The Sumi-E Dream Book: An Impressionist Approach to the Art of Japanese Brush Painting

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Sumi-e is the classic painting style of Japan, and its graceful simplicity is admired around the world. A natural follow-up to the best-selling The Sumi-e Book, The Sumi-e Dream Book demonstrates how to take the classic brushstrokes of sumi-e to a new level of painting, where creativity is inspired by deeply felt memories and spiritual expression.

First, sumi-e artist Yolanda Mayhall provides a brief history and explains the philosophy behind this classic Japanese painting style. She highlights its many masters, one of them her ancient mentor the master brush painter, woodblock, and dream journey artist Hokosai. Next, she reviews the classic materials and the basic brushstrokes of sumi-e known as the Four Gentlemen: Bamboo, Wild Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Plum Branch, along with their variations.

Finally, Mayhall puts it all together to demonstrate the sumi-e art of dream journey painting. Readers will learn a variety of creative and exciting techniques for using color to add a delightful dimension to the sumi-e image as well as discover exciting techniques for visually capturing important life memories and spiritual reflections in a painting.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; First Edition edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823050238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823050239
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

A real "dream" for those interested in Sumi-e Painting

81 people found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2004
By Cailia
Being an afficionado of Chinese Brush painting, I was intrigued when I first saw this book. I’m not easily impressed by art books, and I’ve reviewed hundreds over the years, but this is one of those books that actually surprised me. It really is a dream for artists intersted in the brush painting of China and Japan. Here’s why…

Wow ! love this Book

 on February 13, 2016
After recieving this book and went through it I am so glad I bought it. I love Sum.-E paintings and am interested in learning how to do it. This book will be perfect for my learning. The pictures in this book are awesome. The instructions are clear. With practice I expect to do well.

Beautiful book with exciting ideas.

 on August 3, 2016
By Barbara Austin
A gorgeous book! I am learning sumi-e from the author’s first book … haven’t ventured into the color area yet. But I am certainly going to! The prospect is exciting.

Very Well done concept and instruction

One person found this helpful.
 on September 9, 2013
By Cathy L Katzenstein
I bought this book for the dream concept of Asian Art. After studying Asian Ink Painting for 4 plus years, I wanted to see an artist put the different primaries, such as the Four Gentlemen, together in a fluid creative way. This book is done beautifly. I loved her treatment of bird painting and placement.


 on October 5, 2015
By Virginia Simson
THIS has good to be one of the very best books I have ever bought. It just ties together my entire life AND my artistic expression.

Fantastic Sumi-E book…

 on March 24, 2016
By joan a freund
Beautifully illustrated book. The instructions are easy to understand and follow. The artwork is inspiring. You will enjoy this book very much. Happy Sumi-E.

But beautiful if you’ve more experience

 on June 28, 2016
By hari deva
Not for the beginner student. But beautiful if you’ve more experience.

Lovely brush style

 on March 25, 2014
By Sarah P. Barnes
A friend of mine in my Sumi-e class allowed me to borrow what is clearly one of his treasured books. I found Ms. Mayhall’s technique to be warm and, therefore, I purchased another of her books, The Sumi-e Book.

Five Stars

 on June 13, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Very good condition.

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