So, Fediverse and Shop... I'm sitting here with my knitting, feeling at slightly loose ends because the place I go help teach #shodō has decided to stop all classes with immediate effect.
Strictly a volunteer measure, so far, but one I'm mostly happy to see.
So, here I knit, gently recalibrating my brain, for whatever the next thing will be.
#DublinWorldcon So, got to bed *considerably* earlier last night, and am feeling much the better for it.
*checks the Irish language pattern creeping into my writing, decides not to bother "correcting" it*
I had a GREAT chat yesterday with @irina, and spent most of the last two days just doing #shodō calligraphy at public area tables - yesterday was in the crafting area, where I also earwigged a couple of workshops.
I'm a 50+ person, born&raised in the US, married 30+ years to Loving Spouse, a Delightful Dutchman.
I've been told I can be a hard-ass by people whose opinion I care about, and consider that a compliment. But, most of the time, I like nice & kind.
Wheee... well, after the bad wobble from a few days ago, I had a Very Good day, at a small, planned #shodō related event. My brushes behaved reliably, my mind could visit "the zone" mostly when I wanted it to, and I have a couple of things I'm happy with that I then gave away.
I can tell it was a good day for shodō yesterday - today's session was slightly lackluster: a sign of having really spent a lot of that energy yesterday.
That's okay, too. Tomorrow, I reckon I'll be fresher.
I guess I sort of "adulted" today.
But, at least, I did get some #shodō done - nothing to make a headline out of, but still did some necessary exercising of those brush moves.
It'll be interesting to keep the momentum going after the structure provided by the class this semester. I have ideas I want to execute, and need to get my technique up to where those things are easily inside my comfort zone, not at my extreme.
I guess I sort of "adulted" today.
Also, afterward, I "went down" for a nap - I intended to get up after 30 minutes to do some actual #shodō, but my body had other ideas. Like, I didn't stir for nearly 2 hours, and spent another 30 minutes kind of "emerging" (reading while horizontal).
So, recognizing that this rest was also necessary, was adulting, I guess.
Still trying to learn to how accept my needs, though.
minor health whining
So, yesterday I was at #shodō class, trying to get into the groove - it should have been possible, as the teacher was concentrating on giving the (official) students feedback with relation to their upcoming exam.
But about 45 min before the end of class, my sore throat started to blossom, and - weirdly - I could feel the onset of inflammation in my body.
After realizing I felt pretty crap, I had a chat with the teacher, & left early.
My teacher has given me lots of #shodō homework from the other students to correct... so off I go to my table, soon!
(Good to dip back in for a bit, though.)
Oh, Shop and Fediverse. Today I have #shodō-ed to my edge and am happy,... but for the distance I still feel I have to my goal of a particular skill level.
(Wanting to produce a hiragana worksheet for the fellow calligraphers, and... perfection, eh? It's not reachable, but you know how one keeps trying.)
Whee, Shop and Fediverse.
Today I was a teacher. Well, a *substitute* teacher, but still -- a #shodō teacher!
Good morning, Shop and Fediverse!
Goodness, I was very quiet yesterday. But it was a good day. #knitting on #BigRoundThingKAL19, also #shodō, working on a project that will eventually become a poster. Part of this is getting my head around my shodō teacher's request that I take the class for her two times, in just over 2 weeks' time. Nervous, but very, very happy and gearing up to do my best job possible.
(Yippee!! Officially glad that 𠂇 made it, at least on my screen...)
So, my adventures at the #shodō table today took me not only to 右 (right) 有 (have) 左 (left), but also to their forms in various historical scripts, from Clerical to Seal to Oracle Bone - there's a lot of fun there for an old brush like me.
The #shodō focus on 友 (friend) lead me to consider what exactly was going on with the elements in this character, and which #kanji shared particularly the left-side structure (𠂇- if that works right, I'll be so glad!) My #Japanese dictionary tells me that 友 is two hands together (literally 又
plus 又) but while I liked the story, I wasn't "seeing" the hands, especially with two such different forms.
My brain... is that nice, slightly over-done fuzzy that ensues after an intense session of study: kanji in the afternoon (while doing #shodō), and my favorite of copying a text from a novelization of a Japanese police procedural series. (#aibo #相棒 for those who know...) I do a modified Cornell note-taking method (http://lsc.cornell.edu/notes.html) where I put my translation notes in the cue column, and text (double spaced) on the right.
*phew* Back from my big day out, at #shodō class, where my teacher got me to also do some corrections (under her supervision), and generally approved of my choices. (Although I heartily acknowledge she's an important balance to my own somewhat "KTF" nature when it comes to items needing improvement...)
My feet hurt - I only noticed on the last steps to the station, and realized how much I'd been on my feet during class. There might be some future foot correction needed, bleh.
Today I went to my #shodō class, for the 5th year since I started with this teacher - these days, I mostly buzz around in the background, helping her out.
It's amazing the number of pupils who think they're doing the right thing by "economizing" on the ink they put in their brushes. I reckon 3/4's of their problems are solved by giving the brush a good dunking and *then* stroking out the excess.
#shodō turned into a kind of stretch session, as I learned by testing some of the new paints for glass and ceramic (instead of ink) and how much different it is from ink... I wasn't so much brushing my characters as "dropping" or glopping them on from an extremely full brush.
Doing #shodō calligraphy,... the character 冬, for winter, as one does.
It's been... a surprisingly good day.
I think partly because we've been able to pick and choose our own meaning and activity in this period. No forced jollity or family visits with people we cannot stand. Lots of relaxing, living in the moment, plus a couple of long-distance phone-call with dear people in different time zones. #spinning and #shodō. A good day.
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