry about that at all ,it is a fact that pen & ink folk however purist intheir taste may be have always
used brushes & washes down the ages , sometimes exclusively so !
When Japan opened up & the sumi of the East became more widely known (late 19thC.)it had a profound effect on the P&I artists of the time & the same is still true nowadays !
An observation rather than any kind of critique would be that you use the sumi media in a very western based approach.
I mean your work is based on very careful observation
& shows an exquisite control where as the Eastern way is not drawn/painted from a direct viewing of a cat, much more it is created from the memory or impression
of a cat. Two very different approaches & results.
I have read that sumi painting itself changed radically in the 10th century (on the arrival of Buddhism) from a much more realistic approach to the emphasis being on capturing the spirit of the subject rather than the physical reality of the subject. We can still see this apparent dichotomy being played out today in art everywhere , yes even on this forum regularly !
More please , Mike