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Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs

17 September 2020

At our first regular 篆刻 tenkoku (seal engraving) group on zoom we had fun pioneering Japanese and Chinese stamp making online! This time we mainly worked on designs for our in 印 stamps.

Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs

After a short intro by Blair to the practice, his experience of it in Japan, and the history of it in China, we learned how to take our initial ideas and then work with kanji characters, and combine in certain ways using the old styles.

He showed some of his stamps he has made over the years, ones with his name in Katakana, Bu-re-a, others with artist name or his zen dharma name.

The designing is such an enjoyable and fascinating part of the process when you can engage with kanji Chinese characters that are thousands of years old, and discover their varied styles and choose which ones, adjusting the sizes and shapes to suit your personal design. And some stamps can use simpler Japanese script, or English, or images, so the options are really boundless.

Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs

It was fascinating to see how different each person’s designs were – with characters for mountain, sky/ emptiness, fish, crow, and hand there was a lot of images coming through the tensho style of characters and the other stamp styles.

So we swam together through deep waters and soared over peaceful fields towards distant hills 🙂

Towards the end Blair gave a short demo about how to use traditional materials – stones and cutter – as well as the alternative and popular ‘Keshigomu hanko’ method cutting an eraser with craft knife.

Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs

At this group participants work at their own pace and Blair guides them, so each person will design or carve or press their stamps – the ‘try not to hold your breath’ moment 🙂 –  at different times. It is an easygoing and supportive group.

Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs
Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs
Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs
Exploring vast spaces through small stamp designs

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Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke 

16 September 2020

We gently traced and copied the famous and inspiring Mahayana Buddhist Heart Sutra, or to use the full title, the Great Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra.

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke

After Blair and the group discussed about the Shakyo practice and some of the meanings and structure of the sutra, which can often seem very mysterious and baffling, and the fun history bit, he gave a short demo of how to practice, whether tracing or copying using a brush and solid ink, or simply a pen or pencil freehand.

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke
Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke

Blair lit the incense, rang the bell and some of us read or chanted the Kaikyoge verse for opening the sutras. Then we practiced meditatively, taking time and talking here and there about how to copy certain kanji characters or strokes, or about some meanings.

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke

Here are some pictures from some of the participants. It was a lovely group, many thanks to all who wholeheartedly took part 🙂

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke
Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke
Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke

Also here is a delightful short haiku by Andy Kokuu inspired by ink and brush:

ink brush
night wraps paper
wraps stone

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke

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Eternal peace with the eight strokes of 永 Ei – Yong

2 September 2020

Eijihappo The Eight Strokes of Shodo Calligraphy

At Zen Brush we worked with the graceful eight strokes of eternal eijihappoh 永字八法, also known as the eight principles of yong – getting a feel for them and having some fun with the flow of the brush.

Eternal peace with the eight strokes of 永 Ei - Yong

Inspired by some Japanese haiku and old waka poetry we brushed 永平 eihei – meaning eternal peace – also the name of Master Dogen and his Zen temple Eiheiji- which is such a lovely combination of kanji characters.

Eternal peace with the eight strokes of 永 Ei - Yong
Eternal peace with the eight strokes of 永 Ei - Yong

It was great to see the participants on zoom enjoying the shodo calligraphy practice, and embracing the two styles this month – kaisho and the fun reisho which comes from the cliff faces of China. Many thanks to some of the participants for sharing images of their calligraphy below.

With a buzzing cry
A bee shifts on the bloom sought
By a butterfly
Taigi

Eternal peace with the eight strokes of 永 Ei - Yong
Eternal peace with the eight strokes of 永 Ei - Yong

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Creative time – From late Summer to early Autumn

28 August 2020

Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

As the season gradually changes from summer towards autumn and we reach out for more jumpers and get cosy during the darker nights, let’s take a moment to notice the atmosphere and what going on around us. And write a haiku or short poem about it! Or just a few words about something that you saw or happened.

You could type some words, draw or brush the words, or use a drawing app on your phone or iPad. Here are some lovely examples from participants, thanks for sending to us 🙂


Ken's Haiku

sharp breeze
change in the weather
sycamore ‘copters

Ken

dashing under the sycamore we take cover as
the august rain starts to pour

Blair (in response to Ken’s haiku)


Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

Shodo

Look! A pheasant’s tail
I grasp the reigns of a horse
Night spills on parchment.

Laura

Gently squeezing the soft hair of the brush
I wash away the sumi traces as the autumn breeze beckons

Blair (in response to Laura’s haiku)


sand martins or swallows?
swooping through the sky
above the yet to ripen blackberries

M

giving up foraging as the thorns block our way
we take a moment to savor the mid afternoon pause 

Blair (in response to M’s haiku)


Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

one footstep
after another
– temple bell

Andy

bathed in soft light
I return to the cushion

Blair (in response to Andy’s haiku)


Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

Broken Broken yet
perfect the Harvest Moon
Upon the Rivulet…

Mike

Slowly dancing purple shadows
Massage the rippling golden currents

Blair (in response to Mike’s haiku)


Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

The wind
and a dream
The leaf on the breeze

Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

Walking and watching
toying with composition
and colour

Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

Misty morning
breeze bringing
golden music

Haiku by Alan, inspired by his sketchbooks and photos of the west coast of Scotland.


Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

Wind hisses in the grass
Gorse branches rattle
Crowns of tangled thorn

Margaret


Creative time - From late Summer to early Autumn

fading colours of flowers and grasses
effortlessly merge as I unhurriedly cycle 
alongside sparkling canal waters

Blair


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

Creative Time

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Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke

9 August 2020

Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke

At the last Zen Brush calligraphy group on zoom we were inspired by the two well known characters dou 道 (Way/ road/path) and shin or kokoro 心 (heart/mind/spirit).

Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke

Brushing them in the kaisho as well as the sousho ‘grass writing’ styles, we explored their meanings, as well as their combined poetic meaning when written together – inspired by poet, calligrapher and Zen master Dogen who wrote about Doushin 道心 as the spirit of the way. 

Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke

His waka poem (translated by Heine) conveys this mood beautifully:

Seeking the Way
Amid the deepest mountain paths
The retreat I find
None other than
My primordial home: satori!

Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke

It was great to see the group enjoying the flow of the brush, particularly with the movement of the sousho calligraphy, and finding balance in their own way. 

Folk worked with different sized brushes, ink and papers but were all absorbed by the strokes, shapes and feeling of the kanji 🙂

Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke
Spirit of the way in each Shodo stroke

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Creative Time – doodling ice cream cones and lollies

10 July 2020

Creative Time - doodling ice cream cones and lollies

It’s been sunny again in Glasgow and the best way we think to enjoy the summery sunshine is to indulge in a satisfying ice lolly or cone. Let’s draw or photograph one of our favourites!

Creative Time - doodling ice cream cones and lollies

Or we can doodle a few in the one sheet – Blair was feeling quite greedy and drew eleven! Including his cherished choco almond covered vanilla, on the top right 🙂

Creative Time - doodling ice cream cones and lollies

He worked on an A3 sheet with water based felt tip colouring pens, and posca paint pens. You could draw and doodle with any pens or materials you like, on any paper and size, and you can find inspiration from an image of one online or use your imagination and any patterns you fancy. Or a bit of both like Blair did.

Drawing summer ice creams and ice lollies D+P Studio from Drawing and Painting Studio on Vimeo.


Ken's ice cream
Fun and wonderful ice cream 🍦 artwork Ken!! We like your ipad drawing style 🙂
Margaret ice lolly
Your watermelon ice lolly🍉 looks delicious and chilled to perfection Margaret!
Laura's ice cream
We love your Fabby dabby ice lolly🍓, thanks Laura! We like the details in the choc bits, each flavour looks delicious.

Our version of Drawing and Painting Studio’s latest challenge! Can you guess what our favourite ice-lollies are?

Posted by Parkhead Artist-in-Residence on Saturday, 11 July 2020
Loving your ice-lollies, they look very colourful and tasty! The chunky one looks just like the classic and popular F-A-B, great work Rebecca & family (the famous Fraser Print Studio🎨) and thanks for sharing this frosty challenge ❤️

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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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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