Have you done the Zodiac calligraphy yet?!
Are you already moving on to a spring text?!
Here I’d like to post some fantastic zodiac calligraphy works from my students – (both private sessions and workshops in January)
As you might’ve seen 2020 is the year of the rat, started from the 25th.January.
The first calligraphy of the year : KAKIZOME was 子、鼠 / Rat in zodiac and pictographic Kanji accompanied with 世界平和 / World Peace.
Technically we focused on basics and clear transparent lines.
Another focus I really wanted my students to concentrate on was the deep inner input of mindfulness while we did the text 世界平和 / World Peace.
All practised so beautifully….
If you are no more beginner, you could practise Sanshotai 鼠.
When you do, please practice these three styles always in a loop circle from the right hand side: Sosho←Gyosho←Kaisho
This is the practice which has a light systematic flow so we can learn not only the different brush movement from Kaisho to Sosho but also the different energy evaluation quite effectively.
Thank you for coming to the last Shodo workshop of the year in Basel(CH) /Bad Saeckingen (DE) area.
Our Shodo text was ;
“EIYA 永夜 “means long nights symbolizing the winter nights.
It can be read “nagai yoru”
•EI : 永 / eternity
•YA : 夜 / night(s)
”永“ is an extremely important Kanji character because it includes eight basic yet fundamental brush strokes for Kaisho/Block style – it called eight rules (八法)
Even if you are already intermediate level or advanced level practicing Gyosho style, winter season is a good time to reflect and review the basic strokes and techniques. You will see that each brush movement would become clearer and more developed after a few practices.
Here I put two images ; extra information about Kanjj science and background if you are interested.
I hope you are enjoying these hot sunny days! Are you brushing up your calligraphy skills?! Or doing more stroke-practice?!
Before the summer holiday ends, I would like to post an Otehon for the month of August.
The summery text you can not avoid ….
“Aka-i-kin-gyo (Jap) ~ Red goldfish”
*Kingyo: Goldfish (Kin; Gold +Gyo; Fish)
*4 Kanjis and 1 Hiragana
Please check all balance lines, composition frames and some tips above.
Each Kanji have more less a clear middle line. Always start with a clear angle and check which brush technique should be applied.(side or direct brushings)
Recommended brush size is the medium to the big. Both hard or soft haired are suitable for this text.
I post the Otehon text which has the technique of SHINNYO”. It is not an easy technique to practise, but a very important one to learn in the art of Shodo and in the Do-Art.
This Otehon text is prepared for the beginners who already practised some Kanji texts and for the first time to practise “Do-Michi-道”
Yama Michi”- can be read as San Do”.
: Mountain path
*Michi~ The way, the path
-Big or medium size brush, both hard or soft.
-山: A combination of the side and the direct brushing techniques. A very strong corner technique. The dominant middlebalance. Rather thick and big.
– 道:1 x rectangular box + 1x”L” shaped composition. The key practice is a long flat MIGI HARAI(RIGHT SLUDE-OUT) in the Shinnyou radical. Always keep the brush upright. Concentrate on lifting the Qi energy up through your belly button. The extra “S” movement practice can be very effective.
-“SHINNYOU” in Michi/Do is one of the essential techniques in Shodo. Always ask your teacher again and again till you get the right brush movement and understand the correct energy shifting in this technique.
I am just introducing the Shakyou 写経calligraphy with the Heart Sutra (Hannya-Shingyo) to the advanced students.
They are doing very well!! Despite the tiny Shakyou brush….
Once one gets used to it, the brush movement would become lighter and smoother – and eventually you would feel very meditative just like hearing the hymn of Heart Sutra.