The spirit of calligraphy
lies in the expression shinga
, literally "the image of the heart". Calligraphy
reveals a great deal about you as the artist and your heart and
spirit. It is a means of translating your metaphysical soul onto
paper. It all starts with good posture. Then you pick up your brush,
take a deep breath and pour all your vital energy into each brush
stroke and dot on the paper.
Calligraphy is the art of
varying lines. They may be heavy, light, full of life, even humorous
or serious. They may be written quickly or slowly, thinly or thickly.
The essential thing is that the whole should be in balance, and
this is learned gradually through exercises and a good mastery of
the basic techniques. Before setting brush to paper, you must concentrate,
if you want the result to be satisfactory and full of grace.
It is an art that dates back 3,000 years. Many artistic disciplines
in Asia have their roots in calligraphy and it is also closely related
to visual arts around the world. It is often said that of all the
arts calligraphy is the best mirror of the artist's personality.
And isn't that personality the sun of all the artist's feelings?
Looking at a piece of calligraphy, we also look at the artist and
his or her emotions and life.