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My name is Martin Kleinsman and being interested in the Japanese culture already for a long time. Movies and books about mainly the EDO-period created my interest in bonsai and the painting art, sumi-e.

The name of the site is MATSU-e. Matsu stands for pine tree and e for painting. The pine tree has been painted as windswept bonsai stile (fukinagashi), using the Japanese painting techniques for sumi-e.

I started with bonsai in 1995 and became a member of the Bonsai Vereniging Overijssel (BVO) in 1999. My knowledge about trees and bonsai is evaluated while visiting the BVO and during workshops with bonsai experts.
Statement of a bonsai expert, Masahiko Kimura:
One should have an exact goal while creating a bonsai. First of all you need to know how a bonsai is growing. In autumn you see the results of the work done till July. A tree cannot lie.
The creation of a bonsai takes several generations of men. The first generation teaches the tree his first lessons. The second generation takes over. The third after that, and so on.

I started with sumi-e in 2007, having a weekend course by Louise van Eenennaam. My interest lies not so much in the Chinese version (colorful) but more in the Japanese style, using black ink only. Also in Japanese sumi-e there are different styles. I prefer the mediation version, where, after a relaxation exercise, the brushl will be loaded with different variations of grey ink. The painting will be made in one stroke, without corrections afterwards. This panting style is originated from the Chinese calligraphy. Sumi-e uses the same brush strokes as used for calligraphy.
It is fantastic, if my feeling and energy is floating by the brush towards the rice paper.
Japanese statement; Where the pencil stroke ends, the thoughts continue, where the thoughts stop, the energy continues.
It is clear that it is required to practice a lot for both sumi-e and bonsai. But for both the Shodo statement applies.

Sho means writing (Calligraphy) and do means road.
Practicing Shodo is a learning track without an end into a creating world full of harmony, wellness and at the same time the passion, where the way is the target and the target is the way.