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Samurai Bamboo!

By Fiona Shaw


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Samurai Bamboo!

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In this oriental "sumi-e" inkwash portrayal of bamboo (with tones digitally reversed), the diagonal stem reminds me of the type of sword used by traditional Japanese samurai warriors. The rather dramatic effect produced by digitally reversing the tones seems to echo the power of the sword. "The Seven Samurai" is one of my favourite films for the same reason that, as a meditator, I enjoy oriental artwork: central to both the sumi-e art approach and that of the samurai is a sense of acutely conscious, meditative focus. (Try this painting on a black t-shirt!)
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"West Meets East" is what I call this collection of pictures.
I discovered the joys of painting in my early twenties, while running a pre-school playgroup. Before clearing up each day, I would sit at a miniature art easel and experiment with paint, which inspired me to join an art class.
After three decades of intermittent watercolour painting, I was drawn to the study of Japanese inkwash. As a meditator, I had always resonated with this style of art, with its minimalist approach, where space is as important as the brush strokes, emanating a sense of calm. I was delighted to find that the technique included a full minute of meditative stirring of the inkblock before applying the fast, focused flicks of the brush, which can be either bold or subtle.
Then in 2011, I inherited the oil paints of my late father, an accomplished amateur artist (and cousin of the prominent Scottish artist, the late Sax Shaw). Immediately, I fell in love with the richness of colour and texture of oils and have mainly used this medium ever since. However, recently I have also been exploring the potential of inkpen with coloured washes - and so the creative journey continues....
Brought up in the North of England by Scottish parents, I now live in richly bohemian Brighton and divide my time between painting, English language tutoring and lapping up the local culture...




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