Once upon a time, ...
I met a young learner, an artist inside,
who came form the eastern shores of the northern China sea,
I learned on the way about practical aspects of Chinese calligraphy, as if it had been an open book! The flow of the tool, the space around the character, the order of strokes, etc.
He kindly accepted my humble proposal to paint a panel for me.
It become a harder work than expected.
How pleasant it was for me ... as it was action for him!
Now the process itself. We went through all the stages, in harmony, five of them, of course:
STAGE 1. Inscription:
Message. Which one?
select something meaningful
a bit eastern, a bit western.
I said "Em sona a chino" (in Catalan : "it sounds Chinese to me")
He said: 'it is Greek to me.'
The final selection was evenly decided: Master Socrates came to help us.
Wǒ zhī wǒ bù zhī suǒ zhī
Meǐ rén bǐ tā gèng zhì huì
"I know i know nothing". - Socrates (470-399 a. C)
The Master (= Confucius -551–479 BC) said:"No-one is wiser than him"
STAGE 2. PENCILWORK ON PAPER:
Suport. He wrote the characters stylistically on 2 long pieces,
one for each sentence.
It was necessary to add the comments:
1- The first piece was said by Socrates (="so+ga+re+tu)To write his name he needed 4 extra characters!
2- he started the second sentence with the typical Confucius start:"The Master said:", as in the Analectas 论语, pinyin: Lún Yǔ
He said: Now I know I have to paint
11 (7 +4) characters on first lineand 9 (2+ 7) on the second line
This is the part I really enjoyed as I tried to repeat and disciplined myself to draw the characters in the RIGHT order! And my attempts were poorly done. It only meant I needed more practice ... till one day woill arrive that I would be able to write in the right order of strokes, the the ink and flow of tool, and so on! In this regard I like G. K. Chesterton's quote:
- “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”
STAGE 3. LARGE BRUSHWORK ON CARDBOARD:
He said: Distributing space, the best answer was:
1- different size for text and place it in the centre,
2- Socrates on the upper right part and
3 The Master on the lower left part,
to keep the harmony on the panel.
Now go on next stage...STAGE 4. WORK ON WOOD -THICK BRUSH:
Working on the correct size, but with a thicker brush
we calibrated the width of the brushpaint on the surface:
1 -We worked on a larger size first and
2- adapted to the second sentence.
STAGE 5. GILDED WORK AND ARTIST:
Last words from Tianwei:
Many thanks for this personal workshop we shared, Tian and me, during a weekend of June in Manresa.
To say it with a Chinese motto:
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PS: In other words....
TIANWEI shows some of his skills at calligraphy in Catalonia, "Writing Beauty", a forgotten art.
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