Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy and Brushwork
August 15–17, 2014
Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity. During this contemplative retreat, we will faithfully copy selected ideographs in the different styles of ancient Chinese masterpieces. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice how our imperfection and inner criticism keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. We will experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of papers and brushes. Materials will include black ink and biodegradable watercolor paint. No previous experience is needed. Brushes and paper will be provided.
Kazuaki Tanahashi is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace worker. Born and trained in Japan, he is known for creating a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-colored Zen circles. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, his brushwork has been featured in many solo exhibitions. He teaches and performs worldwide. Author of Brush Mind, Penetrating Laughter and Lotus, Kaz is the founder of A World Without Armies, an initiative for global demilitarization. Learn more at www.brushmind.net.