Sunday, December 10, 2017

Studio Sunday-Greens and Words


Holiday preparations get a folding table in the studio overseen by the Words For Our Time posters.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Studio Sunday for Masscribes Talk

I'll be speaking about my work at this coming Saturday's Masscribes Holiday Gathering in Norwood, MA. This quote from T. S. Eliot's poem Little Gidding will be the opening slide. I did the calligraphy with the folded pen I made in Carol DuBosch's wonderful Folded Pen Adventures workshop at Masscribes.

I'll be talking about how and why I fell in love with calligraphy almost forty years ago, how and why I fell out of love about ten years later, and how I have come back again with a new and joyful spirit. As with my work, I like to have my talks evolve organically. I never write anything down. I build the presentation by talking to myself and pairing the talking with images. I may also try to put these thoughts into an essay but that is a separate process. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Studio Sunday-Yellow Holly


A friend gave me some yellow holly yesterday. It replaces the bright orange berries of bittersweet in my old ink bottle. It's perfect for this transitional time. Thanksgiving, the last of autumn, is past, but I'm not ready for Christmas decorating. The holly leaf speaks of the days to come and the berries remind me of the days left behind.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Studio Sunday-Sneak Peek at Solstice Card


One of the squares for this year's card, a tribute to my recently departed mother-in-law who taught me to love Latin plant names.

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.
 
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