Calligraphy History

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Nichiren as Calligrapher, The Lotus Sutra, Siddham, and Moji-Mandala.

Japanese mandalas are typically graphic visualizations of scenes described in a particular Sūtra. The most known examples are probably the Kongōkai (Diamond) and Taizōkai (Womb) mandalas introduced in Japan by the monk Kūkai (空海 774~835) in the Heian period. The calligraphic mandala, known as Moji-Mandala, conceived by the monk Nichiren (日蓮 1222~1282), equally describes a […]

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Can you solve this Calligraphy?

One of our reads asked for help in reading their scroll. The scroll is written on wood, measuring is 200L x 38.5cm. We have asked a few Calligraphy people in Japan, but still awaiting their answers. In the meantime, permission has been given for us to ask for the community in helping to solve this […]

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Gallery Sarah hosts ‘ Calligraphy – The Art of the Letter ‘ Exhibition.

Gallery Sarah in part of the bait Al Zubair Museum and it’s the first art gallery of its kind in Oman. From now until the end of August its hosting an exhibition by a group of calligraphers titled ‘Calligraphy – The Art of the Letter’. The exhibition brings together an eclectic mix of talented Arabic […]

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Your Calligraphy is Weak!!!

I remember when I first started to visit Calligraphy exhibitions with a friend, he would always comment on every piece of calligraphy that we looked at together. Unless there was a ribbon which meant that it had won an award from the organization or it was done by a teacher, he would say, “The calligraphy […]

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When You Discount Your Art, Are You Only Losing Money?

My first solo exhibition was held in a large open architected space. It was easy to see my paintings at a distance and up close, the venue was excellent. I was graduating from Antioch College, the year was 1964. I hung the work, a range of large and somewhat smaller paintings and made a price […]

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How Lucid Dreaming isn’t as Bad as You Think

“Lucid Dreaming” is an act of rebellion. The dreamer gains control over his actions and thoughts. The subconscious becomes conscious, dreams become a memory. The Lucid Dreamer is like a magician, imposing willpower and constantly struggling with himself, to master his skills and gain full control of the dream, thus becoming the ruler of the […]