Drawing and Painting Studio - create + relax + enjoy

D+P Studio News

Here is a wee bit of news from the D+P Studio!

Carving the Three Treasures Seal

15 July 2021

At Tenkoku Japanese and Chinese Stampmaking group Blair showed participants some of the development of his three treasures zen Buddha Dharma Sangha stamp he was working on. He gave a demonstration of carving and then making adjustments to the stone, stamping, and discussed the process of making the design, styles of the characters and composition.

Carving the Three Treasures Seal
Carving the Three Treasures Seal
Carving the Three Treasures Seal

This time those taking part worked on classic white letter stamps, of their name converted into katakana or kanji, and also a fascinating one of Bato Kannon, the horse headed Goddess of Mercy.

The next date is Monday 6th September πŸ˜Š
https://japanese-and-chinese-seal-engraving-tenkoku-sep-21.eventbrite.co.uk

Category: Art Groups Tags:

Creative Time – Summer Landscape

3 June 2021

It is beautiful here into June in Glasgow, the days are bright and humid and the colours of trees, buildings and sky are vivid, people are wearing bright summery colours too! Why not take a moment to make a drawing of a summer landscape or cityscape view, or snap a photo. Here are some examples from Blair’s sketches, but feel free to do your own thing!

Trees

Please email to us for our Creative Time community – online on our blog and social media. It is a great way to engage with the environment and our community, relax and find inspiration. Thanks to Ken, Mark and M for sending their summery photos below!

Marukobashi, Tokyo
Kyoto hill garden
Finnieston Crane

Ken

M

Mark
Mark
Mark

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

Category: Art Groups Tags:

Shodo brushing the curves of ζœ‰η„‘ Umu

3 June 2021

Shodo brushing the curves of ζœ‰η„‘ Umu

Our May Zen Brush was very relaxed and an enjoyable time brushing together. We worked with two characters u mu ζœ‰η„‘, which together can be translated as something like – ‘nature of being is free and untethered’. We brushed them in the kaisho style, tried out the gyosho and with extra time on the curvy sosho style – they are fun and dynamic to brush together in the looser cursive styles.

The kanji and term comes up in zen writings and can be expressed as a middle way between views of being or non being. Mu is sometimes thought of in a negative way but Blair showed old examples of the kanji Chinese character going back to the very pictorial old oracle shell and bone style, and the tensho style, of the dancing person with ceremonial wood which gives a more open and positive expression of the character, and helps to engage with the kanji with the shodo practice.

Shodo brushing the curves of ζœ‰η„‘ Umu

Here is the poem Blair read by zen master Dogen (translation by Heine), one of his favourites, which the group enjoyed listening to whilst brushing –

Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
Without looking for the traces I may have left;
A cuckoo’s song beckons me to return home;
Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
Who has told me to turn back;
But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.

It was super to see the group enjoying working on the three styles and finding it peaceful to practice. Thanks for taking part and also to those who sent their images for this blogpost πŸ˜Š

See the next event date

Category: Art Groups Tags:

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

3 June 2021

Our May De-stress doodling (on the third Wednesday each month) had a theme of flowing soothing water, with currents and ripples twisting along riverbanks.

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

It was a chilled zoom group with a happy atmosphere (with folk joining from North America as well as the United Kingdom mainly), some of us using pens, whilst others had coloured pencils, a graphite pencil, or watercolours. Most of us doodled water ripples and meandering rivers, some from imagination or using the images and artworks Blair provided for inspiration.

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

We embraced the delightful energy of water in our drawings and discovered it was a really nice theme to settle down with and relax. The Yellow Flower River poem excerpt from Wang Wei (see picture) captured the mood and guided us also.

Soothing meandering lines and relaxing ripples

See the next event date

Category: Art Groups Tags:

γŠεΌε½“ Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

3 June 2021

We had a ηΎŽε‘³γ—γ„ oishii tasty foodie theme of Obento lunchbox and takeaway meal at our May Kanji Club! πŸ™

Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!
Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

Looking at our own example obento box and how to use it got the group started  🍱πŸ₯’ This has been enjoyed and used many times! 😊

Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

The old meanings from China related to the Japanese word Obento γŠεΌε½“ , as well as the pictorial parts of each kanji were very interesting to explore. We wrote the kanji, learning the stroke order and pronunciation also, and the radicals. Then we practiced some vocabulary related to eating, such as ekiben rail station obento, and in our jigsaw like quiz we looked at how several kanji were created from a single radical, and had some fun playing around with the kanji pieces. Thanks to participants for sending photos.

Joan

See the next event date

Category: Art Groups Tags:

Diamonds and ovals – Tenkoku stamp making

3 June 2021

At our May Japanese and Chinese stamp making group online on zoom we had a relaxed session with participants working on very different and unique stamps with a range of characters.

Diamonds and ovals - Tenkoku stamp making

We looked at example stamp designs, such as from Blair’s teacher Wakabayashi Shujo, and this helped us to explore the layout and spaces in our own designs and free up a bit, experimenting with outer and inner shapes, lines and negative spaces. Blair gave tips and suggestions about which characters could be combined in different ways, and finding balance between them.

For instance we had a graceful and mysterious cello instrument shaped composition with kanji Chinese characters and kana Japanese characters, and a diamond composition with ‘inten’ stamp tensho style characters which are boxy and have a graphic feel. It was lovely to have the freedom to explore our designs and share ideas with each other. Thanks to participants for sending your images πŸ™‚

Joan

See the next event date

Category: Art Groups Tags:

Creative Time – colourful swirls

4 May 2021

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

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

Ken
So many swirls of all sizes and textures moving into the distance, looks like you enjoyed creating this curvy world Ken, thanks for sending πŸ™‚

Elaine
Thanks Elaine for your lovely photo of graceful swirls in sea shells

M swirls
Spacious take on the swirls theme, thanks M for sending, peaceful feel and joyful colours

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

Category: Art Groups Tags:

Discovering the meanings ofΒ Hanami θŠ±θ¦‹

4 May 2021

Discovering the meanings of Hanami θŠ±θ¦‹

At our April Kanji Club group, we celebrated Spring with Hanami θŠ±θ¦‹, 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 θŠ±θ¦‹

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 θŠ±θ¦‹

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 θŠ±θ¦‹

Category: Art Groups Tags:

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

Category: Art Groups Tags:

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 (道德碓 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

Category: Art Groups Tags: