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Laying out materials for the drawing trees day

5 June 2018

We set out packs for each person joining the group, with different textures of papers suitable for rubbings and drawing, and a small bag with graphite stick and oil pastels, and a mix of pens too.

Laying out materials for the drawing trees day

Laying out materials for the drawing trees day

For the larger and joint pieces we have a wide array of brushes which will be fun to play around with, colour inks and water based paints, as well as Indian and sumi ink.

Laying out materials for the drawing trees day

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Life force and lightning Shodo calligraphy

5 June 2018

At Zen Brush Heart we worked from some inspiring characters related to life and the elements, such as tsuchi 土 – earth /soil, mei 命 – core, destiny, life, and jinzu 神通 – spiritual/ soul power.

Life force and lightning Shodo calligraphy

Life force and lightning Shodo calligraphy

To get a fuller understanding and feel about these we looked at the older meanings and visuals from China such as the jin which is related to thunder and lightning. So a crackling set of characters to experiment with!

Life force and lightning Shodo calligraphy

Life force and lightning Shodo calligraphy

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Relaxing and meditative tracing of the Heart Sutra

2 May 2018

In the Garden room at KSD a small group of us began Shakyo – copying sutras – by chatting about the history and styles and looking at some examples of the characters such as mu – dream and ku – space. Then we slowly and quietly worked on the tracing itself.

We used transparent Japanese paper laid upon the example piece (by Blair) so we could see the Chinese characters coming through, and meditatively worked on one character at a time.

Tracing the Sutras – Shakyo Peaceful practice following the Heart Sutra

Tracing the Sutras – Shakyo Peaceful practice following the Heart Sutra

The group found the Shakyo method of working on a tracing to be quite different, for instance we used small brushes and ground our own ink with the hard ink blocks, which was a nice thing to do noticing the darkness of the ink and even the sound of the grinding, and we were tracing the old characters passed on to us over many centuries in the example sutra.

Tracing the Sutras – Shakyo Peaceful practice following the Heart Sutra

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Relaxing, making some marks, meditating

2 May 2018

Relaxing, making some marks, meditating

We have been helping some folk to find calm and relaxation by providing a peaceful space where we can combine some meditation time, mark making, and notice our senses and environment. In this session we meditated together, relaxed our breathing, listened to some poetry and words for inspiration and made some very chilled flowing marks with brush pens, good fun to use 🙂

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Imagining passing clouds and rugged mountain ranges – Maryhill art group

22 April 2018

After listening to some inspiring poetry about clouds and mountains, including Hanshan’s about a path through mountain scree and boulders, we made some loose drawings of hill ridges and wispy floating clouds. Everyone’s work was different – capturing the feel of the elements and mystery of the hills and open space.

After that we enjoyed working on a long drawing on cartridge paper together using graphite and black markers. This took around 40 minutes to build up, partly inspired by the Cuillin mountains of Skye, and also bringing in our imagination too!

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Listening to the wind, tasting the air, drawing on the mountain

22 April 2018

On the slopes of Ben Challuim, near Crianlarich at the North of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, we walked and looked at the textures and colours of the vista and the hill paths, rocks and flora beneath our feet. The colours were amazing and we did some drawing though the wind was pretty strong at times.

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The snow patches in the corries made for some interesting dynamic drawing compositions looking into the distance.. and the colourful greens, silvers and oranges of the lichen and moss on the boulders was fascinating to peer closely at and draw the outlines of their shapes along with some of the varied textures.

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Ruchill children drawing stones, shells, a sea urchin and an olephaunt!

2 April 2018

The North United Communities after school group (Primary years 5 to 7) played around with acrylic inks and different brushes and twigs, working from a selection of natural objects like stones and shells. One of the boys was more into drawing a Tolkienesque olephaunt which he did really well with!

grey as a mouse,
big as a house,
nose like a snake,
I make the earth shake..
(Short excerpt from the Lord of the Rings)

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Exploring the characters for Brightness – Koumyou – at Zen Brush Heart

2 April 2018

Some fluid markmaking with the Japanese fude brushes and sumi ink was a nice relaxed way to start the group, before working with the characters 春 Haru – Spring – and 光明 Koumyou – Brightness.

Exploring the characters for Brightness - Koumyou - at Zen Brush Heart

Exploring the characters for Brightness - Koumyou - at Zen Brush Heart

We had fun trying out the expressive shapes of the Tensho writing style, one of the oldest styles of Chinese calligraphy dating back over two thousand years ago, as well as the Kaisho style. We looked at some Japanese artwork and Zen poetry related to Koumyou, as well as practicing the stroke techniques and learning about the history and form of these kanji characters.

Exploring the characters for Brightness - Koumyou - at Zen Brush Heart

Exploring the characters for Brightness - Koumyou - at Zen Brush Heart

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Preparing for a drawing trees day in June

31 March 2018

Tree drawings by Margaret Kerr and Blair Thomson

Tree drawings by Margaret Kerr and Blair Thomson

We are preparing for a summery day of drawing trees in the countryside outside Glasgow near Lenzie with Margaret Kerr. The day will be on the 2nd of June. It will be nice to be outside and engage with the trees and nature through our senses and with slow contemplative drawings as well as trying out fun ways of working like rubbings and drawing on a large floor piece together

 

Tree drawings by Margaret Kerr and Blair Thomson

Tree drawings by Margaret Kerr and Blair Thomson

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