Calligraphy is one of the “Three Perfections”, along with poetry and painting. I love studying and practising the different scripts. I am very grateful to my teachers for opening the door to this wonderful practice: Li Jia, Qu Leilei, Dr Li Xuzhuang, Wai-chong Kelleher and Paul Griffiths.
This painting shows the inkstone that belonged to my first painting teacher, Marie Sherville, with my poem in clerical script: ancient inkstone grinding ink, I dream I am still painting; green bronze reflecting the moon, I am awake and still thinking.
I particularly enjoy using calligraphy in collages.
Links to more on calligraphy.
Some tips on writing the date.
There is a fantastic phone app called Yunzhang, which gives multiple examples from famous calligraphers, including Wang Xizhi & Yan Zhenqing. I use it with dictionary Pleco to check the exact forms of calligraphy.