Relaxing creativity is back on at Clydebank art group tonight, organised by Centre81 and Centre81 Steering Group , please come and join us. Here are some images from the colourful artwork of the participants last week, we tried out lots of materials including art brushes and oil pastels 🧡
In June at our Zen Heart Brush Japanese calligraphy group, we practised the chapter title from poet and zen mater Dogen’s Shobogenzo “有時” uji – being time, and talked about the meanings of this, and the meanings of the individual characters themselves, which was surprising and mysterious!
In August we practiced ningen “人間” which means human beings in Japanese, but curiously in China it means society or human world. It was fascinating to explore how the kanji changed over time from the earlier shell and bone examples which are very visually communicative and lifelike.
In our September session, we had a full group (sorry didn’t manage photos until afterwards) and after working on enso zen circles we practiced the key eight strokes of a Chinese character. The Chinese character “永” ei contains all of these strokes – known as eiji happou, there are various versions of ei which vary in balance and dynamic, we had fun trying these out. We also looked at the fluid rivery meaning and visual in the kanji character. The faster more fluid styles were popular tonight 🙂
Relaxing doodling is on at Clydebank art group tonight, organised by Centre81 and Centre81 Steering Group, please come and join us. Here are some images from the fun artwork of the participants last week.
We are having some Japanese themed groups this October. One is “Cloudbrush, Treebrush” with Margaret Kerr, on Sunday 20th October from 10.30am – 4.30pm in the open countryside of Lenzie. Combining Japanese calligraphy and meditation, we will explore the relationship between clouds, water and the character of trees.
Also we are delighted to be running two events at the beautiful Japanese Garden Cowden near Dollar, one is Suibokuga Japanese painting and the other is Shodo. Please click below for full information, the tickets are sold by the Japanese Garden.
– Japanese Suibokuga Landscape Painting, Sunday 6th October 10.30am – 1.30pm – Japanese Shodo Calligraphy, Sunday 27th October 10.30am – 1.00pm
Into September, it is gradually getting more autumnal and the temperature has become cooler and crisper.
In Clyebank art group we had a couple of foresty themed nights, enjoying drawing pine cones, leaves, tree fruits and berries, a cute hut and other things! It is great to see folk express themselves and work on their own ideas and pieces and not always follow our suggestions!
The sunshine was still very strong at the Centre81 when we started to doodle with pencils and pens, having a bit of a relax while drawing some natural patterns and looking at the textures and shapes of objects such as pine cones.
We continued the tree theme from last week into painting using different watercolour sets and oil pastels, the feedback was really positive about the mixed media combinations and colours we tried out.
It was interesting thinking about the spaces between the trees and the characters and movement of them.
Clydebank art group is back after the summer holiday!
We had a meditative session drawing trees with the late summer sunshine flooding into the art room. Using varied art materials, we drew different types of trees in an atmospheric way… with a poem or two to help stimulate our imagination and inspire us.
The view out the window of the silver birch tree in the Centre81 community garden helped us, with its rustling leaves and purply pink silvery bark shining against the leaves and sky.