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Free Portraits of Great Authors
Painted in the Sumi-e Tradition
By Dr. Robert T. Rhode

Free Portraits for These Great Authors: James Arthur Baldwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Willa Cather, Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante Alighieri, William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, Toni Morrison [Chloe Ardelia Wofford], Edgar A. Poe, George Sand [Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin], Amy Tan, Leo Tolstoy [Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy], Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf [Adeline Virginia Woolf].

Robert’s ink paintings fit within a tradition called sumi-e. The techniques of sumi-e began in China around the tenth century. Sumi-e does not seek realism; rather, it expresses the artist’s unique perceptions. The red seals are carved in jade. They complete the composition by drawing the eye to the red marks and by leading the viewer’s perception to circle to the black ink and to the white paper.

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Henry Li of Blue Heron Arts is a master of sumi-e. Please see his many YouTube presentations. Two of them (below) mention Robert, who feels greatly honored to have a name chop and a mood seal from Henry's hand. 

Carving a Name Chop and a Mood Seal for
 a Sumi-e Artist
(1 of 2)

Carving a Name Chop and a Mood Seal for
 a Sumi-e Artist
(2 of 2)

Also visit Henry Li's Blue Heron Arts and Classes by Henry Li.

Artwork on this page is provided at no charge and is available for your use, provided credit is given to the artist, Dr. Robert T. Rhode.

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