How to Control the Ink Tone in Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting?
An ink and wash painting does not only consist of outlines and texture strokes. A main aesthetic element in ink and wash painting is the importance of the ink tone and the different shades of ink that can be depicted within one brush stroke. The ink Tone can be controlled through filling the brush, the angle of the brush, as well as pressure and speed used during painting.
A Brief Biography of Shen Zhou (沈周/Shen Chou/Qinan)
Shen Zhou was born into a wealthy family of tax collectors, which allowed him to receive a thorough education. Since his family was rich enough to live from its work as tax collectors, Shen did not have to seek for a government post, but could freely devote himself to painting, poetry and traveling. Even after the death of his father, who had been the head of the family, Shen did not strive after an official career, but devoted himself to the care of his mother.