Monday, October 19, 2009

Redwork Design

Just finished this redwork piece. I really enjoyed breaking out the red gouache for this design. I added a touch of chinese stick ink in with the gouache. It helped with the hairlines. Great fun today!

Monday Morning Flourish

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

More Pen Work from the Spencerian Saga

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.

The Spencerian Saga 2009

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.