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What qualities are important when choosing an Asian calligraphy brush?

Elizabeth Schowachert

What qualities are important when choosing an Asian calligraphy brush?

Like most artists, I place a lot of value on the quality of tools and materials I use in my art practice. That is why I have such deep appreciation for the handmade brushes that I aquire in Taiwan. They are all beautifully made, using only natural, high quality materials. You can see and feel the difference, between a truly high quality brush and the cheaper alternatives. I thought it might be helpful to share the important features to consider when evaluating an Asian calligraphy brush.  A good Asian calligraphy brush should have four qualities:SHARPNESS — The brush should have a fine...

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My Most Recent Taipei Adventures

Elizabeth Schowachert

My Most Recent Taipei Adventures

Everytime I travel to Taiwan I feel like I make a new and exciting discovery. Whether it is a delicious bowl of beef noodle soup, ( 牛肉面, Niúròu miàn) or a store that specializes in nothing but handmade calligraphy brushes, each trip brings something different and deepens my appreciation for Taiwan's people, culture and cities. My love of beautiful handmade/natural treasures and the fact that I am a practicing artist make handmade calligraphy brushes especially appealing. This trip, I found a small store tucked away in an unlikely place, between shops selling car parts and piping, that sells nothing but Sumi Ink, Ink Stones and Handmade Calligraphy Brushes.  All of...

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A New Year Begins...

Elizabeth Schowachert

A New Year Begins...

Happiness and Freedom "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" is commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School. It translates to "May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." It is a powerful chant that focuses on living a life as a servant to the greater good. It encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony, not only among other humans but with nature as well. As someone who believes in protecting this earth of ours, and feels a deep...

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Finding Peace Through The Creative Process

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Finding Peace Through The Creative Process

How do you meditate? Are you able to find a quiet space and release yourself to a place that takes you away, clears your mind and in general creates true inner peace? For me, painting is how I meditate, I find that I can best center myself, and relax, when I work. I find peace and a certain tranquility that I cannot find elsewhere. I feel very lucky to have this outlet, this way to find my center. My work has been and continues to be centered around  organic images that are connected in some way to nature. I think that is...

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Temples in Taipei

Elizabeth Schowachert

Temples in Taipei

I am lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Taiwan (Taipei in particular) often. While I am there, I always try to spend time visiting the temples, markets and other places in this wonderful and culturally rich country. I will share some of my experiences with you here: great places to eat, visit and see, if ever in Taipei. I had the good fortune to visit Baoan Temple on my last trip to Taipei. It is a beautiful temple, with a rich history, exquisite architecture, art and grounds. While I was there, I was able to acquire a small number of Joss paper...

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