Sumi = name of the black solid ink on bars that is used to paint, obtained from soot alloyed with resin and glue.
E = means “drawing, painting” in Japanese.
In Sumie, the strokes to represent a work's picturesque image are made with a tonal variation of the monochromatic ink (Aguadas).
The achievement of the stroke is a natural and spontaneous impression of the energies that perceives the subject of the object to paint.
It is not meant to copy, nor represent an object but to exhibit a variety of ideas and feelings across the variation of movement, modulation of pressure and the changes in the brush's pose.
When the Painting Technique “Sumie” is made according with the religious thought of Zen, the style is called “Zenga” (Zen Painting), the Principles of self-discipline, quietness, austerity and limitation are represented here.
Practitioners, on mistrusts by sensual attractions and, in order to get austerity discarded color in the works, simplifying the figurative grade, and, without being rational they propose a pictorial image via a spontaneous and direct intuition.