Archive | January 2017

The Seal I carved for the New Year

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I bought a seal carving stand a couple years ago but haven’t done much with it. Just carved a fish seal and decided to make one for the Year of the Rooster/Chicken

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Chinese Calligraphy for Year of the Rooster

evolutionWhile I am on the subject of Chinese calligraphy, here’s some info.
Chinese writing dates back to over 5000 years ago. Chinese characters evolved from pictographs to more abstract ideograms to the modern-day character, which bears a slight resemblance to its pictographic origins. The characters are divided into 3 main categories : pictographs , ideograms , phonograms.

Since 2017 is the Year of the Rooster/Chicken, I will show you the progression. “Chicken/rooster” 雞 is a pictograph. You can see the evolution of the character with my calligraphy on the left: from the pictorial seal script (the first one at the top) to the modern day character (the second one) and also in my grass style( the third one).

On the right is my interpretation of the origin of the word. From the pictorial seal script, I turned it back into a design of a chicken.

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Heart Sutra Calligraphy 心經

Starting the new year with some peace and tranquility. Even though I am not Buddhist, I find writing the Heart Sutra very calming.

The Heart Sutra (The Heart of the Perfection of Understanding) 心經 , is one of the most important Buddhist scriptures. One of the more well known verses is: “form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form…” 

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