The photo I posted last time showed one of the tasks for the teacher’s qualification test I took some forty years ago which I happened to find when cleaning my house. While the previous one was print or standard style, this one is semi-cursive or semi-standard style, which is suitable for writing fast and is most often used practically.
These days we have been having a terrible heat again, which makes me very tired. A little while ago, we had a number of days of dreadful, heavy rainfall. When the weather is severe in any way, it is somewhat comfortable to practice with my teacher’s calligraphy that I have been very familiar with since childhood.
In my message to the visitors at the calligraphy exhibition held in Poland in November 2017 which I was really fortunate to be allowed to participate in, I briefly mentioned “power of words” that is extremely intriguing to me.
As I wrote many times before …when I cleaned my house … this time I found a number of models my first teacher gave me years ago. And this time, they are the size of a paper scroll designed for a common Japanese style room. I think they were given to me to prepare for the examination to be qualified as a calligraphy teacher, probably around forty years ago. I am certain not many people now are fortunate enough to possess something as treasurable as these. I thought I had been and will be incredibly fortunate.
I have used the subdivided solar terms as motifs for my calligraphy for some time. In the meantime, some of the phrases don’t give me actual feelings and at some other times, I find things I have never seen in person, like this one 綿柎開, meaning “calyx enwrapping cotton opens”.
It is a brief extract from a poem by Su Shi in the Northern Song dynasty in ancient China, a major personality and poet. Apparently, it is about a gusty evening shower that comes suddenly and then stops quickly. Now I recall evening showers in summer were just like this when I was growing up. Rains should fall in this manner.