The goal is not simply to reproduce the appearance of the subject, but to capture its soul. To paint a horse, the ink wash painting artist must understand its temperament better than its muscles and bones. To paint a flower, there is no need to perfectly match its petals and colors, but it is essential to convey its liveliness and fragrance. East Asian ink wash painting may be regarded as an earliest form of expressionistic art that captures the unseen.
Sumi-e paintings by Ann Shedelbower should give you the picture tonight at Blue Moon Fine Art, 718 Central Ave., Hot Springs. The gallery will be open after hours for Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m.; the artist will be there and will display some of the brushes and tools she uses in her work.