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Mysterious shapes and energy of trees

29 March 2019

Continuing from last week’s theme of spring growth we probed the branchy twisting shapes within trees, more easily seen before all the leaves come out.

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Thinking about the graceful shapes and sense of wisdom that trees convey, we were free to make more artworks and find connections between roots, branches, seeds, shoots, buds and the energetic positive feeling of Spring.Mysterious shapes and energy of trees

Mysterious shapes and energy of treesMysterious shapes and energy of trees

Mysterious shapes and energy of trees

Mysterious shapes and energy of trees

Using coloured pencils and pens we each drew our own tree of life.

Mysterious shapes and energy of treesMysterious shapes and energy of trees

Mysterious shapes and energy of trees

Mysterious shapes and energy of treesMysterious shapes and energy of trees

 

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Spring growth and life emerging

29 March 2019

The buds of spring and shoots, and young green leaves inspired us over two nights at Maryhill Art Group. We used our senses to look closely at the buds, daffodils and other spring shoots and flowers we had brought in, also smelling the scents.

Spring growth and life emerging

Spring growth and life emerging

Spring growth and life emergingSpring growth and life emergingAfter some leaf like curvy doodles with organic shapes in various colours, we listened to some poetry and words about the spring, the changing season, and seeds sprouting.

single wish
to sleep a night
below cherry blossoms

Ryokan

Different types of coloured pencils were used fro drawing, some finer and more delicate as well as chunkier richer coloured ones. These were ideal for giving a sense of the delicate colours at the start of this season.

Spring growth and life emerging

Spring growth and life emerging

Spring growth and life emerging

 

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Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

28 March 2019

Freedom in open spaces and big marks! Continuing from last session’s rocky theme of rocks under the earth in Glasgow, we took this into wider dimensions with more spacious scenes of sea, islands, birds.

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

This was influenced also by the rock and raked gravel dry gardens of Japan and China garden design, which placed carefully chosen stones of particular shapes into spaces to create a harmonic landscape world of mountains, seas, waterfalls and forest.

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

Fine pens as well as prockey pens and metallic pens were ideal for drawing from our expanded amount of stone – one of the participants kindly brought a beautiful collection of stones and minerals of mesmerising colours and textures.

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks

Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marksIn the second half of the group we used black ink and different types of brushes to explore totally different ways of markmaking, still keeping the textured or smooth feel of the stones, and with the spaciousness of the sea and garden spaces.Β Β Β  Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marksExpansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marksExpansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks Expansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marksExpansive vistas, soaring gannets, flying marks
 

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Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock

28 March 2019

Inspired by the rocks under our feet in Glasgow, from the carboniferous to the metamorphic hundreds of millions of years ago. We drew and doodled from our rock collection as well as from our imagination, thinking about lava rising up through the sea to create mountains, and rocky hills lowering to valleys and streams with animals and people active below the peaks.

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock
 
Our doodles were tectonic and very craggy.

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rockWorking on black paper with oil pastels helped us explore rocky textures, and enjoy trying out some funky colour combinations. The weight and feel of the stones and rocks helped to guide us. Some of us drew or wrote words about what rocks an rocky places meant for us.

We also had time to relax, thinking about this theme and feeling nice and grounded!

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rockLava rising from patterns of earth and rockLava rising from patterns of earth and rock

Lava rising from patterns of earth and rock

 

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Sights of Glasgow painted at NUC Breakfast Club

2 March 2019

We started off sketching the main shapes of the composition – of the Clyde river and Hydro, Armadillo and Tall Ship, then added the great Glasgow icon of the Duke of Wellington with his stunning traffic cone hat 🀠 Next the Squinty bridge, Finnieston Crane, some flats and the Riverside Museum. The young folk were keen on an Irn Bru bottle being included too! We had a flurry of energetic painting and have about half still to work on soon. 🎨

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Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

28 February 2019

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

After some relaxing doodles of love hearts to celebrate the group being on Valentines day, with some joyful Ryokan poetry, we picked up the cityscape-cosmos theme again with some smaller doodles first then prepared for a large piece.

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

One of the group brought in an excellent book about the solar system which helped us to draw some planetary shapes and asteroids. And the combination of visuals with words in concrete poetry helped inspire us too.

We chatted about some ideas for a composition for the big joint piece on thick cartridge paper, which we cut to match the size of the tables. We painted with watercolours and used pens also and just had fun creating something together on a large scale (3 metres wide approx).

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the starsLove is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

We worked on this in only 45 minutes before the end of the session, it amazed us how we could cover this size and not be short of ideas either. We encouraged each other, swapped places to freshen things up, and enjoyed the freedom of working with what felt like no boundaries.

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars
Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

 

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Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

21 February 2019

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

‘Art is magic’
‘Art is explosion’

Two quotes by the Japanese 20th Century sculptor and painter Okamoto Taro. His large sun and moon heads inspired us to develop some drawings based on the heavens and its deep connection to us in the city environment.

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

We listened to some poetry about the sun, moon and stars, and thought about the effect of their presence and energy on the earth, people and creatures below to get some ideas for doodling and writing a few words too.

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

As well as prockey water based pens, we used posca paint pens and then art brushes (cartridges are coloured inks) which folk really enjoyed the freedom of – the silky flowing strokes and dry brushy finish worked well on textured paper.

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Some aliens appeared in the drawings as well, and one participant creatively moved from drawing a black hole explosion to a colourful watermelon explosion.

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon πŸ™‚

 

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Meditation and Qigong with young people

10 February 2019

At Maryhill Hub on Saturday, Blair working with the NUC young people – a short session of mindfulness meditation for children with some fun Qigong movesπŸ˜ƒ

 

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Arts and culture project – calligraphy, meditation and Shakyo

3 January 2019

Mushin and Unsui calligraphy at Heart Brush

Supported by the Sasakawa Foundation, we will be running some free workshops in the North, West and central areas of Glasgow for young people and adults to discuss, explore and have fun trying out Japanese Shodo calligraphy, with some meditation and mindful awareness, such as the peaceful and meditative practice of Shakyo.Β Look out for dates in late Winter and Spring 2019! We will announce which groups are free to join (please note Zen Heart Brush is not part of this project).

Tracing the Sutras – Shakyo Peaceful practice following the Heart SutraTracing the Sutras – Shakyo Peaceful practice following the Heart Sutra

We hope toΒ inspire people in and beyond GlasgowΒ to connect with their environment through markmaking and look for shared cultural connections between Japan and Scotland, for instance with Celtic and Pictish symbols and pictograms.

Mushin and Unsui calligraphy at Heart Brush

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