Heron

 

A sumi zen ink wash painting of a Heron by Russ Mead.

About my heron paintings

I start each heron painting with the graceful upward flip of the head feathers. My brushes allow the line to start out thin, broaden, then thin out again. Then comes the single line that creates the lower bill and extends to form the body. The breakthrough on this design was when I stopped painting a mouth. By bringing the top of the bill and the bottom of the bill together, the mouth is implied. This design captures the elegance of the bird.

About Sumi-e ink brush painting

I attempt to capture the spirit of the animals I paint in just a few brush strokes. The art form, known ink brush painting, or Sumi painting, is over 2000 years old. Tools of the craft include an ink stick made of pitch and soot, an ink grinding stone, paper, and a brush capable of making a thin line as well as a broad stroke. Creating the original design can take months, and hundreds of attempts.  It is part of the art form for the subject to be painted over and over again.

About Zen ink brush painting

The art form has many different names. The most descriptive is ink brush painting or even just Zen painting. People around the world have been practicing this art form for over 2000 years.  One goal is to capture the spirit of a subject with a minimal number of brush strokes. Once the brush hits the paper, the ink cannot be reworked.

Traditionally, the same subject is painted over and over.  This is both to master painting the subject as well as provide focus and stability in the artist’s life.  Tools of the craft include an ink stick made of pitch and soot, an ink grinding stone, paper, and a brush capable of making a thin line as well as a broad stroke.

 I am an animal rights lawyer living in Seattle, Washington. I have worked to pass laws to reduce animal cruelty, rescued animals from large scale animal hoarders and natural disasters such as hurricane Katrina, and educate others in the field of animal law. This art allows me to connect with the spirit of these animals. Selling the art allows others to connect with the animals in a way that can only be achieved through art.

I sell these painting, originals, not prints, size 8×10 matted to 11×14 for $25.00.

Size 18×24, originals, not prints, sent in a mailing tube are $75.00.

 

Artist Zen Ink Wash