Ayan would often walk by the little corner studio-gallery of Koho Yamamoto in New York City and marvel at her work.

One day he finally walked in to inquire about classes and began a practice that continues until today.  What attracted him to this medium?

Perhaps the depth and simplicity that we often see in many zen paintings. Perhaps the endless repetition of strokes that is an integral part of the practice. Perhaps the meditative ritual of rubbing the ink stick on stone to create the deep dark pigment.

He is always thankful for this ritual that calms his mind as well as the hand before committing brush to paper.  In class he would often make ink for too long until Sensei (teacher) would scold him to get a move on it.

on Ayan’s ‘orchid’:
“Inspired and sincere. Ayan touches truth and stirs the soul with this piece. That’s why i love it.” Kathy Shamoun, Owner, OPENSPACE Wellness

What is Sumi-e?

The tradition of ink brush painting, Sumi-e, is known for its simplicity and spontaneity.  Its simplicity comes from the limited amount of tools it requires –  brush, ink, ink stone and paper. The ink consists of a formula of soot and glue made into a stick by a special process. This in turn is rubbed in water on an ink stone and forms what is called black ink, “sumi” in Japanese. The meditative aspect of the art begins with preparing the ink while the brushstrokes themselves relay fleeting moments in time. The artist must use the ink quickly and freely but with a controlled brushstroke and the resulting strokes cannot be manipulated or refined.

Ayan paints to participate in these precious and fleeting moments.

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