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
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Autumn colours.
I would like to update a new Autumn text in Hiragana.
It is suitable for the beginners and those who are eager to brush up Hiraganas.
The Otehon text : OTSUKIMI おつきみ
It has four Hiraganas.
– For medium to big brush, both hard and soft.
– make sure you fold the paper into four boxes
– Loads of Nuki* Slide out techniques in the text, so the warming-up practice with spirals recommended.
– For Hane*jumping technique, make sure you do the 1*2*3 movement with your brush.
Movement 1; Pause~ the place where you stop at the first stroke
Movement 2 ; Preparation~ you open the hair of brush little bit.
Movement 3 ; To jump ~ you pull the energy up through your naval and slowly proceed to jump.
– Make sure you are able to imagine the clear picture of the moon you like and an extra feeling for that moon.
– Kanji for that text is; “お月見” or “月見”, you can drop the お.
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
When; Sunday, 15. October, 13.00 ~ 16.00
Where; Haus Diva, Vauban in Freiburg.
Level; From beginners to professionals
Fee; 45 euro ~All materials included, tools provided.
I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 15th. October starting at 13.00.
We will practise beautiful Autumn theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.
The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for all levels including some professional needs too.
The beginners are more than welcome!!
If you would like to sign in, please send me a mail on ; firstname.lastname@example.org@gmx.de
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 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.
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!!