Ink paintings of Japan and Provincetown Dunes
“Dunes, 1948--One day in our first summer in Provincetown in 1948 I walked over the dunes from the bal to the ocean. After returning I painted the experience from memory. This is the first of may ink paintings of the dunes. I found ink an expecially sympathetic medium for painting dunes.”
“Noh Dance, 1958—Not all my ink paintings have been of landscape subjects, some were figurative. In Tokyo I often spend Sundays at the Noh Theater. As the wonderfully costumed figures moved so slowly they were ideal for drawing. From my sketches I made this painting using the best Chinese ink and paper. I used my favorite lempitsu brush. This painting was a direct inspired performance that I could never duplicate.”
“Pilgrim Lake, 1075—The most liberating experience was painting right out on the dunes. I painted rapidly and freely on damp paper. Sometimes there were happy accidents, such as grains of sand on the wet painting producing starlike happenings.”
Sometimes there were rain drops on the ink paintings. Lewis loved to walk the dunes, painting and drawing the shifting sands, the circular design of the compass grasses on the sands. There is an extensive collection of ink paintings, each one unique, a direct inspired performance never to be repeated.
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