Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Is This Upside Down?

I took a one-day class from Kathleen Murray called "The Basics in Chinese Calligraphy for the Mixed-Media Artist". The picture above is the cover of the book I made at the end of the class.

These are the pictures of the book, both sides of it. I took one set of pictures and was ready to post them when Susan thought maybe they looked wrong, like they were upside down. How should I know? An accordion book can go both ways, right? Anyway, I re-shot them and hope this is the way they are supposed to be. Somewhere in my notes I have the translation of what I wrote but all I know is that it does not say "Bite my boxer shorts", despite Susan's threats.

I learned a lot about different ways to hold the brush and how to grind my own sumi ink. It was an intense class, a long way out of my comfort zone, but also very relaxing because I didn't feel any pressure to "make something". I gave all the cool practice papers to Susan.

1 comment:

ArtPropelled said...

"Bite my boxer shorts" .... lol...
It must be a thrill a minute in your household. I did a sumi-e course at the Buddhist Retreat and loved every minute of it but never continued with it. I suppose I felt the same way as you did. No pressure but enjoying the moment.