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!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Artist Journaling

I really want to be a journaler! But I need to find my niche in this arena because I really do not want to do all that prep work on individual pages of each journal entry with acrylics/collage/fabrics, etc. before even one word is put down! I just want to sketch quickly and letter.

I pulled out a sketch book that I have had for quite a while. It is a small 5x7 spiral sketchbook made by Reflexions. It would not be good for wet media. I found that out! And since I really enjoy watercolors, I am stuck using colored pencils in this journal. Not my first choice.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this. I hope you will!


  1. Well, Kerr, I loved looking at you day this way. So much life on the page!

  2. Hey, Kerr! It's great to meet you! Thanks for connecting on LinkedIn.

    I really enjoyed viewing your photographs in your Flicker account. My favorite (as a fellow North Carolinian) is the photo of the Biltmore Estate. My next favorite is the horse-drawn carriage in the snow.

    Keep up the good work, and thanks again for connecting!

  3. Mary, thank you so much! Yes, some days are like that...packed.
    And Lauren, that is one of my favorite pics, too. Everything had to work just right for that image to do what it was supposed to do.