The group is welcoming and free of charge, come along and join us tonight at the friendly @Centre81 at 6.30 to 8pm. Destress, find inspiration, enjoy trying out our drawing materials 😄
Last time we enjoyed an autumnal 🍁 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.
In October at our Zen Heart Brush group, we hamonized with the season and decided to write ‘koyo, 紅葉’ autumn colours.
To help us get in the mood and connect with the natural feeling, there were some red and golden leaves on the table to catch the essence of the season. The meaning of the kanji ‘紅葉’ is crimson leaves, we hope everyone enjoyed the autumnal season in the room!
The meaning of the kanji ‘紅葉’ is crimson leaves, we hope everyone enjoyed the autumnal season in the room! We looked at the origins of each kanji character and how the styles changed over the centuries, which guided our shodo practice, and helped us enjoy the different possibilities.
We had a lovely day at the Cowden Japanese Garden with enthusiastic people taking part, it was a colourful autumn day and tranquil atmosphere, a perfect setting to enjoy a workshop of Japanese shodo calligraphy.
After a short talk about shodo we slowly strolled outside, meditatively walking in the garden to admire different features in the garden and interact with our senses, especially we paid attention to ‘karesansui, 枯山水’ dry landscape which was related to our theme that day!
Then we went back to the room, we started to try out the ‘enso, 円相’ circle to loosen up. Then we moved onto ‘sui, 水’ and ‘san, 山’ which can be combined as ‘sansui, 山水’ mountains and water. We had demonstrations and wrote the characters in very varied styles of calligraphy which the participants enjoyed!
During the break we had delicious scones and empire biscuits with hot drinks 😉
The garden is a delightful and peaceful place to visit, (it reminds Blair of Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa) and the setting in the foothills of the Ochills near Dollar is inspiring 🙂
A simple fun way to make a Halloween mask or Autumnal crown is to use a
long strip of thick paper sized to fit around the wearer’s head, and
decorate and trim this to your fanciful and fantastical desire!
You can enjoy experimenting with different styles of masks, from superhero to elegant to monstrous, to animal or tribal..
Useful materials: Scissors,
double sided tape, pencil, paint pens such as posca, coloured paper
such as heavy sugar paper, oil pastels or crayons, inks using a brush,
or artbrushes as we used, leaves – carefully choose the colours and
shapes of leaves.
We found inspiration and tips from the website Handmade Charlotte.
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 🍁🧡😄
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.
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.
We used 顔彩 gansai paint sets with fude brushes and cut bamboo takepens, and painted in sketchbooks for ease of working outside.
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.
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 🧡
Kindly supported by West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath
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!
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.
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 🙂