Sunday, June 28, 2015
I have been coming back to lettering with a new spirit. My goal in my work of all kinds has become clear: to do work that is controlled only by the moment and the materials and in the process fills me with joy, release, and the power of life. I began this week working with lettering on a larger scale: rolls of paper, sumi ink, and brushes as wide as 2 inches. I've been wanting to do it for some time and was inspired to start by the booking of an exhibition in 2017 at the Clare Gallery in Hartford, CT where I will be working with quotations and
creating the work on the spot in the gallery.
Bringing this open attitude, which comes easily to me in the Spirit Books, is a challenge in calligraphy. I think it comes from the fact so much of my early learning from books required me to be highly critical of my letters so that they could improve and attempt to reach the standard of the models. Because I have such respect for the art of calligraphy and the masters in the field, I always want to, if not apologize for my work, at least qualify it, a "thank you but let me explain where it falls short..." if I receive a compliment. What I need to do now is to see the life in the letters and the joy in the expression, to own it as it is, without explanation or qualification.
Having said all of this, I can't stop from saying that these are early experiments complete with mispellings, left out and then tucked in words, and running out of space. I look forward to sharing more of the journey with you.
Monday, June 22, 2015
I have spent the past several days reorganizing and cleaning my studio. My goal is to have it more streamlined and suited to the work I am doing now and more easily neatened up for studio visits. I'll be posting views for Studio Sunday this summer and offering occasional giveaways. The first giveaway is a box of feathers I have collected over the years. Most were gathered on walks but there are a few that came in craft packets and some are from our long departed parakeet Gershwin. Leave a comment about your favorite found art material and your email (IMPORTANT! I will have no way to get in touch with you if you don't) to be entered. The entries for the random drawing will close on Wednesday, June 24 and the winner will be announced on Thursday.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Celebrating the longest day with roses, mock orange, and painted ferns. It’s raining without but it’s glowing within. Wishing you a summer season of warmth and light within as well as without.
This is my entry for a Mail Art project at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal organized by Day de Dada. If you would like to send something, you can find information on the Day de Dada website. The theme is "What do you wish for your community?" and the deadline is June 26. The exhibit will be in the SI Arts Culture Lounge at the terminal from July 16 to September 20. I used a Chinese brush and sumi ink for I wish, my Pentel brush pen for the rest of the lettering, and added rubbed pastels for color.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Gene Mahon|Makes Books is a wonderful short film. Gene Mahon speaks softly and eloquently about the power and beauty of books in their physical form as he shares his work. A beautiful way to spend 4 minutes and 2 seconds. Scroll down to find this on the Two Friends website.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
What a lovely surprise to find this Micro Library in the center of Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores. You can borrow a book (you enter the information into a log book) and you can donate books too. I wish I had had a book to contribute and that I could read Portuguese.
For more information, visit their facebook page.