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Creative Time – Above and below the waves

2 August 2021

Have you made it to the open space of the seaside or lochs this summer? Or can you imagine being on the water, looking out to big horizons or looking down and seeing colourful mysterious sea creatures swimming below? For our Creative Time fun artwork this month please send us any pics of drawings, photos or 3D works related to the magical world of the sea and sea creatures.

Creative Time - Above and below the waves
Swimming through the kelp forest
Creative Time - Above and below the waves

Please email to us for our Creative Time community – online on our blog and social media. It is a great way to engage with the environment and our community, relax and find inspiration.

Funky shell and sea patterns
Funky shell and sea patterns
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Swimming through the kelp forest

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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Rhythm and spaciousness in Shakyo of the Four Vast Vows

15 July 2021

Four Vast Vows Blair Thomson Japanese

At our Shakyo Sutra Copying group we had a very peaceful and relaxing time for practice. It was a really nice atmosphere. We followed the inspiring Four Vast Bodhisattva Vows – 四弘誓願文 Shiguseiganmon. This is a short (just five lines including the title) but deep and expressive, and we repeated the verse three times.

Rhythm and spaciousness in Shakyo of the Four Vast Vows

Living beings are infinite, I wish to free them,
Delusions inexhaustible, I wish to resolve them,
Dharma gates immeasurable, I wish to study them,
Buddha Way is foremost, I wish to attain it

Participants in the group traced, or copied, Blair’s example of the Four Vast Vows in Kanji characters. It can also be written in English (and by exploring the kanji meanings can be translated with different English options). 

Four Vast Vows Blair Thomson English

Copying these is an intimate way to connect with these famous wishes or pledges that zen and other Mahayana practitioners chant regularly, and is a great way to become familiar with the heartfelt meanings and poetry of each of the twenty two Chinese characters, several of which are repeated. Thanks to those who took part and for sending some photos of your Sutra copies. 🙏✨

Pat
Joan

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Midsummer Shodo brushing the Orchid Pavillion Preface

15 July 2021

On the long sunny night of midsummer’s day we had our monthly shodo calligraphy group! We worked on the famous characters ei wa kyuu nen 永和九年 , which literally means – eternal, harmony, nine, year – from the beginning of the old classic by famous calligrapher Ougishi (see the example photo at the bottom of this post) – the ‘Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavillion’ (Lantingji). 

Midsummer Shodo brushing the Orchid Pavillion Preface
Midsummer Shodo brushing the Orchid Pavillion Preface

We brushed this in the cursive styles, enjoying the freedom of the strokes and the possibilities of the sosho grass writing style. Thanks to those who took part and sent photos below.

‘In the ninth year of Yonghe (Eiwa), at the beginning of the late spring,
we have gathered at the Orchid Pavilion in the North of Kuaji Mountain for the purification ritual.
All the literati, the young and the old, have congregated.
There are high mountains and steep hills, dense wood and slender bamboos,
as well as a limpid flowing stream reflecting the surrounding.
We sit by a redirected stream with floating wine goblets.
Although short of the company of music,
the wine and poems are sufficient for us to exchange our feelings.
As for this day, the sky is clear and the air is fresh; the mild breeze greets us.
I look up at the immense universe.
I look down at myriad works [of poetry]…’

The next shodo calligraphy date is Monday August 23rd, hope you can join us  – https://japanese-shodo-calligraphy-zen-brush-august-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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Exploring shells and pebbles at Destress drawing

15 July 2021

Exploring shells and pebbles at Destress drawing

At our Destress drawing and doodling group we had a theme of being along the coast, looking down at shells and pebbles 😁 It was a joy just having the time discovering and doodling the varied shapes and textures of things from the shore and sea. 

Exploring shells and pebbles at Destress drawing

Blair’s collection inspired the group and we also had some photos to look at too. It was a soothing and inspiring summery theme. We doodled with different materials such as pencils, pens and brush pens. Blair guided folk and there was time to explore, and we listened to some coastal poetry from Kenneth White. 

Exploring shells and pebbles at Destress drawing
Exploring shells and pebbles at Destress drawing
Exploring shells and pebbles at Destress drawing

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Japanese signs at Kanji Club, 注意!

15 July 2021

We had great fun at Kanji Club in June with our theme of signage, looking at lots of really interesting and quirky signs, reading and pronouncing the vocab and sentences. We wrote some common ones such as 注意 chuui be careful! And Blair showed folk the origins of the kanji character parts and radicals in these fascinating and meaningful kanji.

Japanese signs at Kanji Club

Many thanks to the participants who sent pictures! Including those of deer martial arts and assassin fish amongst more sensible ones such as indicating the way to the rest room.

Some of the kanji we had at for the quiz were 田 den – field、心 shin – heart/mind、立 ritsu stand、音 on -sound、忠 chuu – loyalty、and we had some compound words too.

Japanese signs at Kanji Club

The next date is August 9th, see you then, matene またね! 
https://kanji-club-aug-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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Carving the Three Treasures Seal

15 July 2021

At Tenkoku Japanese and Chinese Stampmaking group Blair showed participants some of the development of his three treasures zen Buddha Dharma Sangha stamp he was working on. He gave a demonstration of carving and then making adjustments to the stone, stamping, and discussed the process of making the design, styles of the characters and composition.

Carving the Three Treasures Seal
Carving the Three Treasures Seal
Carving the Three Treasures Seal

This time those taking part worked on classic white letter stamps, of their name converted into katakana or kanji, and also a fascinating one of Bato Kannon, the horse headed Goddess of Mercy.

The next date is Monday 6th September 😊
https://japanese-and-chinese-seal-engraving-tenkoku-sep-21.eventbrite.co.uk

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Creative Time – Summer Landscape

3 June 2021

It is beautiful here into June in Glasgow, the days are bright and humid and the colours of trees, buildings and sky are vivid, people are wearing bright summery colours too! Why not take a moment to make a drawing of a summer landscape or cityscape view, or snap a photo. Here are some examples from Blair’s sketches, but feel free to do your own thing!

Trees

Please email to us for our Creative Time community – online on our blog and social media. It is a great way to engage with the environment and our community, relax and find inspiration. Thanks to Ken, Mark and M for sending their summery photos below!

Marukobashi, Tokyo
Kyoto hill garden
Finnieston Crane

Ken

M

Mark
Mark
Mark

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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Shodo brushing the curves of 有無 Umu

3 June 2021

Shodo brushing the curves of 有無 Umu

Our May Zen Brush was very relaxed and an enjoyable time brushing together. We worked with two characters u mu 有無, which together can be translated as something like – ‘nature of being is free and untethered’. We brushed them in the kaisho style, tried out the gyosho and with extra time on the curvy sosho style – they are fun and dynamic to brush together in the looser cursive styles.

The kanji and term comes up in zen writings and can be expressed as a middle way between views of being or non being. Mu is sometimes thought of in a negative way but Blair showed old examples of the kanji Chinese character going back to the very pictorial old oracle shell and bone style, and the tensho style, of the dancing person with ceremonial wood which gives a more open and positive expression of the character, and helps to engage with the kanji with the shodo practice.

Shodo brushing the curves of 有無 Umu

Here is the poem Blair read by zen master Dogen (translation by Heine), one of his favourites, which the group enjoyed listening to whilst brushing –

Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
Without looking for the traces I may have left;
A cuckoo’s song beckons me to return home;
Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
Who has told me to turn back;
But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.

It was super to see the group enjoying working on the three styles and finding it peaceful to practice. Thanks for taking part and also to those who sent their images for this blogpost 😊

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Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

3 June 2021

Our May De-stress doodling (on the third Wednesday each month) had a theme of flowing soothing water, with currents and ripples twisting along riverbanks.

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

It was a chilled zoom group with a happy atmosphere (with folk joining from North America as well as the United Kingdom mainly), some of us using pens, whilst others had coloured pencils, a graphite pencil, or watercolours. Most of us doodled water ripples and meandering rivers, some from imagination or using the images and artworks Blair provided for inspiration.

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

We embraced the delightful energy of water in our drawings and discovered it was a really nice theme to settle down with and relax. The Yellow Flower River poem excerpt from Wang Wei (see picture) captured the mood and guided us also.

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

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お弁当 Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

3 June 2021

We had a 美味しい oishii tasty foodie theme of Obento lunchbox and takeaway meal at our May Kanji Club! 🍙

Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!
Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

Looking at our own example obento box and how to use it got the group started  🍱🥢 This has been enjoyed and used many times! 😊

Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

The old meanings from China related to the Japanese word Obento お弁当 , as well as the pictorial parts of each kanji were very interesting to explore. We wrote the kanji, learning the stroke order and pronunciation also, and the radicals. Then we practiced some vocabulary related to eating, such as ekiben rail station obento, and in our jigsaw like quiz we looked at how several kanji were created from a single radical, and had some fun playing around with the kanji pieces. Thanks to participants for sending photos.

Joan

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