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Preparation for Zen Heart Brush

9 March 2018

Shodo practice

We will try working from the old visual pictgrams, first curved into shell and bone, for kou (光) and myou (明). Koumyou means radiant light, which combines well with our other character Spring (春)! We will look at the tensho as well as kaisho styles and have some fun with markmaking and listen to some poetry.

Shodo practice

Shodo practice

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Nichi and nenbutsu at Zen Heart Brush

9 March 2018

Shodo practice

We worked on some kanji characters including nichi/hi (日) and nenbustsu (念仏) as well as ei (永) – eternal which is always a helpful character for practicing the eight strokes (永字八法) of shodo calligraphy used in China and Japan. Some flowing markmaking helped us to loosen up.

Shodo practice

Shodo practice

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Sansui – Mountains and Water calligraphy at Wiston Lodge

9 March 2018

On February 17th we led a calligraphy and mindfulness day at Wiston Lodge with the friendly and enthusiastic members of the Border Collie Sangha. The setting and light was beautiful with lodge sitting next to Tinto hill south of Lanark, with ice and snow melt running off the hill.

Calligraphy day at Wiston Lodge

The day was perfect for combining shodo calligraphy with indoors and outdoors walking meditation. We worked with several old Chinese and Japanese characters including shin (心) – heart/mind – and sansui (山水) – mountains and water/landscape.

Calligraphy day at Wiston Lodge

Calligraphy day at Wiston Lodge - Sansui Mountains and Rivers

Calligraphy day at Wiston Lodge

Calligraphy day at Wiston Lodge

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Thursday art groups rescheduled for this week

6 March 2018


Hi folks, just to let you know that our Glasgow groups last Thursday which were cancelled due to the icy Siberian snowfall have been rescheduled for this Thursday instead, the 8th of March, at the same times.

We have our North United Communities after school group in the afternoon, as well as our expressive and fun Maryhill Art Group at 7pm at Maryhill Hub. Hope you can make it, with no ice shoes required this time 🙂

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Preparation for Zen Heart Brush calligraphy group

2 March 2018

Laying out various materials for the Shodo Japanese calligraphy class on Saturday, such as shitajiki (felt mats), bunchin (paper weights), fude brushes, suzuri (ink wells), fudeoki (brush rests) and washi paper.

Zen Heart Brush

The pavements are still snowy in Glasgow, so we recommend wearing boots and warm gear to get to the group! Take care on the way 🙂

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Winter textures – art walk in Glasgow

2 March 2018

Generally zooming with our cameras and peering into bushes and next to the pine needles, we engaged with the soft and varied textures of the magical snowy world, continuing to walk along the canal.

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

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Winter pattern – art walk in Glasgow

2 March 2018

We slowly walked through the snow up river along the River Kelvin and up by the frozen Forth and Clyde Canal. In these wintry photographs we were looking for pattern and shapes, also observing the angles and movement in our compositions.

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

winter art walk glasgow

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Thursday 1st March Art Groups cancelled

1 March 2018

Due to snow and centre closures in Glasgow, our art groups at Ruchill Community Centre and also Maryhill Art Group on Thursday 1st of March are cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience and we hope to see you soon. Enjoy the magical snowy world!

Snowy Photo

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Drawing the community centre, with some dragons too – children’s spring art group at North United Communities

24 February 2018

The children at Ruchill Community Centre really wanted to do their own thing at this session – which turned out to be drawing views around them.

‘What can I draw?’ they asked – ‘Have a look around – what do you see?’ – so they started working on the interior of the centre and the drinks machine for instance!

Next they worked on their favourite manga images and fantastical creatures..

Drawing the community centre, with some dragons - children's spring art group at North United Communities

Drawing the community centre, with some dragons - children's spring art group at North United Communities

It is over a year now since we began this sketchbook project with North United Communities, it is really great to see them much more confident to draw, especially from their surroundings and imagination..

Drawing the community centre, with some dragons - children's spring art group at North United Communities

Drawing the community centre, with some dragons - children's spring art group at North United Communities

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The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks – Maryhill art group

22 February 2018

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

Inspired by textures and the rhythms of lines and spaces in nature, we started with some imaginative marks responding to these themes, before drawing from some natural objects.

Ink and a variety of brushes came in handy to explore those textures as well as experiment and try out working expressively with drawing and painting approaches.

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

The flow of water moving along the river, the curving lines of gliding birds, patterns in rocks - Maryhill art group

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