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Maryhill Art Cave!

14 October 2018

Maryhill Art Cave!

Over two Thursday evenings we had a lot of fun together on a pattern/ pictogram project. First we looked at examples of old ways of visual communication and language from around the world, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to Chinese Kanji to Pictish symbols from Scotland and Native American symbols, which inspired us to experiment ourselves with new ways to convey natural things using visuals or pictures rather than written words.

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

The first week we spent the time finding our own drawing patterns for various objects and experiences, such as grass, bark, person, dancing, leaves, clouds, using pens and different papers.

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

In the second week we continued this to begin the night, making a page for rain, or raindrops, insects, flowers, trees..

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

Then we laid out a wide roll of cartridge paper, set out some ink colours and brushes, sponges and began pattern – pictogram making. We moved around the piece as it developed, which was very quickly!

Maryhill Art Cave!

Some of the symbols and characters were quite mysterious, and we brought in other styles of shapes to create or deepen something about the meaning. One or two of the group didn’t want to reveal the meanings of their characters which made the process more fascinating to be part of!

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

As we worked we had a wee look at all our collected single A4 sheets to help guide us, and chatted about how we could bring the piece together, how much white space to keep, and ideas to let the visual symbols interact.

Maryhill Art Cave!

It surprised us just how natural it felt to work and communicate this way, it wasn’t forced or laboured. In a way making the piece transported us into a more ancient type of markmaking seen in cave or rock symbols, freeing and flowing πŸ™‚

Maryhill Art Cave!

Maryhill Art Cave!

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Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

22 September 2018

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

We set up to draw inside the humid warmth of Kibble Palace, surrounded by the national tree fern collection (originally planted in the 1880’s impressively) partly as it was quite blowy outside. It was an enjoyable group and people found the two hours was a nice amount of time out of their usual day to focus on sketching.

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

We started with some warm up doodling inspired by the spikes of the cacti and curves of the ferns, then we took some to look at all the plants, their varied hues and textures, noticed their refreshing smell too, and the touch of some leaves.

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

We then continued with a few different types of drawings, each engaging with the shapes or textures of the ferns and plants. Afterwards Blair did another demo looking at the graceful long curving lines of the Kibble architectural space combined with the lush inter tangled plants and tree shapes.

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Inside the palace there was certainly a palatial feeling of height and grandeur, with the decorative ironwork details, with a really exotic atmosphere and feeling. Folk found some really interesting angles and places to look through between the trees, twisting pillars, the curved light reflectors, and pathways.

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

A couple of drawing compositions looking at the glasshouse ceiling especially had an almost futuristic sci fi feel, which is really testament to the design and construction. Amazing that it was moved here from ferny environs of Loch Long in 1873, maybe it transported itself here like a spaceship?

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

After a wee break for a biscuit and drink we had about an hour to work on a longer piece, and some folk chose to continue some more doodly drawings. There was no feeling of pressure to come up with anything, no grand drawings expected, it was a time to relax and enjoy drawing the surroundings and play around with the materials. There were pencils and pens, as well as different types of paper such as cartridge, sugar paper and coloured paper.

To see past Drawing Group activities, please check the Drawing Group news page.

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

Drawing in the jungle at the Botanic Gardens

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Meditation and calm at Brushing Fire

8 September 2018

We started the day at Lenzie with a chat about the shared cultural connections around the five elements, particularly through the Himalayan area, from India, Tibet to China and Japan. We looked at the variety of meanings as well as the different approaches of the Godai Buddhist five elements, Bon and the Gogyo Chinese Five Phases.

Looking at the shamanic origins of the Chinese characters and the curvy Tensho calligraphy style was helpful to connect to the elements in a deeper way.

Margaret had prepared a fire for us to all enjoy sitting with, so we sat in meditation by it. The wind funneled the flames and smoke with real speed and energy but it was still calm sitting there by the trees.

Experimenting with inks and holding the Japanese fude brushes, we made some marks to explore our feeling and experience of being with fire.

The wood burning stove also helped us stay in the mood and continue the relationship to fire from outdoors. When we moved onto the character for wind, kaze, we had some extra inspiration from the Shakuhachi flute!

Larger brushes, paper and orange sumi ink were used to play around with some large versions of fire and wind πŸ™‚

After a quiet lunch with hearty sweet potato soup and riceballs, we had a short break then walked to a small river to peacefully engage with the water and space elements, helped by Margaret. It was really peaceful sitting by the water and contemplating the flow, sometimes fast or slow, looking at the sense of edge at the banks, and being surrounded by the greens of river reeds and plants.

It began to rain softly which enlivened the colours and helped make us more aware of the space element on the way back. We made some watery flowing marks then worked on the kanji characters (with both kaisho and tensho styles) for water – sui, space/ sky/ emptiness – ku, and earth – chi.

We then had some time to try out more of the tensho style or go for it and combine all five characters together on a single sheet of washi paper.

 

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Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

1 August 2018

There happened to be a maker’s event on at the Riverside museum so it was pretty busy, but soon after we started drawing at the river side of the building, next to the Tall Ship, we became engrossed in the sketching. Our warm up doodles and markmaking was inspired by the triangles and curves of the building and nautical shapes of the ship.

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

The Tall Ship with its interconnecting rope rigging and bow pointing upriver towards the science centre and armadillo gave us a lot to draw, and some of us tackled the unconventional curving roof lines of the building which is more tricky than it looks to draw, but interesting with the glass below reflecting the ship.

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Surprisingly the rain mainly stayed off so we all worked outside, but there are a lot of things to try sketching from inside the building such as beautiful old trams and vehicles, will be good to make another visit here..

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

Curving and straight lines and cloudy skies over the open Clyde riverscape

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Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

1 August 2018

Just outside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum we had a couple of hours of relaxing sketching. After a bit of warm up doodling and taking a line for a walk, we used pencils and pens to work from the grand building with its abundance of architecture details and styles.

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

It was great to just sit together as a group and work on our drawings, not worrying about the outcome but looking at parts of the building we hadn’t looked at before (in many years of passing by!) such as the gothic and almost surreal array of mini rooftops, pillars, windows, very inspiring so we’ll definitely want to go back.

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Some lively Canadian visitors from Toronto joined us and worked with watercolour and some bold graphic style, was nice to see everyone enjoy the afternoon.

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

Drawing quirky rooftops, arches and gulls at Kelvingrove

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Having fun with metal and diamond!

23 June 2018

Having fun with the shodo calligraphy characters we will work with on Monday! Kin metal, gold, one of the Chinese 5 elements, kongo diamond, as well as tamashii, spirit. The meanings and variety of visuals in each of these is fascinating πŸ˜€

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Shodo calligraphy – in the middle of a dream

15 June 2018

We had fun with trying out both the curved older Tensho style as well as the more stylized Kaisho style at the last session. First we worked with with Ki 木 – tree, experimenting with the branch like strokes, and then Yume – dream/ illusion, along with Naka – inside/ centre.

Shodo calligraphy - In the middle of a dream

Shodo calligraphy - In the middle of a dream

Shodo calligraphy - In the middle of a dream

Shodo calligraphy - In the middle of a dream

So we had some time to try out these last two Chinese kanji characters together – muchu ε€’δΈ­, which can mean really into something, or in a dream world.

Shodo calligraphy - In the middle of a dream

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Colours of heather, hill and forest

15 June 2018

At the last Maryhill art group we used pastels to develop some landscapy pieces and textures, inspired by images of the Highlands and a wee book of poetry and art by Hamish Fulton ‘Wild Life – Walks in the Cairngorms’.

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Mountain caves and nesting mythical birds

15 June 2018

At Ruchill community centre we worked on the A4 sketchbooks with the children on some imaginative drawings and doodles.

It’s really nice to see their engagement with markmaking, and freedom to express themselves through art!

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Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

5 June 2018

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

It was a peaceful yet creative day led by Margaret and Blair, with a super group of folk who enjoyed getting to know the trees and forest.

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

We began small in the morning with some relaxed doodly pieces followed by a mindful visual exploration of the trees whilst still in the workshop, and inspiration from the tree markmaking of Hokusai which we also worked from. We then walked in the forest spending time with the trees and engaging with our senses, drawing the sounds, collecting rubbings, textures and natural objects..

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

In the afternoon we chose a tree to focus on and connect with, working with moss and twigs from around the tree with ink and some charcoal. After a wee break and cuppa, and nicely timed to move into the workshop and avoid the thundery build up of rain cloud, our final piece of the day was an exuberant flourish of biological tree, branch and moss markmaking, using some natural things we collected like pine cones, as well as twigs and brushes.

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Drawing Trees day at Lenzie

Some comments from participants:

‘Loved the whole day, especially enjoyed being outdoors amongst the trees. No where to go, just sitting, feeling’

‘I liked the gentle introduction then the contrast between being indoors and outdoors – it felt encouraging and interesting’

‘Tree markings – memories of activities as a child. Preciousness of trees’

‘I really enjoyed the drawing to sounds – I used colours for different sounds which was fun! Also using moss etc to paint was great. Also going out in nature I am able to notice small details’

‘Playing with the wide brush and coloured inks – surprisingly easy to make graceful marks with the whole arm’

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