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, February 14, 2014

Starting the Color Wheel

I will be posting a lot of pics of what I am and will be doing in the year-long calligraphy course I am taking called "26 Seeds" and taught by Reggie Ezell.

One of our assignments was to make a color wheel. I won't go into all of the details on how to actually do this, but needless to say, it was a learning experience. At this stage I am halfway through. This took me 3 hours! 

Reggie had designed a Color Wheel Flower for us to paint our colors into, but I wanted to do something different. Why??!! Well, I guess because I want to be a bit different? I want to make it even harder than it is? I'm insane?

I have given myself permission NOT to be perfect with any of the assignments we will be given. This will enable me to avoid the mental ward. We're supposed to be artistic, right? So, art is freeing, or at least that's how I see it.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this pic and the ones to come.

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