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!

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Process: Step One

I have started The Process. Let me explain.

When I am given a design project to do, there is a process to it. One just does not sit at the drawing board and come up with the finished piece in one stroke, close the book as it were, and say Ta Da!

There are many steps to the process, and each step takes a lot of thought, a lot of drawing and redrawing, and a lot of time. And then you are back at a lot of thinking all over again.

So, here is Step One to this particular commission. You will have to be content with this one step for quite a while...till after May 12th! But, when the end result is handed over to the recipients, you will get the full story!

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