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Thursday, November 27, 2014


Writing thankful as my Thanksgiving message seems like such a facebook era thing to do. Before I never would have thought of expressing the holiday by an adjective describing how I feel but here it is. I am thankful to live in a place where I can see this on my walks.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving where you are. As Gertrude Stein wrote:

Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blog Giveaway Update

Thanks to all those who have commented on the Neruda quote. Here's an adaptation to the way the giveaway works. You can either put your email in the comment or you can comment without it and then send me a message at susan at I do need to have a simple way to get in touch. Giveaway ends tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blog Giveaway-Pablo Neruda Quote

After last weekend's Eudora Welty postcard, I was inspired make more postcard sized art with quotes. We were given 300 lb. Fabriano artistico soft press from the Newburyport Art Association for their postcard project. All I could find easily available in 300 lb. was Arches hot and cold press. I started out not liking either as well. The soft press has more texture than hot press but not as much as cold. As I worked again with a ruling pen and Higgins eternal ink, I came to rather like the cold press and the rougher letters that emerged.

For Thanksgiving, I am offering the Pablo Neruda quote as a blog giveaway. Please leave a comment by Wednesday at midnight to be in the drawing. REMEMBER: If you do not leave an email address so I can contact you, you will not be entered in the drawing even if you leave a comment.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Studio Sunday-More Inspiration from Mike Gold

Mike Gold's Contemporary Scripts workshop for Masscribes was full of inspiration. I went with some trepidation as I hadn't taken a calligraphy workshop since 1988 and rarely work on calligraphy for more than a few hours at a time. There was nothing to be concerned about. I'm not sure why I had a picture of myself glued to a table and not moving from 9 AM to 5 PM. There was lots of instruction and demonstration and we worked in concentrated bits of about an hour at a time. Mike was a fabulous teacher. He was teaching attitude and approach more than technique. He said, "Don't just make letters. Make art." He was generous, thoughtful, and kind. I had such a good time!

And the good times continue back home in the studio. I spent a couple of hours yesterday playing with a ruling pen and ink with pastel highlights to make this piece for the postcard show at the Newburyport Art Association. I picked up my 5" x 7" piece of heavy watercolor paper a few weeks ago at the NAA and will be delivering it today. All of the postcards will be on display starting November 28. Each sells for $30. and the artist will only be revealed after purchase.

The postcard was inspired by an exercise Mike gave us using black paper with white gouache (my tablemate Sharon Eisman was so kind to share her supplies, I came with only black and brown) and pastel highlights. Our instruction was to use Roman letters and play with their arrangement, angle, etc. Here's Mike demonstrating:

And here are the pieces I did at the workshop:

I look forward to working more with material from the workshop and sharing it with you.

Friday, November 21, 2014

ibookbinding Correction

Sorry about forgetting to add the link to this past Book Arts Tuesday post on ibookbinding. Here it is:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Arts Tuesday-ibookbinding

Here's a great resource for bookmaking information from Paul Thomson—paper marbling, glues, various binding styles, and much more. There are tutorials and videos, book lists and galleries. New information is added frequently. Have fun exploring

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Studio Sunday-Ink Bottle Holder

I learned so much at Mike Gold's wonderful Contemporary Scripts workshop last weekend for Masscribes. It's going to take time to work through all I learned. I did immediately adopt one practice of his—making a holder for my bottle of Higgins eternal ink with a tin and pieces of sponge. No more spills. I look forward to sharing more from Mike's workshop in coming posts.

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