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Calligraphy evaporating in crispy autumn air...



๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ณ...

An elderly man on a small square next to our residence building earlier this week practicing ๅœฐๆ›ธ dรฌ shลซ (literally โ€œa book from the groundโ€), in English usually called ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†.


Water calligraphy took off in the 1980โ€™s when mostly elderly started calligraphy with water and large brushes on stone squares or paths in Beijingโ€™s neigborhoods and parks. Gradually this practice spread to all over China, adding to the already rich and diverse park and neighborhood cultures.








There are water calligraphy clubs in a few places and even a magazine about water calligraphy. Water calligrapher Huang Songbai wrote a poem in the Taoran water calligraphy newspaper (Taorandishubao ้™ถ็„ถ ๅœฐไนฆๆŠฅ , January 2017) :


๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด โ€“ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ต

๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ด

๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ








Read more about water calligraphy in below links :


Evaporating Ennui - Water Calligraphy in Beijing


Water Calligraphy: The Ephemeral Everyday



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