Monday, September 20, 2010

A little progress at a time

Last Friday's homework was tedious but in the end it yielded rewarding results. The first three characters in the extreme left-hand column is word 'jian(4)' which means 'see' or 'catch sight of'. My teacher was especially happy with the third character and indicated this with a tiny circle next to it.

The character below that of 'jian(4)' is 'wu(3)' which means military. Wushu is martial arts.

The character that occupied the entire second column is qian(2) or 'money'. The teacher said that I wrote it pretty well.

Practice is time-consuming. However, every stroke is a tiny step towards mastery even though mastery may be years away.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Practice

Today for the first time I spent more than an hour practising my chinese calligraphy. I started out telling myself that it is time that I devote more effort to polishing the basic skills I had learned but not yet mastered. After 4 hours of practice I got to enjoy writing with the brush and must say that calligraphy is a very relaxing form of art and even if it takes years to master I will keep on at it.