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Creative Time– draw your favourite Public Transport or work vehicle!

6 April 2021

We have a very different theme this month πŸ™‚ thanks to Mark, who kindly sent me a picture of his acrylic paining of a cute passenger train in the Yorkshire Dales and Ribblehead Viaduct, with lovely open space and light. Do you have a favourite public transport, or work or emergency vehicle, such as a ferry or bus or bin lorry!? Please email us a doodle, artwork, photograph or poem, any expression is fine.

Here is Mark’s lovely painting to help inspire you, thank you Mark. And also couple of sketches of museum fire engines Blair made using felt tip pens.

Mark's train painting
Glasgow Fire Engine - Blair Thomson
Glasgow Fire Engine - Blair Thomson

Have fun, doodle or come up with some creative words at our free online art community. Our regular relaxing activities – Creative Time – encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and keep in touch with us and find inspiration from other participants in Scotland and beyond!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. email us your image, 2. post to instagram with this tag #dandpstudio_creativetime or 3. post on our Facebook page.

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Brushing Zazen Meditation and Enso Zen Circle

1 April 2021

We had a peaceful shodo calligraphy session together meditatively brushing. The theme we brushed was Zazen zen sitting meditation, and we preceded this with enso  円相  brushing, which is a great practice in itself and helps you express and feel interconnection with all things and your own body-mind in a single stroke.

Brushing Zazen Meditation and Enso Zen Circle

Blair has some experience learning directly from zen monks in Japanese temples so gave some pointers for the enso practice to bring spaciousness and relaxed focus to it. 

He also explained the meanings of the za and zen in Zazen εη¦… (Chinese: Zuochan, usually translated as sitting meditation) helping us discover the visual breadth of meanings in the two characters, and connection to Dhyana.

Brushing Zazen Meditation and Enso Zen Circle

After working on enso Blair gave demos so we could brush zazen in the kaisho style (comparing styles by two teachers) and then the quirky older tensho style. It was interesting how much everyone connected with the characters, the meditation aspects and enso. 

Brushing Zazen Meditation and Enso Zen Circle

Thanks to participants for sending your images, lovely work, and Ken we like your digitised ‘Zen Kawaii’ cute zen, very funky.

Winnie

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Doodling spring joy and growth at Destress

1 April 2021

At our Destress drawing and doodling group we relaxed with a theme of Spring growth and new life and energy emerging! 

Doodling spring joy and growth at Destress

Blair had some daffodils and shoots and buds to look at and we had photos too for inspiration. Some of us drew with pencils or coloured pencils, and others with pens.

Doodling spring joy and growth at Destress
Doodling spring joy and growth at Destress

We had a mix of very loose doodles and some time for longer drawings, it was free for folk to doodle and develop pieces as they liked. Everyone enjoyed and said they found it therapeutic and fun!

Please have a look below at the participants lovely and energetic spring artworks.

Roxanne
Chris

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Celebrating ι››η₯­γ‚Š Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

1 April 2021

The theme for March was ι››η₯­γ‚Š Hinamatsuri Dolls’ Festival. Otsukaresamadeshita – well done to those who joined! 

Celebrating ι››η₯­γ‚Š Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

Hinamatsuri was on March 3rd – it is a popular festival known as the Girls’ Festival or Dolls’ Festival. Impressive carpeted platforms display beautiful ornamental dolls of the Emperor, Empress, knights, musicians and offerings in Heian period clothes – most households have one, and some of them can be really large and colourful. 

After Blair discussed the kanji and history and meanings and sounds, we wrote them in kanji and also hiragana, and looked at the the parts of the kanji and the radicals, before enjoying some related vocabulary practice and then fun quiz time with some very varied kanji and words.

Celebrating ι››η₯­γ‚Š Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

Tanoshikatta ne – and we hope you also enjoyed it! 

Please join us at any of our Kanji Club groups on zoom, you don’t need any language or writing experience.

Our next online session by Zoomβ†“πŸ˜‰
Monday 12th April 7.00pm – 8.30pm UTC+1
https://kanji-club-apr-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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Exploring the inspiring styles of seal stampmaking

1 April 2021

We investigated the main styles used in Tenkoku seal engraving, such as tensho or inten, and ancient Chinese mysterious styles such as carved into animal bones or worked into metal, discovering how these were modified and cut into stone, or also brushed onto paper.

Exploring the inspiring styles of seal stampmaking

We then had time to work on our own designs and have guidance from Blair about particular kanji characters and the styles for those kanji.

student stamp

Participants looked for ways to bring the characters together on paper, with differing amounts of spacing, in preparation for carving in stone, or cutting into eraser with a craft knife (which is the easier method and a great way to start), and had lots of fun on paper exploring many possibilities to work from!


Our next online session by Zoomβ†“πŸ˜‰

Monday 3rd May 7.00pm – 8.30pm UTC+1
https://japanese-and-chinese-seal-engraving-tenkoku-may-21.eventbrite.co.uk

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Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

1 April 2021

‘If you are cast adrift in the huge sea, bothered by troublesome dragons, fish and demons, bring awareness to the power of Kannon (Avalokitesvara Perceiver of the Sounds of the World), and the billows and waves can’t drown you ..’  πŸŒŠπŸ‘ΉπŸ™

Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

We had our meditative Shakyō Sutra copying practice by Zoom, tracing or copying character by character, with a pen or calligraphy brush or pencil depending on what participants were able to use, from the magical and compassionate ‘Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra Bodhisattva of Compassion Universal Gateway Chapter 25’. 

Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

It is full of poetry, energy and breathtaking natural imagery. Even the title itself is incredible – in Japan it is more simply known as the Fumonbonge! πŸ˜Š

Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

Blair talked about the history of Shakyō and about the Lotus sutra and particularly this famous chapter of it. Then he gave a demo of how to use the traditional Shakyō materials, as well as sharing tips for making the practice enjoyable, comfortable and meditative. It was a very peaceful and friendly group of folk who took part, and a lovely sutra to copy.

Joan

Our next online session by Zoomβ†“πŸ˜‰
Sunday 25th April 2.00pm – 4.00pm UTC+1
https://shakyo-tracing-the-sutras-april-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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Creative Time – Doodling the joyful growth of Spring

2 March 2021

As the crocuses and daffodils shoot up and fresh green leaves begin to open, why not make a doodle or two to capture the energy of Spring! It could be a few marks or some shapes of buds, here are some examples from participants to help inspire you.

Spring growth and life emerging
Atmospheric tree painting night

Dominika
The springy atmosphere of your drawing of crocuses is lovely Dominika and the subtly changing colours are soothing to look at, thank you πŸ™‚

Thanks for sharing your pencil tree artwork Elaine, nice shading and composition and feeling of growth!


Funky spring doodly drawings, thanks very much M – lots of life and nice spaces!


'Easter Seedling' by Ken
‘Easter Seedling’ by Ken – we like the sense of nurturing and growth and the earthy seasonal colours in your digital painting, thank you Ken πŸ™‚

Have fun, doodle or come up with some creative words at our free online art community. Our regular relaxing activities – Creative Time – encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and keep in touch with us and find inspiration from other participants in Scotland and beyond!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. email us your image, 2. post to instagram with this tag #dandpstudio_creativetime or 3. post on our Facebook page.

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Embracing the Spring breeze at shodo calligraphy 書道

1 March 2021

At our monthly zoom shodo calligraphy group Zen Brush we embraced the spring breeze – with ζ˜₯ι’¨ harukaze. There have been signs of spring here now, especially in the mild wind and sunnier days!

Embracing the Spring breeze at shodo calligraphy

We brushed harukaze – spring wind – in the kaisho style, the two kanji characters combining really well with their flowing and graceful variety of strokes, some delicate and others heavier. Blair helped particiapnts with any difficulties they had with brushing the strokes and how to hold and angle their brushes.

After that we worked with the older more curvy and very mysterious tensho style, inspired by the great Chinese master 18th century master Deng Shiru ι„§ηŸ³ε¦‚ (Tosekijo in Japanese) who had a fascinating life immersed in tensho and shodo. 

Embracing the Spring breeze at shodo calligraphy
Embracing the Spring breeze at shodo calligraphy
Deng Shiru with his charismatic tensho style

We had some spring themed and spacious poetry by Yoshida Kenko (14th C Japan).

Embracing the Spring breeze at shodo calligraphy

The style of tensho was really liked and Blair will return to working with that at the group. Thanks to folks for taking part and also to those who sent their images (example below capturing the feel of the tensho), some had joined for shodo for the first time and Blair was really please to see them enjoying it, and writing their names on their pieces too!

There are some signs of spring here now, I can feel it in the mild wind too!

Joan
Winnie

Our next online session by Zoomβ†“πŸ˜‰
Monday 22nd March 7.00pm – 8.30pm UTC+0
https://japanese-shodo-calligraphy-zen-brush-march-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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Cosmic doodling at the Destress drawing group

1 March 2021

We had a theme of night over the horizon – the deep spaces of the night sky above the city or landscape, with the vast space of the cosmos and stars and planets.

Cosmic doodling at the Destress drawing group

It was a very chilled out relaxing group with participants working from images Blair sent them as well as from some poetry and images Blair talked about to help folk feel the atmosphere and settle into the artwork, and just enjoy doing their own thing.

Shooting stars and planets were popular! Please see some pictures by participants below.

Cosmic doodling at the Destress drawing group

We each had different materials, some folk had pencils, other pens or a mix of these. Blair did some small demonstrations now and again of ways of doodling and drawing he thought would be nice to share, one of them was a loose colourful picture of the northern lights, using art brushes which are a really nice flowing and soft type of brush pen to make marks with.

Nightsky Blair Thomson
Cosmic doodling at the Destress drawing group
Mark doodle night sky 2
Mark doodle night sky 1

Our next online session by Zoomβ†“πŸ˜‰
Monday 17th March 7.00pm – 8.30pm UTC+0
https://de-stress-drawing-group-march-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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Finding balance and space in seal designs – Tenkoku stampmaking

1 March 2021

At our recent seal engraving group we welcomed some new faces, helped them get started with their designs, and we also spent some extra time looking at 基本归 Kihonkei – the basic form.

Finding balance and space in seal designs - Tenkoku stampmaking

We found many options in the possible forms for 2, 3 and 4 character stamps, and enjoyed the spacious balance of these. Blair explained how that could help in planning a design, and related it to some examples from inspiring Chinese and Japanese masters.

We had time to discuss what we were working on and chat about materials and fun process of both the Tenkoku stone carving and Keshigomu eraser cutting techniques.

We worked on bringing organic shapes and cuts into the stamp making so they don’t look artificially machine made, but have vitality and movement. Thanks to folks for sharing their images πŸ™‚

Joan

Our next online session by Zoomβ†“πŸ˜‰
Monday 3rd May 7.00pm – 8.30pm UTC+1
https://japanese-and-chinese-seal-engraving-tenkoku-may-21.eventbrite.co.uk

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