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!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reggie Ezell - 26 Seeds

I signed up this year to take Reggie Ezell's yearlong calligraphy class entitled "26 Seeds." The image above shows my notes written for the first session. I wrote on the grid paper we were using in class. When I got home, I decided to transfer them all into a beautiful orange bound book with lines. 

This is going to be a journey I have been preparing for since my decision to be serious about lettering in 1997. To put it metaphorically, I have been walking slowly and steadily on a straight path, and now the journey will be uphill with some leaps and bounds.

I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.

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