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.