Nov 21, 2002

running with the grasses
The other night I drank some wine. Barolo. It was good. So good that I had a glass too many. The next day I reprimanded myself and said No More Wine. The I came across THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HUAI TSU.
One cold night Huai Tse decided to warm up with drink. After a few cups, he decided to write his autobiography. And the more he drank, the more he wrote.
The alcohol changed his calligraphy. It began to get bigger and bigger. It was loose and wild.
Until that moment calligraphy had been controlled by convention. But the alcohol broke all constraints. That night Huai Tsu exorcized his emotions with calligraphy and drink inventing a way of writing now called Running Grass.
Poetry became visual.
Calligraphy & Catharsis.
When drawing calligraphic strokes, the inner energy passes through the hand to the brush and then onto the paper. This energy is manifested in the final work.
I like writing my thoughts out by hand and not by typing them out onto the computer. Because I like the physical feel of writing. My thoughts are more easily synchronized with the pen as opposed to the keyboard.
Does writing by hand as opposed to typing change the way our thoughts are processed?
I have many notebooks that I use to draft out my ideas. Once my ideas are articulated in this way, I transfer them to the computer. Then, once these thoughts are printed and archived, I physically obliterate the written words in my notebooks.
The rapid and repetitive motion of my hand moving the pen is like a form of meditation and relaxes me.

A secret weapon for sosho -- Calligraphy (shodo: "the way of writing") is the art of writing beautifully.-- Overview of Calligraphy-- Japanese Calligraphy-- Today, in both China and Japan, characters can be written in five different styles of scripts: Seal, Clerical, Block, Semicursive, and Cursive.-- Calligraphy How-to-- Asian Calligraphy--
Master Ou¡¯s calligraphy is an art-- the so-called Fine Arts qigong-- Chinese Calligraphy-- Appreciation of The Art of Chinese Calligraphy-- The Chinese Art of Seal Carvings--
Calligraphy: reflections of the divine-- Kanji take their origin in pictographs.-- Japanese Calligraphy-- "Seal Script".-- Chinese Calligraphy ¨C Styles-- Many a potter is equally adept with a calligraphy brush as with a wheel.-- Calligraphy--
Chinese Calligraphy Symbols-- How to hold the brush-- Examples from Chinese encyclopedias and critiques-- Chinese calligraphy tiger-- Êé·¨ -- calligraphy scroll - Walking in the Mountain --- Calligraphy Gallery--Calligraphy-- Catharsis: The Power of Art--calligraphy and drawing at the cook museum via geisha asobi --asian studies at berkely

post script:
The Zen artist Deiryu......With Nantenbo, Deiryu traveled through the countryside on lecture tours for the general public, trips that could include as many as thirty stops. The two usually traveled at night, often sitting up in a third-class train carriage, in order to arrive at the next location in the morning. On these journeys, Nantenbo sat in zazen meditation, and Deiryu diligently memorized Zen texts and practiced calligraphy by tracing the shapes of characters with his finger in the palm of his hand. via plep via zen paintings
Cy Twombly, letter of resignation via riley dog

"A herd of buffalo can move only as fast as the slowest buffalo, and when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular culling of the weakest members.

In much the same way the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, we all know, kills off brain cells, but naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, constantly making the brain a faster and more efficient machine."
humour thyself via whiskey river via dharma the cat


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