Have been busy filling my SBP Sketchbook for Brooklyn Art Library in New York (see earlier Blogs). I have drawn the Yang 88 Style of Taijiquan as it was being performed in front of me. No time for details, just focusing on grasping the essence and the energy flow of the form. I have been studying Tai Ji for 25 years now so this is a celebration of my quarter century. I do however still consider myself to be a beginner. It is supposed to take several lifetimes to master the art of Tai Ji.
One of my three new paintings that I am submitting to the Queens Hall Gallery in Narberth for their Winter Open Exhibition. This painting entitled “Yang 88 Style” is one of a series I have been working on that brings together my painting and my daily practice of Tai Chi.
Exhibition opens on 27th October and runs until 20th December. www.orielqueenshallgallery.org.uk
As part of my art project at Rhosygilwen, Glenn Ibbitson and I collaborated on painting and filming Yang style Tai Chi. The short film “Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain” is the culmination of that days shooting. For further details do get in touch.
Tai Chi, Sean Dowdall. http://www.dragontherapies.co.uk/
Filmwork and photographs above, Glenn Ibbitson. http://www.smokingbrushfineart.com/
Eighteen participants enjoyed the practical workshop led by Sean Dowdall at Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire on Sunday 7th September. The beautiful sunny weather meant we were able to work outside whilst moving, returning indoors for the sitting and stillness. Sean used simple methods founded in the traditions of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to help people root and centre themselves. These methods to find inner peace and calm through quietness and mindfulness have been practised over thousands of years.
Great to see the current issue of Pembrokeshire Life magazine which has got a feature written by Jenny White (Swansea based writer and critic) describing my exhibition and a series of workshops at Rhosygilwen throughout September. Start of a new body of work encompassing video, painting on scrolls and sculpture concerning my long term study and interest in Tai Chi.
Details below of a workshop I have invited Sean Dowdall to run at Rhosygilwen during my time exhibiting there in September. This will be a practical workshop looking at some of the simple methods we can use to root and centre ourselves; to find that inner peace and calm through quietness and mindfulness using methods that are founded in the traditions of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Venue: The Orangery, Rhosygilwen SA43 2TW
Essential to book – please contact me
Forty nine artists throughout Ceredigion, including myself, are opening our studios from 16th to 31st August 2014. In addition there are eight showcase Taster Exhibitions and the main Trail Hub Exhibition at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth which are open throughout August. Full details on www.ceredigionarttrail.org.uk Gas Gallery details are on www.celfceredigionart.org