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June Long, Artist-Watercolor, Acrylic
I love the outdoors. The variety and beauty within nature’s landscapes have always been affinities of mine, especially the rewards that flowers bring.
I have been painting Sumi-e style since the mid ‘80’s. My personal style is a combination of traditional Chinese and contemporary Western techniques to bring landscapes and floral scenes to life. I practice with a variety of materials, using acrylics and watercolors to achieve the level of detail necessary in my artworks.
My goal is to bridge the gap between traditional 中國水墨畫 (sumi-e style) techniques and twenty-first century contemporary art.
Sumi-e is like a beautiful flowing circle, just like the circle of life. Every step of the way is filled with wonderful surprises, you never know how it ends, but prepared with lots of ink, a good brush and a sturdy hand, you will get excellent results. My motto is: "failed, try again" Much like the American saying: "where there is a will, there is a way!"
In many parts of Western society today, Sumi-e means ink painting derived from traditional Asian brush techniques.
The art of Sumi-e originated in China about 6000 years ago as calligraphy. Calligraphy led to painting. The first ink painting on silk dates back to about 200 B.C. During the Southern Sung Dynasty (A.D.1127 – 1276), great advances were made in the styles of painting that emphasized a direct feeling for life and spontaneity in the brushwork.