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!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wacky Wonderful Woman

I have been ill for a solid week (won't go into the particulars...too graghic!). Too sick to even want to pick up a pen or a brush. Just sit on the couch and stare at whatever is on TV. And that's only when I felt like getting out of bed!

Anyway, enough about that. But when you love lettering and art and you have zippo desire to be creative, that's bad.

When I finally felt like doing something, I picked up this piece that I had started the week previous. A bunch of us gals got together and one of the girls shared things she had been doing. She had been experimenting with dropping color into her letters. Don't know if you can see the "Z" that's right next to the glass, but that is what I started with. Then came all of the layers.

As all of you know, when working with watercolors, there is a lot of waiting while the layers dry before you continue to add more layers. I would add something and then wait. As I waited, ideas came as to what the next layer would be. I did not stop until I was satisfied with the whole.

This piece has watercolors, brush markers, parallel pens, and masking fluid (see the white "O").

The Wacky Wonderful Woman glass is a gift from a friend, and what I used while ill!! It made me feel better!


  1. What a fun, creative piece. Color is always good for what might ail you.

  2. Absolutely love this piece. You should frame it!!! Or make a print!

  3. thanks, Martha! hope you have fun at the AOC this coming weekend!