Images of Anne painting by Todor Tragmar

Shodo practice

Forest on unbleached Kozo paper

Thank you Shozo Sato

Materials and Process


In an effort to refresh and develop my creative practice I have been learning about Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy - or the path to enlightenment through the brush.  A new and unfamiliar territory for me, it has been as exciting as travelling, everything has been learnt for the first time and I have rediscovered the wonder and joy of brush painting.  I paint each brushstroke with awareness and absorbtion.


 All of the pieces are painted using handmade brushes and very dilute acrylic paint.  I use handmade Japanese paper when possible as each piece of paper retains the character of the maker.  The larger tree banners are painted on unbleached Kozo which has been made using machine processes.  I paint on the ground in Kew Gardens or if I have managed to grow suitable plants I paint on my studio floor.  I stretch and iron the paper once the painting is complete and apply bookbinder's paste to a simple wooden batten for easy hanging that allows the full sheet of paper to be seen.

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', Kew Gardens and Hansarashi Kozo

Light through the paper, originally used for making Shoji screens

Collection of brushes