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Creative time – looking up at the wide sky

29 June 2020

Creative time - looking up at the wide sky

Over the last few weeks and months there have been such a variety of different cloud shapes and colours in the sky, here are some sky themed snapshots we have taken, mostly over the north and west of Glasgow. 

Creative time - looking up at the wide sky
Creative time - looking up at the wide sky

Please send us your photos of skies that you have looked at. They might inspire us to draw from them or write a few words too.

Creative time - looking up at the wide sky

Even on an overcast wet day it can be soothing as well to look out the window at passing clouds, with a momentary glimpse of a seagull or duck if we’re lucky!

Creative time - looking up at the wide sky

shaken by rain and wind from purple clouds
glittering green tree tops dance freely
buffeted sand martins dart, roll and dive above us

Creative time - looking up at the wide sky
From our sky collection – of Tokyo and Mount Fuji in the evening with the far off skyscrapers of Shinjuku

Your photograph below has a tranquil and settled mood Joan, thanks for sending this sunset photo from British Columbia. 🇨🇦

Joan's sky photo

Thanks Alan for these dramatic and peaceful wide open photos of the West Coast of Scotland, as well as in the quiet sanctuary of a spacious Glasgow park. Some pictures below are from Sanna Bay looking towards the islands of Muck, Eigg and Rum.

Alan's sky photo
Alan's sky photo
Alan's sky photo
Alan's sky photo
Alan's sky photo
Alan's sky photo

Mark, thanks for the lovely colourful photos, we feel transported to places we love but haven’t been able to get to during the lockdown. These summery pictures are from around Glasgow and Crieff, thanks also to your family for sending some 🙂

Mark's sky photo
Mark's sky photo
Mark's sky photo
Mark's sky photo

Elaine, love your inspiring sky photos and artworks – really magical and full of energy and drama!! Thanks a lot for sharing these. It’s great how you have so much variety to your artworks 😀

Elaine's sky artwork
Elaine's sky artwork
Elaine's sky photo

Fascinating, uplifting and curious skyscapes from Margaret, the glowing lights really pull us in. The locations are to the north of Glasgow and from the silvery waters of Loch Lomond! Thank you.

Margaret's sky photo
Margaret's sky photo
Margaret's sky photo
Margaret's sky photo

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

This project is kindly supported by Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network

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Brushing Zen at online Shodo

27 June 2020

Brushing Zen
The history of the styles of zen and chan, and the meanings within the kanji, brushed by Blair

At our recent Zen Brush shodo group – our first online 🙂 – we enjoyed brushing the character 禅 Zen in four very different styles, which were developed over centuries. It was really intriguing to explore the meanings of the different parts of the kanji character and how this can be understood with the reading of it as zen and the connections with awareness, coming partly from the translation of dhyana.

Brushing Zen
A participant’s meditative setup with Buddha and incense, and laptop for Zooming
Brushing Zen
Brushing Zen
One of the participants has combined the four styles of Zen with inkan hanko stamp of Zen (carved at the March Japanese garden group) a lovely setup with a variety of brushes, a nice dark smooth stone as bunchin paperweight, and photobombed by Pooka!

After some loose marks and practice of horizontal and vertical strokes, we worked with kaisho style first, before going on to the sosho. We were inspired by the Chinese calligrapher Chiei with both these styles. He wrote these in his 千字文 Senjimon or Qiānzì Wén- Thousand Character Classic – a beautiful work.

Brushing Zen
The stroke order of the kaisho which Blair brushed – based on Chiei
Brushing Zen
Zen Brush participant has nicely added his name to his piece, and stamped one too 🙂

Then we had some fun with the wider reisho and the taller more linear tensho , both fascinating styles to brush, which use a different technique from the previous two styles. 

Brushing Zen
Four styles in a single sheet of paper by one of the group

Some of us had large fude brushes and liquid ink, and some of us used smaller brushes or fudepen or brushpens, or solid ink, but we all had enough materials and time to appreciate the kanji and each stroke.

Brushing Zen
Enso zen circle by Blair

We talked a bit about how to practice shodo calligraphy to get a feel for the kanji zen, and also how to work on it more meditatively. Also we discussed how and where to write our name on the paper. So we covered a fair bit in this group, and had some fun too!

Inspiring video by participant Alan
Blair writing Zen in the old Tensho, which was originally carved
Blair showing the fun contrast of method of two styles

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Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

19 June 2020

Creative Time – celebrating midsummer
Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

We hope you are enjoying the amazing light and the flourish of nature and energy that is midsummer – let’s celebrate it by making something!

Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

This longest day of year – the Summer Solstice, this year it is the 20th of June – has been a festival since long ago, it is also called Litha or Gathering Day. Solstice means sun standing still. It is believed to be a magical time of the year by many, and we notice the extra creativity the sunlight generates.

Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

We made a simple midsummer crown out of flowers from our local Glasgow park, this is a traditional midsummer activity that young people also love. It is so lovely to take the time to pick some flowers and tie them together this way, and enjoy wearing afterwards. And with social distancing you don’t need to feel too self conscious! Below is a link to give some tips on making the crown.

Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

Also we drew some irises and buttercups, with a black pen line drawing. 
We have made a colouring in sheet from this sketch if you have access to a printer and would like to work on colouring it peacefully.

Creative Time – celebrating midsummer
Creative Time – celebrating midsummer
Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

Fell free to make any response you like!



Here is a Japanese woodcut print by Hiroshige of purple irises, thank you Margaret 🙂

Utagawa Hiroshige I, published by Uoya Eikichi - Horikiri Iris Garden (Horikiri no hanashōbu), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meish... - Google Art Project.jpg
By Utagawa Hiroshige I, published by Uoya Eikichi (1797 – 1858) – Artist (Japanese) Details of artist on Google Art ProjectqgFCjAmgF1vaxA at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain, Link


More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

This project is kindly supported by Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network

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Practicing zen in different styles of shodo calligraphy

16 June 2020

禅 zen shodo practice

At our Zen Brush 🖌 calligraphy group coming up on Monday the group will be working from the varied styles and strokes of the mysterious and graceful character 禅 for Zen. And we will explore the multi layered meanings within the kanji character itself. It can be brushed as a meditation too! 🙂

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Creative Time – looking up for the crescent moon

12 June 2020

Creative Time – looking up for the crescent moon
Two types of origami moon design folded by MT

We are often drawn to a super moon but miss the crescent, especially if we live in a more urban area. After the recent full moon we have a waning moon orbiting us just now – gradually thinning down to a slender crescent in the summery night sky. Thanks to Laura who has sent us inspiration for this activity with her mysterious origami crescent below.

Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon 🙂

For this activity you could do several things such as draw a moon shape, eclipse or cratery surface, or write a short poem about what the moon stirs in you or about a scene that has struck you. Above we made a really easy origami moon which is fun to follow if you would like to try it!

Creative Time – looking up for the crescent moon
MT’s fun word – drawing, with a crescent filled with cratery textures all made up of the word MOON
Exploring the cosmos, with a slice of watermelon 🙂
Blair’s brushpen doodle of moon and sun over the city of Glasgow

This is an instruction link to the origami moon Laura made, quite an intricate one which takes time, but captures something special about the graceful and enigmatic qualities of the dreamy celestial body.

Laura's moon 🌙
Laura’s mysterious origami crescent using white paper

Creative Time – looking up for the crescent moon
Elaine your artwork is so fun to look at! We really like the combination of the cotton wool clouds, eye drawing and colourful collage. You said your dad helped you as well to make the fishing rod, as his hobby is building models, and your piece has a kpop connection again! You also said about it:  

It’s the sea with the moon light reflection on it at the bottom. It was interesting to do, trying to come up different ways for the different parts. So it would be different from the original drawing. 

Materials which Elaine used:

Sketch book
Japanese Paper ~ Moon
Sketch pencils ~ Sea, eye, fisherman and fishing line
Watercolour pencils ~ Eye colour
Watercolour paints ~Fisherman
Fineliner pens ~ Eyelash and Fisherman
Parcel cardboard ~ backing for fisherman
Melted stretched plastic ~ Fishing rod
Cotton wool ~ Clouds
Stick of Glue ~ Glued the Moon, the drawing of fisherman onto cardboard, the fishing rod and cotton wool. 

Creative Time – looking up for the crescent moon
Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork Margaret – you said you were thinking about the moon and the tides – we love the qualities of the silver and the copper you have used and the flowing movement and gradual changes as the moon wanes.

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

This project is kindly supported by Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network

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Shakyo – bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

8 June 2020

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

Our first online Shakyo 写経 practice event saw us come together from Scotland, and elsewhere such as the rest of the UK and Canada, forming a lovely group of sutra tracing and copying practitioners. 

Beginning with an introduction about the history of shakyo and the development of it from Tang dynasty China to modern day Japan, with descriptions of experiences and process in Japanese Buddhist temples such as Zen and Hossou schools, and then we discussed the meditative as well as practical techniques, demos and tips to prepare us. 

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

We also talked about the Boundless Life Ten Phrase Kannon Sutra 延命十句観音経 and its connections to other sutras, looked at particular kanji characters and phrases, and how the sutra has been popular and cherished over the centuries as one that aids wellbeing in times of sickness or difficulty.

After our tea, we lit the incense, rang the bell, chanted and began quietly tracing or copying, working from the short but meaningful and energetic sutra, assisted by worksheets with the kanji and meanings. Some people simply used pens with plain paper whilst others had brush pens or shakyo brush with suzuri inkwell and Japanese paper. It was great to see the the sutras of everyone, here are some examples.

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

It was a peaceful and meditative atmosphere and one where we could practice with care, feeling and attentiveness working on each stroke bringing each character and letter to life. We connected with our senses, felt grounded and connected with the sutra. 

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

We wrote our wish in the traditional manner (in Japanese and English) in the allotted space as well as the date and our name, passing the merits beyond our group, and then we completed our practice with a short chant and some time to briefly chat together about our experience.

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

Thanks to all the participants for their wholehearted practice.

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark
One of the participant’s set up with Japanese paper, worksheet, suzuri, solid ink and fude brush

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Cats being cats – Creative Time

5 June 2020

Elaine's cats artwork 🐈
Elaine’s sketchbook drawing of cats, we like the style she has used and touches of colour

Would you like to create an artwork, short poem, write something about cats, or take a photo of them? It could be about your own cat, or cats you have seen outside, or an imaginary feline.. 😻

Blair's cat drawing
Blair’s cat drawing

One of our Creative Time participants Elaine kindly shared an artwork (sketchbook pastels drawing above) and some mysterious writing about her quirky delightful two cats:

“The oldest being Elliot, he’s a black cat and the youngest is Jasmine, she was a light grey with white fur. She actually looks like she’s wearing a tuxedo.

Although they were both house cats, they liked being in the back garden till they were comfortable going to the front garden. They run away when other people come near them.

Jasmine is the one that likes to bring in small gifts into the house. Elliot can’t as he too old and only has his front teeth. I sometimes watch them what they get up to. Like at Christmas they sit on the chairs at the table that’s set up. Elliot tried to clean me like a cat. Jasmine bringing a mouse into, but she’s trying to teach me how to catch it. Elliot licking my plate cos he likes the taste of an Indian mild chicken curry. Elliot sitting on my Mum’s buggy as if he’s about to drive it. Jasmine looks like she’s cleaning my bedroom window. Both of them hiding underneath a car to attack a dog walking by. Both of them sitting in my suitcase when I’m packing my suitcase. Jasmine being a bit picky as she couldn’t eat any fish cat food. Jasmine hiding amongst our clothes that are hanging on the clothes whirler when the birds are eating in our back garden.

There are times when I don’t think they’re cats. They like going out for walks with me before settling in for the night. I normally have to wait about midnight where there’s no people about and less traffic. When people do see me with Elliot and Jasmine, they can’t believe there’s no harness or leash on them. Even in winter they like sitting in the drive way with the front door open.”

🙂

Cats being cats – Creative Time
Funky colours and composition by Elaine, inspired by Korean pop!
Cats being cats – Creative Time
Elaine also was fascinated by the cat painting in her friend’s book of Japanese artwork
Cats being cats – Creative Time
Cats being cats – Creative Time
A lovely, sleepy charcoal drawing, we like the way you have captured Pooka’s soft hair with the charcoal, and the shape of her round body and angle of her eyes

Laura describes Pooka and her name 🙂

Pooka is a tortoiseshell coloured cat. They are know for being a bit feisty and stubborn and she very much lives up to this archetype – but then I am a red head so perhaps we are well matched!  Tortoiseshell cats are considered lucky in many cultures, including old Celtic folklore which is coincidentally where her name comes from. A pooka is a Celtic mythical creature or ghost which may bring good or bad fortune with it. Hopefully I appease her enough to bring only good! 

Cats being cats – Creative Time
Mark began his jaguar drawing, with the big cat emerging into view
Cats being cats – Creative Time
And he continued adding in colour, capturing the character of the jaguar, and the lively movement in the environment
Cats being cats – Creative Time
Ken’s pen came out and flowed and hatched, giving us a cozy meeting with the amiable Robyn

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

This project is kindly supported by Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network

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Let’s make a samurai helmet for Children’s Day

5 May 2020

On May 5th in Japan it is Kodomo no hi  こどもの日 – Children’s Day!

Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

Origami is really popular in Japan just now with folk staying at home more, and this origami samurai helmet can be worn by children or adults alike, depending on the size.

Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

Around the time of this day for children, families may display inside their homes a small helmet or samurai dolls symbolising bravery and strength, or Japanese iris flowers to keep evil at bay.

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Let’s make a samurai helmet for Children’s Day On May 5th in Japan it is Kodomo no hi こどもの日 – Children’s Day! Origami is really popular in Japan just now with folk staying at home more, and this origami samurai helmet can be worn by children or adults alike, depending on the size. Start with a square piece of paper, you can use any paper as long as it isn’t too thick, mark it into a square and trim with scissors. We used coloured paper, and also tried A2 sized newsprint (in the video) which was the ideal helmet size for Blair to proudly wear. You can use newspaper too, which is a good size for a samurai to be able to wear. The first part of the video is drawing the pattern, which is optional so you can skip ahead a bit for the folding. Have fun and send us a pic of you wearing your kabuto 兜 helmet! More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch! 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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image. https://drawingandpaintingstudio.com/samurai-helmet-children-day #art #craft #freedom #wellbeing #stressfree #relaxing #creativetime #origami #origamihelmet #paperfolding #indoor #creativity #折り紙 #兜 #かぶと #こどもの日

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Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day
Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

Start with a square piece of paper, you can use any paper as long as it isn’t too thick, mark it into a square and trim with scissors. We used coloured paper, and also tried A2 sized newsprint (in the video) which was the ideal helmet size for Blair to proudly wear.

You can use newspaper too, which is a good size for a samurai to be able to wear.

Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

The first part of the video is drawing the pattern, which is optional so you can skip ahead a bit for the folding. Have fun and send us a pic of you wearing your kabuto 兜 helmet!

Watch this longer 5 minutes video demo:


Here are some delightful photos of participants in Japan and UK looking lordly in their samurai kabuto helmets!!

Newspaper kabuto
Congratulations on your large sized Children’s Day helmets, we hope you’re not battling each other! 🙂
Lots of kabutos!
Thanks to the energy of the young people of Yokohama nine close companions are all set with their kabuto. Doraemon suits the look!
Newspaper kabuto
Great pose with your kabuto children’s day celebratory ornament.
Lots of kabutos!?
Your mum was surprised that it became like this! Much more funky!
Newspaper mysterious kabuto
Love this battle gear OM in Japan complete with printer cartridge eyewear and home made mask.
Newspaper kabuto
Nicely folded symmetrical newspaper kabuto well done to you in Osaka!
Pooka the samurai
We bow and pay our respects to you 🙂 Thanks Laura and Pooka the samurai.
Arthur comfortably wearing his samurai helmet, we liked the brushed colours – looks good on you 🙂
That’s a great idea Becky, bringing in the print and the images, has a sharp edged but soft tonal feel, and we love the fashionable style!
Tiny origagmi ball
We marvel at the tiny size 1.5cm size of these origami flowers and ball, thanks for sending KO in Kansai, Japan. The larger clover and spring flower have interesting shapes too.
Tiny origagmi flowers

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

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Fold your own origami sunshine – Creative Time

27 April 2020

The sun is becoming much stronger now and bringing life and colour. Can you make a sun out of paper only using origami folding? We folded a couple of versions, based on the youtube videos below.

Create your origami sunshine
Create your origami sunshine

Tip:
Start with square paper, or measure and cut to a square. It is much easier to fold lighter, thinner types of paper.

Try this easy sun origami:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJKq0N5qn0I


And if you fancy a more challenging paper folding, how about this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvrr5LQ9EU

Create your origami sunshine
Create your origami sunshine


Thanks to these origami youtube paper folders for the inspiration 🙂
How about adding your own personal touch with patterns, colours or just some funky sunglasses?


Thanks Laura for sending your mysterious and geometric crescent moon. It is very spacy and points up to the heavens! 🌙

Laura's moon 🌙

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

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Write, type or doodle a few seasonal words – Creative Time

11 April 2020

The leaves and flowers are out and there is a green fresh feel outside and a seasonal spaciousness too. Although many of us are being inside more, there is still a different feel and atmosphere indoors coming from the change in the season, that if you slow down and notice you can really connect with. See if you can write even just literally a few words about it, here is some inspiration:

Liogjht flowing in, heart opening

Flowery Dale

Narrowly a trail
Fades away into the flowers
Blooming in the dale

-Haiku by Fukoku

vast undulating waves
of being,
stillness

above, magnolia flowers
throwing open a way far beyond
into a new vista
of scoured whites and deep blue

light pouring in
heart opening

-three short ones by Shogen (Blair)


Spring brings surprises…
birdsong, sun showers, delight.
A fox’s wedding!

Laura

Thank you Laura for your lively haiku poem full of nature and happiness! We love your friendly (and slightly mischievous looking) fox with bushy tail which you have brushed nicely in ink 🙏🦊🌦❤️


Spring Haiku poem by Ken

Sunlight slants across the roof
seagulls call
cat to the window

Thank you, Ken 😊🐱


This peaceful poem is from Annabel

silence in the streets 
no church bells ringing today 
everyone is at home 

Thank you Annabel 🤫🔔


More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

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. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

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