Sumi-e is inkwash brush painting originating from China over a thousand years
ago, and embraced enthusiastically in Japan, Korea and now internationally. The name sumi-e literally means water+ink+painting
Ink wash painting uses soot ink on thin mulberry bark paper or silk.
Different tones and shades are achieved by varying the ink density and brush pressure. It is not simply to reproduce the appearance
of the subject, but to capture its soul. Sumi-e is the timeless unison of the true self and the universe. It is the expression
of the mind and spirit of the artist through the Four Treasures (文房四寶) .
and Calligraphy artists have the utmost respect for the Four Treasures:
Brush (筆): The ink brush is usually made of goat, rabbit, or yellow weasel hair. The textures are soft, hard or mixed
depending on the artist's use.
2. Ink (墨) : Ink sticks are made of soot
mixed with animal glue, and sometimes aromatic or medicinal powders.
3. Paper (紙)
: It is not just any kind of paper. It is thin mulberry bark paper (Xuan paper from China and Washi paper from Japan).
It is also generically called "rice paper" in the west though rice is not one of the ingredients. It
is highly absorbent and unforgiving. The brushstrokes have to be fluid and fast, and mistakes cannot be masked like
on watercolour paper.
4. Inkstone (硯) : The inkstone is used for grinding
the ink stick with water. The four famous inkstones are Duan, She, Tao and Chengni.
The North America Branch
members of ICCPS respects and adheres to this practice and ancient tradition of 'The Four Treasures' while maintaining
the individuality of their styles.
Mission: Sharing the passion of sumi-e &
calligraphy around the world without distinguishing between styles & backgrounds. Under the direction of master sumi-e
painter, Ransui Yakata, the institute seeks to form a community of independent sumi-e painters with often different styles,
but infused with the same passion.
This community of artists can help show that this unique art form can often be interpreted with sensibilities and styles that
are (quite) different. The artists associated with this initiative seek not only to promote their own artwork, but also sumi-e
art in general, which deserves its own place among the major pictorial works of the world. More than just an art form, sumi-e
is a way of being, thinking, and living. Our society is a way of demonstrating these concepts.
Goal: In addition, one of the society's primary goals is to
assist in spreading the beauty and understanding of this unique art form and culture by exhibiting this exquisite art on an
international level. Members' artwork will be shown all over the world.
~ Quarterly digital newsletter featuring the activities and achievements of the society branch members. ~ Intermittent YouTube Exhibitions via Video. ~ Projected international art exhibitions dependent on sufficient
support from membership base. ~ International exchanges between members of the society branches for study and fellowship.
Everybody is welcome to apply to this fast growing sumi society; professionals, amateurs, art connoisseurs, etc.The
most important thing is that the person should be ready to actively participate in the society.
for Joining the Society
~ The applicant
is invited and formally admitted by the founder after the person is nominated by other executives (Branch Directors)
in the society.
~ The invited artist must be a professional
or have continued their own artistic activities related to Sumi Art, such as, sumi-e or calligraphy, continuously for 3 years.
~ The applicant's art should be of pure quality.
~ The professional artist applicant should already
have been recognized by awards and/or have been successful in exhibits.
Dues: ~ Annual membership
dues are (2500) yen or approx. $28 US via PayPal). ~Annual Membership is from January to December = 2500 yen or approx.
$28 US ~Apply between July and August = 2000 yen until December or approx. $23 US ~No new members between October
(Please note that money exchange rates change frequently - generally $23 to $33)
Benefits of Membership
~ Free digital Newsletter in English (4 times a year).
~ The right to join exhibitions internationally. ~ Free submission of artworks for the Newsletter. ~ Submit articles for the bulletin. ~Some Newsletter painting lessons from Master
Ransui ~ World exposure in member art YouTube videos ~ Be part of a growing
Sumi community of like-minded artists.
ICCPS Society was founded by Master Ransui Yakata of Japan
Suiboku is a style of Japanese water painting. It has a long history,
with its roots in China, and is closely associated with the art of calligraphy. One of water painting's
major differences from oil painting is the spontaneity of execution it requires. Once a brush stroke has been made, it cannot
be changed or disguised. What is painted on the spur of the moment is instantly frozen in time for posterity. Successful water
painting therefore demands consummate skill - the honing over the years of unerring painting techniques, skills, instincts,
and total moment-by-moment concentration.
I am honored to have been asked and invited by Ransui Yakata
to be an invited artist and a society counselor/director in the International Chinese Calligraphic Art and Ink Painting
Artist Society on October 16, 2010. It is my privilege to serve as the North American Branch Director.
Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
Join Us Want to Join the Sumi Society? Interested in this fast growing society? For more information about this Sumi Society please contact me: admin(at)caseyshannon.com
4. Via PayPal (I will give you the ID) pay
your society dues ~ Thank-you!
After completion of all parts of the application process and acceptance into the Sumi Society, the Tokyo office will send
you your membership card. You will be a member in good standing and you can participate in any or all society activities.