Two years ago, I have a series known as The Impressions of Autumn.
I don’t think I have showcased all the photos.
The picture was taken in BaiWangShan near Beijing during Autumn.
We hiked up the mound which has a circular arrangement of slates with Chinese calligraphy on them.
The leaves have turned reddish brown and have rich Autumnal colors.
Last year, I provided an update in the “About” page on my activities in retirement.
This is about time I should provide another update.
I have been learning Chinese Calligraphy for slightly over one year now, I am struggling with learning my Spanish grammar and I have also started learning a special form of TaiChi known as the “Water Flowing” form which does not emphasize on the mechanical external form of the exercise – it focuses on the internal work of the body (really hard to explain and learn!).
This week, I have spent over one hour writing the attached calligraphy. This is for handing over to my teacher for his comment coming Saturday. In the past year, I have learned writing in four different fonts of the Chinese characters. The one posted is the simplified free-flowing form. Every week, my teacher will tell me what are the problems with my writing and how I should improve.
The slates have poems written by scholars carved into them. It was not only the calligraphy but also the Autumn foliage in the gardens which added to the poetic mood.
With the different Chinese fonts now readily available from the computer / internet, less and less people are learning or practising Calligraphy now.
It is foreseeable that Chinese Calligraphy could become a dying art as well!