Hope you are keeping well and wishing you a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and New Year holiday ❄️ Here is my Season’s Greetings card, an aerial inspired one of Glasgow this year.
In 2022 I’ve been creating worlds within worlds – photography, paintings, Japanese stamp making and practising Shodo calligraphy. In May I was fortunate to have my artwork exhibited in Japan in an exciting large public exhibition of mainly abstract works in Uozu – please see the ART/X/TOYAMA Youtube video, from 12mins 41 seconds:
I was also busy with a colourful and fun community mural in Maryhill, Glasgow over summer, helped by the fab community, with over 100 folk mainly young people taking part:
With palms together and kind wishes for 2023, Year of the Rabbit 🐰
Hope you are keeping well and wishing you a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and New Year holiday ☃️
I’ve been fortunate to practice different styles of Shodo calligraphy, jazzy abstract pieces and mysterious photography in 2021. I’ve been especially busy with community creative groups in Glasgow and online on Zoom.
With palms together and kind wishes for 2022, Year of the Tiger 🐯
It is now ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. We wish to send our warm wishes to all those still very much affected in the Tohoku area and in other parts of Japan – our hearts and thoughts are with you. May you be happy and may you be well.
This sketch is a soft inky piece I made while travelling in Japan (using sumi ink and fude brush and pens), I was enjoying the presence and curves of the Sanjunoto three level Buddhist towers.
透 – tō – to be transparent, leave gap, hold light 明 – mei – bright/ illumination 観 – kan observation meditation; perceive
transparent and moving, perceiving interpenetrating and making space, like the bird shape of Kannon 観音 soaring, seeing and feeling
My series of abstracted photographs has been expanding in the last couple of years and I have been rethinking their scope, and combining with the meditative activities I do. 透明観 – toumeikan – is my new title for the project.
These are three recent photographs taken at Traprain.
It was great to have the time to work on 篆刻 tenkoku seal engraving for hansetsu sized calligraphy paper. These hakubun and shubun white and red letter 印 stamps have a face of 2cm square.
After designing the two stamps with a combination of my surname, calligraphy and zen name, and painting on the kanji (in the tensho style) onto the stones which takes care and a steady hand at times, I then spent a while into the deep dark night enjoying the carving.