Are you already enjoying your Shodo practice in a warm cozy room with some candles on?!
When it comes to practising Shodo, Autumn and Winter seasons are great for us to refind a inner silence and develop a deeper sense of mindfulness.
Today I post a perfect seasonal Otehon for here and now.
Otehonn text “shimobashira 霜柱”
: しもばしら/ シモバシラ
-English: Frost pillar, Frost columns
-German: Frost Kristalle, Raureif
-霜 shimo : Frost
-柱 bashira : Column, Pillar
-Level: beginner to intermediate
-Brush size: medium to big, for both hard and soft haired
– make sure the difference between the side brushing and the direct brushing
– a clear 1-2-3 movement in the corner techniques
– left Harai technique, always wait for the cursive point.
– check all types of bending strokes
– check the middle line and composition balance
Enjoy your Shodo hours”
I give a Shodo course in Basel since this September.
It has been great to see these beautiful participants making lots of progress and challenging their mindfulness process every time.
Compliment on their calligraphy pieces and the “shou-nen 正念” right mindfulness!
Next lesson is on the 5th. December.
And I do love Basel! – Full of “Arts” and inspiration..
The atelier is just in front of Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Alban Rheinweg!
More info : Calligraphy course in Basel
When; Sunday, 12. November, 13.00 ~ 16.00
Where; Haus Diva, Lise-Meitner-Strasse 12
D79100, Freiburg- Vauban
Level; From beginners to professionals
Fee; 45€ / all materials and texts included, calligraphy tools provided
I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 12th. November starting at 13.00.
We will this time practise beautiful frost theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.
The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for 8all levels including some professional needs too.
The beginners are always welcome!
- If you would like to sign in, please send me a mail on: email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!!
Another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine. Lately my choice of Kanji is very much inspired by the beautiful Autumn colours and the atmosphere…
– Shou, Nobo-ru
– To rise
You can see the development from the right hand side.
Sosho ⬅ Gyosho ⬅ Kaisho
Link to my Instagram
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.
Here is another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine.
– Mizuumi, Ko
Sosho ⬅ Gyosho ⬅ Kaisho
The image is from my Instagram account; https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7AnaTHW_7/
I found this beautiful vintage Kimono fabric from my grandmother’s Kimono box. A little fresh breeze for your hot day.
Finally, the summer heat pops up!
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.
-Related textes : 書道 shodo、 華道 kado、 茶道 sado、 柔道 judo、合気道 aikido、剣道 kendo、空手道 karatedo…
-The “up and down practice” as a warming-up exercise is recommended specially for the vertical energy movement.
– Relax your shoulders and neck area.( as always^)
I would like to say…
Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop in Freiburg.
Compliment on your beautiful mindfulness!!
Excellent works –
Next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday the 19th. March.
Three expressions of
“I LOVE YOU~ Aishiteru”
From the right hand side ;
– Kanji and Hiragana
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Loads of Love,
Another Sanshotai from my morning calligraphy routine.
– Good, Joy, Luck
It shows three basic calligraphy styles and the development of this Kanji,
Kaisho➡ Gyosho➡ Sosho
from the right hand side.
I first prepared three calligraphy texts for Kakizome, the new year’s calligraphy. And one Sumi-calligraphy for the Rooster year!!
“Tori doshi 酉年”: the year of Rooster.
“Toridoshi” in Kanji.
Top one: Rooster, below: Year
This Kanji Rooster, only used for zodiac calendar.
“Toridoshi” in Hiragana
The Kanji, Tori.
The text for kid’s calligraphy class.
“Tori 鳥”in Sumie-calligraphy style.
This Kanji literaturely means bird.
The new year calligraphy is always quite playful. To begin with, we talk about our Christmas holiday how it was, with a cup of green tea. And warming-up, practise practice and practise…
At the end of lesson, I ask students what their new year’s theme/resolution is and let them pick a word that describes the theme, like “peace”or “stress-free” and so on… And I translate the word into Japanese and pick a best matched Kanji for the word.
Student then calligraph-s the name, date and the Kanji on the best Seisho piece at the end.
The last workshop-style course was on last Sunday.
Thanks very much to everyone who took part in the workshop in Freiburg!!
All did beautiful works!!
Some managed to practise quite many texts, some focused on the specific techniques!!
Next workshop is on Sunday the 22nd.January in 2017.
The theme is ” KAKIZOME – New Year Calligraphy : The year of the Roosters”
I will bring some big calligraphy brushes so that people can try them out.
Believe me – it is always fun with a big brush!!