Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This past week I taught a workshop in Spencerian Script. I had assigned each student the specific homework of writing and posting a letter to someone by Sunday. I feel that the written word is such a powerful way of sharing thoughts and feelings. I have received so many encouraging letters over the years from penmanship friends and I have kept all of them in numerous scrapbooks. This week, I received a beautiful box of G. Lalo stationery from a dear friend and have already begun putting the lovely cards to good use. This little flourish is for a special friend who is going through a difficult time right now. I encourage anyone who holds the pen dear, to write to someone special this week. It will make their day.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Trying to clear my desk this morning of work so I can work on my upcoming workshops. I will be teaching Spencerian Script at the Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster, November 1st and November 15th, Pointed Pen Artistry at the Odyssey Calligraphy Conference in Boston, July 2010 and The Artful Flourish , August 2010 in Orlando. This flourish is part of an order going to New Jersey. I have enjoyed doing these name flourishes this week. This little black piece was my favourite of the bunch.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I didn't spend too much time flourishing so I don't have many to share with you. I did manage to write 76 pages of penmanship! This year, more than any other time at the Spencerian Saga I was able to sit and practice for hours on end. The name and flourish at the top of this post was executed by Michael. It is a real treasure to me.
Last week I had the opportunity for the fourth time to spend a week with Master Penman Michael Sull at the beautiful Lakehouse Inn in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Studying with Michael has been a turning point in my life. He has instilled a love of ornamental penmanship, especially 19th Century American Penmanship. He teaches with passion and loves to tell stories of the Golden Age of American Penmanship. This year, he has been teaching Spencerian Penmanship for more years that Platt Rogers Spencer himself. We spent a wonderful week there. I am posting a few images of some flourishes I did on Friday. Most of the week was spent practicing lettering, signature writing, capitals, cross drills and the capital stem. I was overwhelmed at the end of the Saga when Michael presented me with The Spencerian Heritage Award. I suspect I will spend the rest of my life trying to live up to to words he inscribed on the award.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For some reason, this little quote is one of my most requested items. I finished this flourish this morning. Starting to think about packing up for the Spencerian Saga in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Can't wait to spend a week of dedicated pen time and I am already dreaming about Gingerbread pancakes!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Finally finished this year long project. Each of these little pages are 4x4 1/2 inches and will be put into little presentation books. It is a collaborative project with each participant choosing a month of the year and embellish a suitable word or quote for that month. I chose December. Each page is done with best bottle ink on diploma parchment. The flourishing is Bickham style, expanding on techniques from the Masterpiece Flourishing Workshop. These were a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing the final result.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Finally caught up on all my correspondence this morning and was inspired to do a little oak leaf flourish. It is warming up nicely this afternoon but sure felt like autumn this morning. Off for a little stroll to the post office. I will see if any leaves have started turning yet.
Monday, August 31, 2009
I worked on this little miniature this morning. It is from a Renaissance Italian manuscript. If you look in the margins of the illuminated manuscripts you often find little cherubs climbing the vines. The size of this miniature illumination is 3"x3.3".
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Getting some flourishes ready for the Odyssey 2010 calligraphy conference. If the class fills I will be teaching contemporary offhand flourishing techniques. This is a sneak peek at one of the designs for my notes.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Always sad to finish a week of instruction and come home to the daunting task of unpacking. After 30 hours of painting time this week, I was hoping to have more to show. I have two miniatures I would like to complete before morning and then back into my regular routine of pointed pen work. It was a great little diversion this week. I love the world of colour but the brush seems less responsive to me than the pointed pen. I hope to be able to keep practicing these illumination techniques before our next class date in October.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today we worked on high realism illumination techniques. The images are painted on top of gold gouache rather than having gold leaf applied to the background. Shadow effects are added with burnt sienna and burnt umber. Loved today's techniques. Not sure this viola or little butterfly are actually realistic, but the painting techniques were fun!
Monday, August 17, 2009
This week I will be studying illumination techniques with Debbie Thompson Wilson. Today we worked on Romanesque illumination. This style uses a limited, bright palette. We did some painting experiments to get the gradation effects of the bright colours and then worked on this small dragon eating a cluster of fruit. Looking forward to tomorrow!