Sunday, November 12, 2017

Video: Spirit Book #93: Winding Sanctuary


I'm getting ready for a solo exhibition of the Spirit Books at the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA in January. For their safety and longevity, I can't let people touch them when they are being shown. It's a frustration for me, and for viewers, that they can't be experienced fully. I doubt I'll get it together before this show, but at some point I would love to be able to have a video to accompany the Spirit Books on display. I did this quick experiment in the studio with my iphone. The music playing tin the background is from Breath of Prayers II by E. J. Mills Brennan. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Anne Truitt Quote


Here's a midweek post as I missed Studio Sunday. This is an adaptation of a quote from Daybook by Ann Truitt. An old post about her series of published journals contains the complete passage.

The lettering was done with a brush and the artgraf graphite block I've used for the last couple of posts.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Samhain 2017

May we gather in the light
as the days darken
and draw strength
from the turning of the
wheel of the year.
 

Lettering was done with Winsor & Newton Sceptre brush and artgraf graphite block and water.
Leaves are Clethra, also know as sweet pepperbush or summersweet.
 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Studio Sunday-Graphite and Letters


On a recent trip to Artist & Craftsman in Saugus, MA, I bought this block of graphite from Portugal. I didn't have to to experiment, but had to try it out. I wet the graphite and wrote this quickly with a brush. I look forward to playing with darks and lights with both brush and pen. I am storing the block in an old slide box with cut pieces of sponge underneath.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Studio Sunday-Writing


I spent some time last week writing about my relationship with calligraphy. I usually write in the composition books with the black and white marble covers as I find them the least intimidating. Sometimes the words just stay there but often I like to share them. Sometimes I publish them on my blog. When I am feeling more ambitious, I look for other outlets. Bound & Lettered has been particularly welcoming. 

I'm considering developing some workshops on writing for artists. I have two ideas. One is personal writing for a deeper understanding of your work. I have, if not solved, at least come to understand some of the emotional issues involved in making my art and the things that I feel are holding me back. My series of 65th Year blog posts are an example, as is my Art Lessons book. The second is writing authentic artist's statements that clearly express the way and how of your work.

If you might be interested, please let me know. I would try out my ideas in small groups locally and think about expanding to online if it all works out.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

George Eliot on Autumn


George Eliot reflects on autumn:

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

from The Writings of George Eliot, vol. 23 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1908)

Lettering done with Speedball C-5 nib and J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



The bittersweet berries have opened. They are, by the way, extremely invasive. I dispose of them in tied plastic trash bags with household waste rather than with garden waste. The pretty sight of the orange berries (Celastrus orbiculatus) along the roadside is actually a view of an invasive species engaged in the slow strangulation of the trees they climb and encircle.
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