Saturday, November 19, 2011

Artists Books


Here are some happy bookmakers at Island Arts Education Center on November 5th!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Speech to the Garden Club of America" by Wendell Berry - My version is "Fuel"


FUEL has won the Jaffe Collection's Purchase Prize! I'm proud, but I will miss having it around for my drawing students...it's made with Canson charcoal paper and Graphite pour paper, which all my graphite students make in my drawing letters class. It's a diamond burrito book in a hard cover; to see how this book is made, go to Youtube and search for "diamond burrito book".

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kids Making BOOKS!


They brought me back to Martin County again to conduct workshops in several libraries this summer...two in one day! In one branch I had 38 participants, including the moms and dads! Whew! But we ended up having a blast, and the two hour format meant we had time to write stories in our books (even tho some were "dictated" to a parent). And, of course, they were amusing, sweet and heartfelt.
Now I just need to find libraries that will have me give workshops that are closer to home! Because this is what I love to do...

Son Number One did graduate this year! I forced myself to do a formal italic for his announcment, which I worked on last year in the Sheila Water's workshop and invented a border in photoshop with a "snakes and sticks" motif, a reference to his history as a reptile lover and his drum playing...it took a while, but we are proud of his accomplishments!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Patricia's Piece



One of my students in Melbourne, Australia - Patricia Barth - sent me a piece she recently did using graphite. This is not her comfort zone (her profession is calligraphic family trees) but she, like many other australian calligraphers, tries to continue studying what she has learned after the travelling "tutor" goes home. This quote caught her eye due to a friend having some financial problems.
BTW, I welcome any student work inspired by my classes, I'd love to see what your are doing!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer School Downunder!

I was so privileged to teach in Melbourne, Australia this June/July for an exceptionally well-trained and dedicated group of calligraphers...apparently the craft of handlettering is alive and well in the Southern Hemisphere! To my students: any other pictures you may have are welcome...I never manage to take enough!
video

The Letterist: Letters of Steel


The final product of my winter sculpture class at Florida State University....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jazz Lines!





Composites of me "performing" gesture writing and character mark making at my current show at indigo alley during artwalk saturday...to my favorite music!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Art Exposé!


Another guts to final story...this is a box created for the show in North Carolina called Work for a Just Peace...and the Neuland in the little opening say: Take Peace, Just Peace...I build these boxes and frames out of basla wood...something I can work with without a lot of power tools!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Furiously working on some new pieces for my show at Indigo, opening next Saturday...decided to redo a couple boxes that either have never been purchased, or that I didn't really like that much...now I'm marrying my piece "Wear on the Outside What You Feel on the Inside" with "Take Peace" from the Pastiche 2 show and making an all purple piece!
Here is a cartoon strip of that process...it was harder than I thought it would be..turns out, I make very strong boxes! Watch for for the finished piece soon!

Here are my improvisations with Big Wet Kisses (downloadable as rubber stamps, or "brushes" from Brusheezy.com) I didn't receive any from anyone I e-mail a valentine to...so I guess I haven't uncovered the Photoshop Artists on my list! When I can teach Photoshop to artists, maybe I can garner some student work!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

BIG WET KISSES!


It's February! You know what that means! The Valentine Lady will strike again...this time with my Big West Kisses...for you photoshop geeks, they are available as downloadable brushes on Brusheezy...and for those calligraphers who are not using photoshop yet, you are missing a world of fun!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

PASTICHE 2!




The new show is going up as of this post! Opening Saturday at 5pm!
I hope you can come to 14 S. Seventh Street in Fernandina Beach
to take a look at collaged works, old and new...