August 16, 2017 | Learn SUMI-E, Blog
Before I begin, I would like to remind you that there are only 2 days left (until August 19) for the introductory special of my “The Way of Calligraphy in Shodo or Sumi-e Painting” course where I teach the mindful way of writing the Japanese/Chinese calligraphic characters and apply the process in creating expressive calligraphic art (shodo) and/or vibrant sumi-e paintings.
Now, I am very pleased to announce that I have started a Facebook group to support my students in learning. It is a private group for those who are learning or have learned with me the mindful way of sumi-e painting, using the sensibilities of calligraphic strokes.
If you are interested to learn more about the method I teach and use in my art, then you can enrol in my “Sumi-e Painting of a Rooster: Method Overview” mini course, which is an overview/demonstration of the process.
To learn in depth this mindful way of seeing and painting, I invite you to my school and start with the “Essentials for Learning Sumi-e Painting” and continue in the order presented.
Recently I have changed the name of my online school from “Zen of Creating with Mindful Presence” to “Zen of Calligraphy in Sumi-e Painting”.
Originally my intention was to teach the application of this mindful process not only to sumi-e painting but also to other forms of art creating (drawing, painting…). I invite you to visit the “Drawings” gallery of my website and see what I mean; bringing out the essence, rather than the detail, sharing the experience, rather than the description, using the white space, applying the living/breathing line…. the same spirit and principles as in sumi-e painting.
I still intend to teach this but I decided to make the name more specific to what I am teaching now. And there is still so much more cover:
– the use of the white space (yohaku)
– the use of colour
– the application of the stamp/seal to finish the artwork
– how to see with senses
and of course, work with various subject matters and calligraphic characters or just abstract shapes.
So the new name is of my school and the Facebook group is the same – “Zen of Calligraphy in Sumi-e Painting”
It is the student’s learning platform to:
— post work for sharing or critique
— post works in progress… lines, strokes …. mindful accidents
— ask questions
— post and learn from the relevant links and information
— exchange ideas
— share insights and struggles…
Hope to see you in my school and learn to create mindfully….meditate with Oriental brush.