I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

chickadee drip

Sometimes I just veer from posting calligraphy. I am doing a calligraphic piece right now, but since it is not yet finished, and since I took a 3-hr art class today, I thought I'd post what I did today. The last time I picked up acrylics, I was about 12. I was nervous yet hopeful. I had no memory of how acrylics worked or how they felt or how to mix the colors. But the teacher led us along, and I just started with one brush stroke and then another. I am happy with the results so far. I need to give my bird some feet and work on his feathers a bit as well as finish the branch on which he is perched. The other canvas beside it will also have a bird in it. Not sure what kind yet.
If you like this style, you can also take a class. Allen Montague teaches at Jerry's Artarama. The next one he will be teaching is on March 2.

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