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Simple paintings – practical accepting and interesting facts

Monochromatic art is one of the unique phenomena. A lot of works and researches are devoted to this, but often it is considered as a thing which is rather conventional, and sometimes even decorative. This is not true. The spiritual world of the artist is full of ideas, and he/she tales care not so much about the aesthetic component, but about the spiritual one. Such kind of art is a synthesis of external and internal, explicit and implicit.
In this article we would like to pay attention not to the history of monochrome painting, but its essence. So it will be discussed. What we see in monochrome paintings is a result of the interaction of the artist with the basic triad: paper, brush, ink. It’s simple. Therefore, to understand the work correctly, it is necessary to understand the artist and his attitude to pen and ink drawings.
Paper for artists is not just improvised material, which they submit for a whim, but rather the opposite – it’s a “brother”, and therefore the attitude to it has developed in appropriate way. The paper is part of the natural environment, and people have always treated tenderly and tried to subdue and coexist with it. Paper is a tree in the past, which stood in a certain area, a certain time, “saw” something near its location. Often artists before starting to work stare at a blank sheet of paper for a long time and then start to paint. Even modern artists, who are engaged in technology of simple pictures, carefully choose the paper.
Brush is the second component, it is a continuation of the hands of the artist (again – it is a natural material). Therefore, the brush is also made for orders, but more often by the artist himself. He picked up the required length of brushes; choose a brush size and more comfortable grip. Artist wrote only by his brush and no other.
Ink is the third important element. It can be of different types: it can give after drying glossy or matt effect, which can be doped with silver or ocher, so to choose the right ink is also unimportant.

                                                      Landscapes, why are they monochromatic?

First, the artist who represent monochromatic art are not interested in the subject itself and its essence, a kind of component that is common to all living things and leads to harmony between man and nature. Therefore, the image is always a hint; it is drawn to our senses rather than for sight. Innuendo is a dialogue stimulus, and thus the connection. In the simple picture lines and spots are important, so they form an artistic language. This is not artist’s freedom who painted something what he had wanted. All in the picture has its own meaning and value, and will not be random.
Secondly, the color always carries some emotional and perceived expressiveness and it is understood differently by different people in different states, so emotional neutrality allows the viewer to engage in dialogue in a proper way, to place it to the perception, contemplation, thought.

Third, the interaction of yin and yang because any monochrome picture of pen and ink art is harmonious thanks to the reaction of ink and unspoiled area of the paper.

                                                     Pen and ink art. Why do most of the paper space is not used?

First, the empty space plunges the viewer into the picture; secondly, the simple image is created as if it was for a moment floated to the surface and is about to disappear. It is related to ideology and worldview. Thirdly, on those areas where there is no ink the texture and tone of paper is in attention.
According to the artists’ outlook, nature is perfect than human, so we should learn from it, in every possible way to take care of it, and not to destroy or subdue. So on many landscapes you can see small paintings of people, but they are always insignificant, small in relation to the landscape itself, or images of huts, which are inscribed in their surroundings and not always visible. These are all symbols of outlook.
In conclusion we need to underline that monochrome paintings are not randomly spattered ink, it is not a whim of the internal ego of the artist. It is a system of images and symbols, it is the repository of philosophical thought, and most importantly, it is the way of communication and harmonization of the surrounding world.

Here, we think the answers to the main questions raised by the audience in a collision with the simple monochrome painting. Hopefully, they will help you with the most correctly understand and accept them when you will see them.

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