Zen Brush is a form of Japanese calligraphy (Shodo). But more than just a painting technique, Zen Brush offers a deep study of how to use the breath and center as a basis for the brush movement. Because there is this conscious focus Zen brush practice is meditative in nature and very relaxing.
The Founder of Aikido - Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei (who was declared by Japan a sacred national treasure) - was a calligrapher of dynamic proportions. He was able to produce tremendous power in his brushstrokes while revealing a gentle dynamism.
Susan Perry has practiced Zen Brush for nearly 40 years and holds rank in Shodo through a Japanese organization. She displays her work through the Pomona Valley Artists Association's Soho Gallery and participates in local annual exhibits.
See Suzan's Zen Brush site at http://www.brightmoon.studio
A photograph of a sword and brush both resting on a sword stand.
How to prepare a new starched brush for practice.
How to clean your brush and suzuri stone.