Art Techniques | 11 August 2017Painting Sand Dunes Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Is there anything better than the beach in the summer? Capture the essence of the ocean with this fun watercolor exercise from The Spirit of the Brush. DUNE SCENE WITH SUMMER FLOWERS My brush has taken me on a spiritual journey around the globe that I couldn’t have imagined as a girl growing up in South Korea. It has led me from East Asia to the West, from following the masters to discovering my own inner nature, from traditional painting to abstraction. With my brush, I feel that I am not only a painter, but also a dancer and a musician. I sing songs with my brush and dance with it. The techniques of water-ink (ink-wash) painting began in China and then flowered in Korea and Japan. It is the goal of every water-ink painter to become one with the brush, which can be done only through practice. For me that began in Korea in the 1980s, when I learned to paint an orchid leaf with a single brush stroke. My master, Chang, had me practice only that one stroke for a month, until I was able to paint it almost perfectly. Then he taught me how to paint the orchid flower. Just as musicians play scales and dancers practice their steps, water-ink painters practice the basic strokes to prepare for more intricate work. Dunes The beaches near my home are dotted with sand dunes and the delicate flora that decorate them. Here are several different examples of reeds. 1. I create a pattern of stalks. 2. Convey the texture of blooms by using a split dry brush. 3. Add expression of water and sky by using a hake brush or a large, soft brush. US: Chinese ink painting is one of the oldest continually practiced art forms in the world. It first appeared in China in the fifth century, and soon traveled to Korea and then to Japan. As old and deeply rooted in East Asian aesthetics and meditation as it is, ink painting is credited with influencing the development of Western modern art. Its minimalist approach to painting continues to have enormous appeal. Artist and teacher Sungsook Setton, who learned the techniques with Chinese and Korean masters in her native South Korea, brings new excitement to this age-old art. While teaching the traditional disciplines for holding and using the brush, she shows students how to turn the techniques and inner meditation toward interpreting their own world: city views, music, and the essence of contemporary life. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.