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.
I am finally going to start regular calligraphy group lessons in Freiburg-Vauban.
It takes place monthly and is for beginners to advanced levels.
Each time, I prepare various texts in different styles according to the seasonal theme.
All dates till next July are now confirmed. If you are interested in experiencing the mindfulness process, check out the dates!
SHODO calligraphy course in Freiburg
Experience in Japanese calligraphy is not necessary. Each participant from beginner to advanced level can discover and experience the essence of Shodo the art of Japanese calligraphy. The Participants can learn to focus on bringing the balance of mind and body together as well as a one’s individual mindfulness process by special designed practices. So students can learn little by little how to concentrate on their own Qi flow, conduct and apply it with brush and ink onto paper.
19. March / 09.April / 21. May / 25. June / 16. July
♧ Time: 13:00 to 16:00 (with a tea break)
♧ Fee: 45,-Euro (Student: 42,-Euro) per afternoon
♧ Materials and Texts: all inclusive and prepared
♧ Maximal: 9 Personen
♧ Beginner to Advanced level
♧ Language: German, English or Japanese
♧ Place: Haus DIVA Lise-Meitner-Straße 12, 79100 Freiburg-Vauban * see the map below↓
♧ Please sign up for a workshop place here via sign up form: