Monday, April 27, 2009

Original Art For Sale

I've decided to make some of my originals for sale. I just posted my "Holiness" piece on my Etsy site. The "O Come Let Us Adore Him" will also be for sale, although it's not up on Etsy yet. If you're interested, please drop me a line, or go to my Etsy site.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Art Festival Demo

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a Youth Art Festival in Wheaton, IL. I was asked to do calligraphy demos throughout the day. I had so much fun playing with my unusual tools that quite a few audience members actually joined in and started making some really cool marks. Unfortunately, I don't have pics of their samples. But I'm going to share some photos of the samples I did.

The best part of the day was when some of the teenagers, as well as one particularly precocious 5-year-old girl, started writing with the messy tools. It was so much fun for me to stand back and watch them make beautiful marks!

Bleach Samples

Bleach was definitely the medium of choice for my audience. The one on the left is on brown construction paper; the one on the right is on Arches Black Cover.

Demo Sample

This was done with a type of round-pointed ruling pen and sumi ink on a Japanese sketch paper.

More Bleach Samples

Bleach on colored construction paper was the hit media at the art fest. I demo'd different letter styles, using different tools dipped in bleach for some wild effects. The first "C" on the upper left is close to the original look. The next three were enhanced in Photoshop when I came home.

Preparing for the Demo at Art Fest

These are just a few samples that I did to practice using different hands and tools in preparation for my demo at the Fest. The top one was done with a Zig Calligraphy Marker, and the other two were done with a Pilot Parallel Pen.

Commission Final

Here's the final of that commission piece that I showed in an earlier post. I counted 72 versions, most on the actual paper.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Art Festival Connections

I just had the wonderful opportunity of participating in the Youth Art Festival in Wheaton, IL. This year the festival featured two professional artists from Greenville, SC. They are the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Annie Koelle and I love their work. Check out their websites and blog (see my blog list) when you have time. And click on the "apparel" link at the left on Annie's home page for some really cool t-shirts! Also, check out this link to see a project that Chris worked on for PBS. It's really amazing!

Spectacular Nature Photography!

Here's another one of the professional artists who was at the Fest. His name is David Dix and he does spectacular nature photography. For those of you who know me, you know that one of my favorite ways to worship the Lord is by pondering what He has done in creation. I love David's work because of the way he "sees". Check out his website at:

The Final Images from the 8th Graders!

This first image was done on light pink paper with bleach. I increased the contrast in Photoshop and came up with this effect.

The 2nd image is the original scan and the 3rd image was done by applying the "solarize" filter in Photoshop. Pretty cool, huh?!!!

I want to say a huge "Thank You!" to the 8th grade art class at Highland Christian School for these absolutely amazing images! You guys were such enthusiastic learners and I enjoyed exploring the world of calligraphy with you. I hope you enjoy seeing your work on this blog!

And, last but not least, a huge, huge "Thank You!" to their generous and creative teacher, Mrs. Evers, for allowing me the opportunity to share my love of letters with the class!

More 8th Grade Work

Friday, April 17, 2009

8th Graders

8th Graders

For some strange reason this image keeps coming up as a vertical, instead of the horizontal that it's supposed to be. Weird glitch!

But I wanted to highlight this one because of the way-cool effects. The original is done with bleach on a moss green paper. The bleach looks pretty much like the yellow color you see here. But I moved the contrast very high and came up with this fiery, neon sort of look. Great marks, aren't they?!!!!

8th Graders

8th Graders

8th Graders