"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art." - Leonardo DaVinci
I have been delving into a little ink brushwork on rice paper to loosen up for my 31 days of painting, and in doing so, working on some Sumi-e brushstrokes. I have gone back to this practice before, having been taught many years ago by a dear friend friend from Japan. Sumi-e is meditative in process, and although the technique is important, it is the slowing down to feel the pressure of the brush on the paper, the sensitivity between eye and hand, that truly matters. In this way, the art becomes more mindful, the editing more thorough. What comes through is the essence of the thing you are drawing. Which is, at the end of the day, what good art is all about.