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Creative Time – colourful swirls

4 May 2021

This month why not take a few minutes to relax and doodle, we have a fun and  easygoing task for you to enjoy. Simply doodle some swirly spiralling lines, at your own pace. You can explore what sizes or materials, or colours or shapes you want to have. 

In the examples below we have just a few colours, one piece is with pens and the other oil pastels. Or you could simply try it with a pencil or any pen. Please email us your doodle for our community blogpost!

Creative Time - colourful swirls
Creative Time - colourful swirls

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.

Creative Time

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Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

4 May 2021

Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

At our April Kanji Club group, we celebrated Spring with Hanami 花見, the Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, often cherry blossoms. 

We explored the visual meanings of the two kanji and sounds, as well as some other kanji characters and their radical parts, and we practiced related vocabulary. Also we enjoyed our lighthearted kanji quiz which helped bring sounds, connections and meanings to each of the kanji parts and so make more sense when brought together as various kanji. 

Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

Also we read some kanji, katakana and hiragana in sweets packaging Blair had collected – the cute and sugary Koala’s March! 

Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

The next date is May 10th (the second Monday of the month), here is the Eventbrite link –
https://kanji-club-may-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

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Edges, spikes and curves of leafy patterns

4 May 2021

Edges, spikes and curves of leafy patterns

We had a spiky and swirly theme of leaves and pattern, as more green leaves and blossoms have been appearing outside to joyfully greet us 😁 

It was a friendly small group and a relaxing time doodling some funky leafy shapes. We had some warm up drawings to get us going before Blair read some poetry, talked about the theme and season, and then we had time for a free piece. Thanks to participants for sending your photos below.

Edges, spikes and curves of leafy patterns
Edges, spikes and curves of leafy patterns
Edges, spikes and curves of leafy patterns

Our short poem tonight by Basho about the season –

this time
expressing thanks to the blossoms
alas farewell

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Heaven and Earth in Shodo calligraphy

4 May 2021

Heaven and Earth in Shodo calligraphy

At our recent Zen Brush calligraphy group we brushed a lot of strokes and had fun laying out the kanji.

The text we copied was the first line of Chapter seven of Lao Tzu’s mystical Tao Te Ching (道德經 The Way of Virtue Classic, expressing spontaneity and naturalness in how we live our life with others) – about the eternal duration of heaven and earth, and we explored it by brushing four kanji in the hanshi sized paper ✨ 

‘Heaven and earth are enduring.The reason why heaven and earth can be enduring is that they do not give themselves life.
Hence they are able to be long-lived.
Therefore the sage puts his person last and it comes first,
Treats it as extraneous to himself and it is preserved.
Is it not because he is without thought of self that he is able to accomplish his private ends?’

Heaven and Earth in Shodo calligraphy

Blair showed participants how to fold the paper, find a good balance between the characters, and how and where to add their name. Everyone really enjoyed the challenge of brushing four kanji in the single page and expressing some of the poem (which one person described as sublime) in their own inky brushstrokes. Some participants kindly sent pictures of their shodo, thank you.

Heaven and Earth in Shodo calligraphy

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Meditative Shakyo tracing of the universal gateway

4 May 2021

Meditative Shakyō tracing of the universal gateway

We had a lovely couple of hours of Shakyō Sutra copying, working on the second half of the Lotus Sutra Chapter 25 Bodhisattva of Compassion Universal Gateway (Fumonbonge). It is a fascinating, poetic and visually spectacular chapter, with many interesting characters to discover meanings from, and engage with the translation. 

The Sutra often repeats the phrase – bring awareness to the power of Kannon (Avalokitesvara Perceiver of the Sounds of the World), and the tracing or copying itself is a very caring, mindful and awareness type of practice. Some of those taking part worked with pens and other used brushpens or Shakyō brushes with solid sumi ink. 

Meditative Shakyō tracing of the universal gateway

Blair talked more about the Sutra and the spirit and meanings of it, and chose some kanji characters to demonstrate the meanings, stroke order to follow, and how to hold the pen or brush and prepare all the materials.

The next shakyo meeting will be Sunday 27th June at the same time, here is the eventbrite link –

https://shakyo-tracing-the-sutras-june-2021.eventbrite.co.uk

It will be a short one next time, just five lines including the title – copying the famous Four Vast Wishes (Shiguseiganmon, also known as Four Vows). It is deep and inspiring and as there is less to copy we’ll have more time to take in the meanings of the characters and the translation. Many thanks to the participants below who were happy to share images of their Sutra copy and setup.

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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 🙂 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

Thanks very much Anne, that’s great to have your photos of the boats! (Glasgow Tall Ship)


Great Ken, thank you! Nice perspective and funky marks. You are becoming very nifty with your digital techniques 🙂

That is a fast and cute looking Shinkansen bullet train, thanks M for sending

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 坐禅 (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 雛祭り Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

1 April 2021

The theme for March was 雛祭り Hinamatsuri Dolls’ Festival. Otsukaresamadeshita – well done to those who joined! 

Celebrating 雛祭り 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 雛祭り 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 Zoom↓😉
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 Zoom↓😉

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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