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Sumie - How To Make A Brush Dance And Ink Sing: A course in Japanese brush painting

Teacher: Louis van Loon and Ingrid Adams
Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
Dates: Thursday 15 December 2016 - Monday 19 December 2016

louis-van-loon-smlingrid-adamsJapanese 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.

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Louis van Loon lectured in Buddhist philosophy at the Universities of Cape Town and Durban-Westville for 22 years.  He established the Buddhist Retreat Centre in 1980 and, along with his wife, Chrisi, directs its affairs. Both were involved in the compilation of the BRC’s popular recipe books “Quiet Food”, “The Cake the Buddha Ate” and “Plentiful:The Big Book Of Buddha Food”. His interest lies in the psychology of meditation and in the relationship between art, science, religion and philosophy.  He is an architect and consulting civil and structural engineer in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brushwork painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo. 

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.