Review: Mindful Artist: Sumi-e Painting by Virginia Lloyd-Davies

Mindful Artist Sumi-e PaintingMindful Artist: Sumi-e Painting: Master the meditative art of Japanese brush painting
Author: Virginia Lloyd-Davies
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Released: December 3rd, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Mindful Artist through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Mindful Artist: Sumi-e Painting is a detailed instructional guide on how to understand and create artwork in the beautiful style of Sumi, Japanese ink wash paintings. It should be noted that the artwork in here is really more inspired by the art style, rather than a faithful follower. But personally, I love that Virginia Lloyd-Davis wasn’t afraid to add her own flair to the work itself.

Is Mindful Artist: Sumi-e Painting an art book? Absolutely. But it’s also more than that. Lloyd-Davis is also seeking to teach us about meditative artwork. How artwork can be a direct link to mindfulness, and how empowering that knowledge can be.

The artwork inside Mindful Artist: Sumi-e Painting was stunning, and the philosophy fascinating. Together these two elements made for an educational and inspirational read. It’s not quite like any other artbook I’ve read, but I enjoyed it immensely. And would encourage others to give it a try as well.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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