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!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


This is the piece I have been working on for about two weeks in between other pieces. I had the concept in my mind and the colors chosen, but you never can tell if it will work until it is all out on paper. I am very happy with this. It is my first stab at actually doing Roman Caps, and doing them with a brush, not a pen.
The Triangle Calligraphers' Guild is having their annual brunch this weekend. The members were asked to do a piece using the Ampersand within two words...like Hot & Cold, Short & Sweet...you get the picture. I chose Peace & Quiet. I will post the one with "& Quiet" added to it so that you can see both.
Whatever the members bring to the brunch will be made into bookmarks. I already made mine with my computer since it was easy for me. I'll let you see that as well.

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