I tend to be most productive when there is an event or goal on the horizon. This piece, along with about 50 works by members (ranging from students to masters) of the Society for Calligraphy, is currently on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. “East Meets West: an Expression of Culture” runs from today to Sunday, February 4th, and compliments the current exhibit on the Empress Dowager Cixi at Bowers.
This piece was inspired by one of the empress dowager’s many paintings and cites one of her quotes, which I feel really sums up her influence on China and also the world. She was a formidable and controversial figure. I learned so much from reading “Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China,” by author Jung Chang. Thanks to everyone, especially Jenny Allen who worked so hard to make this exhibit happen!
Watercolor, gouache, and walnut ink on 90 lb Arches hot press, 12″x 16″.
Finally got some time to finish up and trim my violet piece, which will be available as part of the Art Mosaic auction at Letters California Style 2018 (Feb. 16-19) in less than three weeks! The proceeds will go to Society for Calligraphy. I had so much fun working on this piece and I hope it will go to a good home.
This was a really fun project – the theme of the Art Mosaic auction this year is “Flora, Fauna, and Letters,” and while I was doing research, I came across the fact that February’s birth flower is the violet. I figured it would be perfect for Letters California Style which will be in mid-February.
Materials used: Watercolor, gouache, and walnut ink on 140 lb Arches hot press, using sz 0 brush, pointed pen and .75mm broadedge nib. Size: 8″x 8″.
I’ve been keeping this one under wraps, but now I can show the whole piece!
It was truly an honor to be invited by Old School New School’s Copperplate Collective to participate in their Someday Is Now exhibition inspired by Corita Kent. It will be at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Australia from Nov 6-8. I wish I could attend in person, it will no doubt be wonderful. Thanks again Veronica and Madeline!
As 2014 comes to a close, so does my year of daily lettering. Thank you friends for following along and for your support! This year has sure gone by quickly.
Looking back at all 365 entries, here are some of my favorites – I had such a tough time choosing which ones to feature because they all mean something to me. I feel like 2014 was my best year yet, calligraphy- and lettering- wise. I was inspired by so many artists, calligraphers and letterers online that I just had to try a little of everything!
It’s no surprise that one of my current favorite TV shows is HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’m a big fan of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, so when Game of Thrones came on TV and everyone I know was in love with it, I had a feeling I would be, too. It’s truly a show where there is “something for everyone!”
Tomorrow night is the premiere of season four, and in anticipation, I decided to do a fun little project within my 365 days of Calligraphy project – A “project within a project” if you will – a ten-day countdown to the season premiere. A Game of Thones a quote a day for ten days.
Here are the first nine:
10. “Valar Morgulis” (All men must die)
9. “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” -Ygritte
8. “Hodor” -Hodor
7. “The night is dark and full of terrors” -Melisandre the Red Priestess
6. “I will do what queens do; I will rule.” -Daenarys Targaryen
5. “I am the sword in the darkness, I am the watcher on the walls.” -Vows of the Night’s Watch
4. “Hear me roar,” words of the House Lannister
3. “Ours is the fury,” words of the House Baratheon
2. “The man who passes the sentence shall swing the sword.” -Eddard Stark
And here is the last one, as we start the new season. I’m sharing it here first before anywhere else!
I was listening to The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds tonight and was inspired by the song “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” Such a wonderful, fitting song. I think quite a few calligraphers like myself must feel the same, wishing we can get into a time machine and travel back to the Golden Age of Penmanship!
I haven’t really done much watercolor before this – I think the last time I did was in high school, and I wasn’t very good. Years later, after using a brush to write letterforms, I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable painting with it. Now I can say it’s fun rather than frustrating. Why oh why am I always a late bloomer? ;)
I guess I just wasn’t made for these times.
I am so excited to have committed myself to the “2014 Year of Letting,” inspired by Kelly Cummings’ 2013 Year of Lettering on Tumblr. I followed her on Instagram all last year and looked forward to her lettering posts daily. With the start of 2014, I thought to myself: since I already do lettering nearly every day, it would probably be fun to start my own 2014 Year of Lettering!
And so here we are. Day twelve and still going. I’ve tried a few “photo-a-day” projects in the past but never seemed to continue for more than a week, so I’m pretty happy with having done twelve days so far. Subject of each lettering is completely random, depending on what I’m watching on TV, what I’m reading online, what I’m listening to on Pandora on my drive to/from work.
If you’d like to see my progress, feel free to pop over to my Facebook album. I really hope this will continue for a full year!
I think most people would agree with me, but I absolutely love calendars. I always make sure I have a beautiful one ready for the new year. This year, I decided to make one of my own!
When I started my winter vacation last week, I sat down and wrote out all the months of the year in a fun modern calligraphy style.
My very kind and generous in-laws got me the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet from my wish list this year, so I played around with it and drew a little wreath. I absolutely love it! The last time I really used one was back in the late 90’s when I worked at a dotcom startup. I just made a circular guideline with the marquee and drew the rest with the brush tool, all done in Photoshop. The Wacom pen tool has come a long way! The pressure sensitivity is fantastic.
A little bit of scanning, then some more Photoshop, then Illustrator and InDesign completed the calendar layout.
Voila! The calendar (in both vertical and horizontal formats) is now available in my Etsy shop as instant digital downloads. All you need is a PDF Reader, a good color printer, and good quality cover stock in Letter size (8.5″ x 11″) and you’re good to go.
Here is my very own calligraphy calendar, ready for the new year. Wishing you all a very Happy 2014! Let’s make it a great one!