Connie Luebbert is a professional graphic designer and owner of salt and light studios (1999), with clients worldwide. She is also publisher of Salann Magazine, an artist magazine focused on giving artists a voice. As a re-emerging painter, she is currently working in watercolor and India ink wash, on rice paper within a variety of series; Animals, Americana, and Landscapes.
Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e and its Americanization
Chinese Brush Painting requires a different way of thinking…bravery, precise strokes, and no mistakes. Black India ink and water create grays, watercolor paints for color, and the whites are simply the white of the paper. There is no erasing, or painting over as with oils or acrylics. In addition, working with rice paper requires a practiced consistency of medium and water, or the stroke will bleed into undesired areas.
“In my series, Americanized Chinese Brush Paintings, I’ve taken Chinese Brush Painting to another level. These paintings not only use Americana in subject matter, but are painted in a more complex manner, with more complicated strokes and less simplicity… almost the opposite of Sumi-e. Carrying on in the Chinese tradition, each painting is finished with Chinese Calligraphy, and/or my artist signature chop.”
Recently Connie has fallen in love with encaustic painting, a medium which she works in along with acrylics, oils, and gouache.