Monthly Archives: June 2016

Discipline before Art

One student in my Chinese calligraphy class asked me what new things will I teach them next term.  I said ‘nothing’ at the time; being sick and grumpy.  I am still sick and grumpy but this morning I turned my mind … Continue reading

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Party Time at End of Term

    On the last day of the Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners course, the students brought plates of food and while some were still pasting backings on their work, the party began. The reasons for backing an artwork are many … Continue reading

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I must have done something good

Hedgebrook is accepting applications for 2017 residencies. As a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook, you stay in a cottage of your own, nestled in the idyllic woods on Whidbey Island. You join your five fellow writers in residence for dinner … Continue reading

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Session 8: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

This is the final lesson for some of the students while others will continue for another term.  For those who are leaving I like to furnish them with the knowledge of how to back their art work. Although the Chinese calligraphy … Continue reading

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Trial and Error and Before and After

In my Chinese Calligraphy class, students are required to self critique their work and make changes as necessary.  Last Tuesday students had a ‘test’ : some had a second attempt.  Here Jo wrote the character 春 (spring) twice.  Note the … Continue reading

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Knitting at Café Paradiso

It was the official Queen’s Birthday and my friend Angela and I met for lunch (Duck Noodle Soup)at Sam’s Thai then repaired to our favourite café for coffee and knitting.  Yes, knitting. It was a long weekend and patrons were … Continue reading

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Session 7: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Sometimes I write about a session after the event but most times I write about it before the day as a check list for myself; a sort of planner.  Nothing ever goes exactly to plan, of course; mostly because of … Continue reading

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Session 6: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Students will now work on their individual projects until the end of term.  Though I’ve given them a 28-word poem in week 1, everyone in class has declined to attempt it this term.  Some, however, have chosen a line or … Continue reading

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