Chinese Brush Painting - Sumi-e

 

Traditional Chinese Painting, also known by the Japanese term, "Sumi-e," developed out of, and alongside, calligraphy, and therefore is very dependent on the mastery of linear brushstrokes and the integration of calligraphic inscriptions and seals with visual images. In contrast to many other painting traditions, traditional Chinese painting involves a process of capturing and expressing "qi" -- what the Chinese call the "energy" of life, or the "essence" of a subject, rather than just how it visually appears to the eye.  Individual paintings are executed quickly, in the energy ("qi") of the moment, although the brushstrokes are often practiced for hours before a painting is begun. Themes come from Nature, and although Dr. Tonelli produces both traditional images and more local and contemporary adaptations, she always adheres to traditional materials and techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

TRADITIONAL FOUR NOBLES

 

 

Chinese scholar-painters chose four plants - the "Four Nobles" or "Four Gentlemen" - that symbolized the finest qualities of human character, and also came to represent the four seasons. The Wild Orchid represents Spring, Bamboo is the Summer plant, the Chrysanthemum is the Fall flower, and the Plum Blossom symbolizes Winter.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

 

Wild Orchid Tall.jpg
Wild Orchid Tall.jpg
Bamboo Tall.jpg
Bamboo Tall.jpg
Reaching Mums.jpg
Reaching Mums.jpg
Joyful Plum Blossom.jpg
Joyful Plum Blossom.jpg
Bamboo Moon - Tranquility
Bamboo Moon - Tranquility

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

First Plum Blossom
First Plum Blossom

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Sun-Kissed Chrysanthemum
Sun-Kissed Chrysanthemum

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Early Plum Blossom
Early Plum Blossom

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Dancing Orchid
Dancing Orchid

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Bamboo Moonlight
Bamboo Moonlight

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Delicate Bamboo
Delicate Bamboo

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Bamboo and Friend
Bamboo and Friend

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Proud Bamboo
Proud Bamboo

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Bamboo Solo
Bamboo Solo

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Bright Plum Blossom
Bright Plum Blossom

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

New Mums, 2010.jpg
New Mums, 2010.jpg

 

NATURAL IMAGERY AND ABSTRACTIONS

This category of work includes more abstact images as well as subjects drawn from the artist's local environment.

Rose of Sharon Solo
Rose of Sharon Solo

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Beach Rose Blossom
Beach Rose Blossom

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Hummingbird and Rose of Sharon
Hummingbird and Rose of Sharon

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Hummingbird Glow
Hummingbird Glow

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Falling Waves
Falling Waves

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Wisteria Joy
Wisteria Joy

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Bashful Panda
Bashful Panda

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Sumi-e Cape Cod
Sumi-e Cape Cod

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Cape Cod Koi (Carp)
Cape Cod Koi (Carp)

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Sumi-e Shrimp
Sumi-e Shrimp

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Cape Hydrangea Trio
Cape Hydrangea Trio

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Peony Bright
Peony Bright

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Flower Fantasy
Flower Fantasy

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Misty Blue Hydrangea
Misty Blue Hydrangea

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e

Wisteria Wisps
Wisteria Wisps

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e