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!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sailboat Design 2

You have seen in an earlier post the first rendition of this sailboat. When I do a piece, I save each step, either by photographing it or scanning it. Right now, I am not a real fan of my scanner. The one I owned previously was much better! But, hey, my husband picked this one out, so what can I say?

Anyway, the first rendition was on Layout Bond with colored pencils. But I love the way watercolors look, so I wanted to do this sailboat using watercolor paper and different color combinations. I must admit, I like this one better. 

And one of the perks....the Bride got two of them! She can use whichever one she wants.

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