When walking along beaches in the tropics it is important to read the signs in the sand, especially if they look fresh…
For thousands of years the Aborigine people verbally passed their history and wisdom through the generations. They also created stories of their dream time in paintings left in caves and later on canvas. A type of symbolic calligraphy.
Meg has a unique way with words, she takes us on journeys along the beach and through the bush surrounding her home, opening our eyes to the beauty of nature all around and compliments the journey in words, with beautiful, detailed photos. Visit her Australian world here before she goes to her second home in Poland later this week.
“What I keep coming back to is calligraphy. I think of precision, delicacy, flow. I think of communicating beautifully, of Chinese artists combining calligraphy and paintings, of the elegance of Arabic script. I also think of the calligraphy of nature – the arrangements made by the sea on the beach, the tracks of moth larvae on scribbly gums, the fossilized ripples on a rock face, the leaf skeletons where the veins only are left, tracks in the sand of dog and beach creature, the shadow of ferns on rock. All mark-making with meaning and beauty.”
Back in August Jack and I went to a free workshop at the local library (as you know I love the library. See a previous post here) A group of Chinese students were giving this hands on workshop to teach the art of Chinese calligraphy.
With only a few attending the class we had excellent tuition. But it is difficult to master. Just the correct way of holding the brush felt awkward. It was challenging and obviously will need more practice, but after a couple of hours of practice this is what we achieved.
I cannot remember what it meant, maybe a Chinese person out there can translate it for me…