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D+P Studio News

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

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

30 October 2019

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

Our friendly free of charge group welcomes you to come along and join us tonight at the fabulous Centre81 at 6.30 to 8pm. Destress, find inspiration, enjoy trying out our drawing materials 🍁🧡😄

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

Last week at the Clydebank art group we had some fun with a nature rocky theme, in our group there is always plenty of freedom also to go your own creative way if you want to, 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.

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

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Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

15 October 2019

Margaret and Blair walked to the river North of Lenzie and found a sheltered peaceful spot next to a small weir, ideal for setting up for Suibokuga 水墨画 water and ink landscape painting.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

We used 顔彩 gansai paint sets with fude brushes and cut bamboo takepens, and painted in sketchbooks for ease of working outside.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

Coming to the activity with a meditative relaxed mind-body helped us to connect with the environment in harmony with the brushed markmaking. The sound of the frothing swirling water was relaxing to hear, and the bull that slowly appeared up the riverbank signalled time to move on.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

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Stress free creativity at Centre81

7 October 2019

Stress free creativity at Centre81

At Clydebank art group we had a lively night with a great turnout of folk trying out all the different materials from pencils and pens to pastels and colourful inks.

Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81

We had a rocky theme exploring rocky shapes and imagining the carboniferous world that shaped the rocks below the Glasgow and Dunbartonshire area.

Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81

Rocky places was our starting point and we went off in several creative directions from there, so it was an expressive, natural and experimental night!

Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Flightpath

Kindly supported by West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath

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Destress and doodle

2 October 2019

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 🧡

Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Flightpath

Kindly supported by West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath

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Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

30 September 2019

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!

Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

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.

Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

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 🙂

Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

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Autumn creativity

25 September 2019

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.

Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
West Dunbartonshire Council
Flightpath

Kindly supported by West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath

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October Japanese themed groups 🙂

23 September 2019

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.

More info:
https://drawingandpaintingstudio.com/e…/cloudbrush-treebrush

Cloudbrush Treebrush

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

More information and tickets:
https://www.cowdengarden.com/…/japanese-suibokuga-landscap…/
https://www.cowdengarden.com/pr…/japanese-shodo-calligraphy/

Cowden Japanese Garden

We hope you can make it along and enjoy autumnal groups together! 🙂🍂

Suibokuga landscape
Suibokuga by Margaret Kerr and Blair Thomson

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From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups

18 September 2019

From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups
From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups

Into September, it is gradually getting more autumnal and the temperature has become cooler and crisper.

From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups
From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups

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!

From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups
From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups
From summer into autumn, forest and natural patterns at Clydebank art groups

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Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group

4 September 2019

Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group

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.

Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group

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.

Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group
Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group
Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group

It was interesting thinking about the spaces between the trees and the characters and movement of them.

Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group
Having fun with mixed media and paints at Clydebank art group

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