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Ice cream summer!

30 July 2019

The enthusiastic young people enjoyed creatively exploring bright colourful summer patterns at the fabulous Centre81 in Clydebank!

The enthusiastic young people enjoyed creatively exploring bright colourful summer patterns at the fabulous Centre81 in Clydebank!

Posted by Drawing and Painting Studio on Tuesday, 30 July 2019

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Funky shell and sea patterns

25 June 2019

Funky shell and sea patterns

Inspired by the sea shore and sea creatures, we sketched and doodled at our own pace at Clydebank art group (Centre81) using pens and pencils. This Wednesday we will use oil pastels and collage to explore the textures of the sea. 🏝 Please come along to enjoy some relaxed creative time 😉

Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
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Flowing patterns of birds, grasses and flowers

18 June 2019

Last time at Clydebank art group (Centre81) we had some de-stress doodling time and we drew some patterns with birds, flowers and grasses 🐦🌿🌺 
At the next group we will have a fresh sea theme! 🏝 
You are very welcome to come along to join us 🙂

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Colour and movement – painting with watercolours

5 June 2019

Last week at Clydebank art group  (Centre81) we had fun with watercolours inspired by nature, looking at the varied colour combinations and shapes in leaves and flowers.

Our initial doodles helped us to free up and get our creativity going!

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Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden

27 May 2019

Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden

At the Clydebank art group, we took advantage of the sunny weather to do some wee sketches and doodles outside in the leafy green Centre81 community garden, and we enjoyed other drawings inside as well using pens and coloured pencils🙂🌞🌿🌺

Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden
Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden

It was lovely and peaceful in the garden with the sound of the breeze through the trees🌳

Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden
Leafy breezy doodles in the community garden
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Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸

21 May 2019

Inspired by the canal area next to the Centre81, the leaves and flowers and shoots at the banks of the gently moving waters, we enjoyed some easygoing doodling and sketching with pens, pencils and coloured pencils. Relaxing and fun 😄

Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
Springy summery leaves and rippling water at Clydebank art group 🌿🌞🌸
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Deeply, slowly and softly – Shakyo tracing at KSD

8 May 2019

Deeply, slowly and softly - Shakyo tracing at KSD

The last of our series of free events related to Japanese calligraphy and meditative practice was Shakyo copying – tracing a sutra.
We started with a talk where Blair discussed the history of Shakyo (and of course including the famous story of Genjo / Xuanzang c 602 – 664 which was popularised in the Saiyuuki / Monkey Magic series, itself based on the fictionalised Chinese novel Journey to the West) and his experience of participating in Shakyo practice in Soto shu and Hosso shu temples in Japan taught by monks and calligraphy masters, connecting with wider zen practice.

Deeply, slowly and softly - Shakyo tracing at KSD

We then had a look at the structure and some of the many meanings in the sutra, the shortened essence or heart of the massively longer epic Dai Hannya (as the monks call it) or Vast Perfection of Wisdom Sutra.
Then we approached this session like a period of meditation, working peacefully and being absorbed into the very process of tracing each character of the chosen Heart Sutra. This is a very tranquil activity best done slowly. 

Deeply, slowly and softly - Shakyo tracing at KSD

In many ways it is also very different from Shodo calligraphy (which we explored in the other groups in this series), such as we worked on many small characters in vertical rows with small kofude brushes, grinding our own ink (listening to the sound as we did so and noticing the speed of the grinding) and connecting to the sutra rather than working with large brushes and kanji in the much more dynamic process of Shodo.

Deeply, slowly and softly - Shakyo tracing at KSD

This type of Shakyo group working with the these traditional materials and methods and looking deeply at the ideas in the sutra is new to Scotland and the UK, and we were delighted to host this and see the participants engage wholeheartedly, enjoy it and want to practice it further. Thanks again to the GB Sasakawa Foundation for their support for this project.

Deeply, slowly and softly - Shakyo tracing at KSD
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Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

1 May 2019

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

At Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan building we had a large turnout for this free Shodo calligraphy group (apologies to those we couldn’t accommodate) and enjoyed a gentle introduction to the way of Sho.

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

Before working on the kanji characters, we talked about the history of Shodo and kanji characters, and Blair’s experience in Japan and in particular with calligraphy and meditation. We looked at the traditional materials, from bunchin paper weight to shitajiki felt mat to suzuri inkwells and fude brushes, pausing reflectively to notice and feel the textures such as of the hanshi paper. 

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

In the peaceful atmosphere of the garden room (where groups such as the Glasgow Zen Group or Tibetan Buddhist group meditate) we worked on several kanji and built up to working on Koumyou 光明 – radiant light or luminous brightness – in the kaisho style and tensho styles. 

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light
Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

We also had time to try some of the strokes practice, and some participants also experimented with using the brushes to write fluidly in English alongside the kanji characters.

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light
Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light
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