Between bits and pieces of past memories and bits and pieces of what I pick up on the web, my data can become quite skewed. I like to believe there is some element of truth in my sources, but darned if I can always trace it to fact.
Many years ago I studied Sumi-e, or Japanese brush painting. Not in any great depth but I did feel that it taught me to better brush control... didn't think much about the art form itself. But lots of it stuck, in particular I would often find a need for a dot of dark hovering somewhere near a main dark. I've always called these dots "bei" because that's what my teacher called them. You most often see them in or near the joints of bamboo in sumi-e paintings. Anyway, lots of times I would think or say, "What this painting needs is a little bei!" and slap down a dot of dark. But think I can find any kind of reference to bei on the Internet? Nada!
A few years ago (2003) I did a series of small abstracts called "Bei," part of which I'm featuring here today. The images showed up on my screen saver and I wanted to have a closer look since some could be considered early bokushos. There is a Beiten Method of Japanese painting which is a type of pointillism, so I feel the bei/dot relationship is valid in some way. Sure wish I had a fluent-in- Japanese neighbor!
These little paintings (part of a series of eight, 10x10 with maple frames) show that I CAN work with color... a challenge after limiting myself for a year. It's good to be reminded.