Japanese brush painting draws its inspiration from Taoist nature mysticism and Zen Buddhism. It employs simple but exquisite tools: a bamboo-stemmed wolf’s hair brush, a hollowed slate in which to liquefy the solid pine-soot ink and absorbent mulberry paper. The brush is wielded with sensitivity and boldness to produce strokes that catch the characteristic nature of the shapes and textures we see around us. We will practise the classical Japanese brush strokes and their application to traditional subjects, from rock ledges and mountain formations to bamboo and flower studies. Ingrid will interpret these techniques in a contemporary way, and apply them to “found” objects. Specially imported Sumie sets, consisting of two brushes, an ink stick and suzuri (grinding slab) can be bought (R. 700) or hired (R. 75) from the Centre. This retreat includes a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Ingrid Adams has worked as a clothing and home-wear designer for the last 25 years, and has travelled extensively to India and China sourcing home textiles. A yoga teacher, and an artist, she teaches drawing and art appreciation, and offers weekly Sumie lessons in Durban.