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Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

17 March 2020

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Last week at Clydebank art group we enjoyed a carefree evening of painting. We’re sorry to say that this night marked the end of the project for the adults group for the time being (please note for updates on the Wednesday afterschool art group for young people please contact Centre81).

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Many thanks to the funders West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath fund (Glasgow Airport) and to the fabulous Centre81. This has been a wonderful group with so much creativity and very relaxing and inspiring to be part of 😄 It is a lively and close community.

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Recently we were inspired by the textures of stones from hills and seashore, as well as the spaciousness of clouds and water, and we developed this with by exploring sea shells too. In this group there was always lots of freedom to go your in different creative directions, and lots of help and encouragement when needed 🤗 and help to make participants feel settled and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Thanks to Centre81 Steering Group for all their support co-organising this group.

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Exploring the fun world of painting whilst relaxing at Clydebank art group, inspired by nature and the soothing sounds and flowing rhythms of the sea.

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

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Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones

11 March 2020

Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones

Recently we were inspired by the textures of stones from hills and seashore, peering into their worlds, as well as the spaciousness of clouds and water.

Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones

We’re sorry to say that we’ve reached the end of the Clydebank Art Group project so this is our last evening for the adults group for the time being (please note the Wednesday afterschool art group for young people will continue weekly, for updates contact Centre81).

Many thanks to the funders West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath fund and to the fabulous Centre81. This has been a wonderful group with so much creativity.

West Dunbartonshire Council
Flightpath

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Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

10 March 2020

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

On a blustery day with the March sun shining through the clouds into the garden and our cozy workspace, we enjoyed practicing Tenkoku 篆刻 seal carving to create our own stamps or inkan (more commonly known as hanko).

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

It is a captivating process and was wonderful to see everyone embracing it, from the design of their stamps on paper to the stone carving technique and the method of inking and pressing the stone onto Japanese paper.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

We learned about the history of Japanese and Chinese stamp making and looked at varied examples and the ways of numerous of working with the tensho style of characters, and working with names or making natural designs.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

In the quiet moments while everyone was working we could hear the echoes of the chipping sounds of the cutters on the stone and also of the participants enthusiastically blowing the dust off the face of their stones!

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

It was inspiring to be surrounded by the elemental trees and hills with all the textures and colours and breathing the fresh woodland air.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

The Japanese Garden at Cowden
https://www.cowdengarden.com/

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Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

5 March 2020

Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

the heavens and earth
are dark and yellow
the universe and time
boundless

Senjimon 千字文
thousand character classic

We continued to work from the Thousand Character Classic 千字文 – Senjimon this time at the last Zen Heart Brush, working with genkou 玄黄, partly inspired by the delightful calligraphy of Chiei 智永. It was intriguing seeing how the shapes together with meanings of the characters originated and having fun with the very varied styles.

Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

千字文 Thousand Character Classic
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_Character_Classic

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Atmospheric tree painting night

26 February 2020

Atmospheric tree painting night

Last week we had lots of fun with different pens, pastels, pencils and paints, tree landscapes guided our imagination 🌲🌳🌴

Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night

More fun arty workies from last week at Clydebank Centre81 art group!

Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night

It was a lovely atmosphere with everyone enjoying and trying out the combinations of art materials with watercolour paints🎨🖌️, whole heartedly having fun with the process without worrying about the result 👍😀

Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
Atmospheric tree painting night
West Dunbartonshire Council

Kindly supported by West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath

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Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chiei

19 February 2020

Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie

At the last Zen Heart Brush we explored the Kaisho and Sosho styles of shodo calligraphy, working with tenchi 天地. We were inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chiei 智永 from his version of the fascinating Thousand Character Classic 千字文 – Senjimon.

Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie

His name means wisdom eternal – in Buddhism this wisdom is jnana (pronounced gyana in English) pure awareness unrestricted by concepts. Chiei is from the 7th Century Sui dynasty. He is the great great great…..great grandchild of Ogishi ( 王羲之 4th Century, one of China’s four famous calligraphers).

Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie

Thanks to Blair’s teacher Kobayashi Sensei in Japan for the encouragement to work with this text.

Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie
Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie
Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie
Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie

千字文 Thousand Character Classic
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_Character_Classic

王羲之 Wang Xizhi
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Xizhi

Inspired by the examples of calligrapher Chie

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Tracing the heart of the Heart Sutra – Tokyo 2019

5 February 2020

Towards the end of the year as the dry leaves rustled across the pavements, Blair practiced Shakyo Sutra tracing at temples in Tokyo, working mainly from Genjo’s version of the Hannya Shingyo – Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra.

You can see the hanging scroll of Genjo / Xuanzang in the Soto Zen shakyo hall, he is beautifully pictured sitting and beginning work.

Macha tea and a snack are given to practitioners at certain temples, a lovely way to settle, connect with your senses, as well as give some much appreciated energy. There are different sutras and versions of each that can be traced or copied in the temples.

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Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

29 January 2020

Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

We are back on tonight for more relaxing and doodling at Clydebank art group at friendly and cozy Centre81

Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

The group is welcoming and free of charge, come along and join us tonight at the fantastic Centre81 at 6.30 to 8pm. Destress, find inspiration, enjoy trying out our different drawing materials 😄

Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

Last time we enjoyed a landscapey theme with coloured pencils, art brushes and pens, in our group there is always plenty of freedom also to go your own creative way, and lots of help and encouragement when you need it too 🤗 we help you feel settled and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Thanks to Centre81 Steering Group for co-organising this group.

Lines and textures of landscapes at Clydebank art group

Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape
Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

the comings and goings
of the waterfowl
leave no trace
yet the paths it follows
are never forgotten

Dogen

Doodly drawing from Clydebank art group using an art brush

Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

We created a landscapey/ community maze, can you slowly find your way through, from the arrow on the left to the arrow in the centre?

Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape
Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape
Exploring mysterious flowers, maps and mazes through the landscape

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