道场 Dào·Chǎng

Notes of a lifelong learner and perpetual beginner on martial arts, mindfulness, Chinese calligraphy…and many, many cups of tea.

Shufa & Shan Shui Class #3

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A few days ago I had my third shufa (Chinese calligraphy) and  shan shui (landscape painting) class with Bob Schmitt at Laughing Waters Studio (Minneapolis, MN). On the way to class I was running late and became increasingly frustrated and tense about it. Then, in one of those occasional and all too brief moments of clarity that I get once in a while, it occurred to me that I was taking this class in order to be more adaptive and relaxed, and getting all bent out of shape about running late was totally defeating the reason I took up shufa and shan shui to start with! I decided that if I was going to get frustrated and tense, I should either quit the class and save my money, or dump the tension and frustration and save my life. I chose the latter.

Dragons have been making their appearances in my life lately (e.g. see my previous post “Shufa & Shan Shui Class #2“). Coincidentally but no less meaningfully — I am old enough to know there are no meaningless coincidences — the assignment for the day included methods for painting dragons. Bob Schmitt’s guidance was relaxed and insightful as usual, and I am happy with the way my own attempt at a dragon turned out for me.

Callig Dragon

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Author: Tom Delaney

See my website at http://www.dao-chang.com.

2 thoughts on “Shufa & Shan Shui Class #3

  1. Do you grind your own ink? Grinding ink is a way to calm oneself before starting to write or paint. It’s part of the meditation aspect of calligraphy. I’m a big fan of grinding ink before starting in class or practicing on my own.

    • Hello YT! You are the first person to ever send me a comment. Thank you!

      Yes, I grind my own ink for about 15 minutes at the beginning of each session. I agree with you comnpletely concerning the tim eit gives one to settle in, clear the mind and focus. For me, it is especially important because usually I am drivng through hectic traffic on my way to class. Grinding the ink is the way to wipe off the stress of the commute for me.

      I am also really happy to have found your blog “Learning Traditional Chinese Characters“!

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