A fresh perspective on the north room studio door

A very talented and enthusiastic student of mine blogged her visit to my studio with the photo and creative writing below, which I really like, and kindly allowed me to re-post here. It is great to be able to see the studio through fresh eyes… “Monday 23 January 2012: What’s through the door this week? …

Wakabayashi’s Zen Calligraphy

This is my sensei Wakabayashi’s Sho calligraphy of zen master Dogen’s poem coming to terms with reality ’empty-handed’ after returning from China – ‘The eyes are horizontal, and the nose is vertical.’ This prompted my partner to tell me the story she read of Ikkyu (Rinzai zen master, 1394-1481) who placed a curving, twisted bonsai …

Drifting Snows, Folded Forms

End of December 3 day trip to the Trossachs National Park Central Scotland 8 and a half hours walk, crampons on at around 400m Exhilarating but tough crunching through snow and ice Carrying materials, limited time for sculpture Drifting snow along the ridge from Ben Ledi to Ben Vane Snowmelt, deer and headtorches for walk back …