Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Piece for Marie

This is the piece I did for the trade with Marie. (See next post.)

Marie requested this Irish blessing quote, which I thought would go well with the brush lettering and vibrant colors that I've been using lately. I used a rainbow palette because light is made up of these colors.

This piece was done using sumi ink with a pointed brush and Dr. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors on Arches Text Wove.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Someone You Should Meet

I can't believe it's almost been one year since I started this blog. Since that time, I have had the incredible opportunity to "meet" so many wonderfully talented people through the marvelous invention of the internet. How great is it that we get to chat and share creative ideas with people all over the world?!!!

One such person is my new friend, Marie Johansen. She is a very talented quilting artist who lives near Seattle (one of my most favorite places on earth!) Check out her beautiful work at

She and I decided to do a trade a while back. One of her pieces for one of mine. Well, I received this purse in the mail just before Christmas. Isn't it just gorgeous?! I love Marie's sense of color.

And here's another of her pieces from what she calls her "girl" series. This particular one is mine. I bought a bunch of these "postcards" for Christmas gifts and everyone I gave them to absolutely loved them! Please do check out her blog. You won't be sorry. :-)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Psalm 19:1 - The Heavens Declare...

This is a favorite verse of mine and one I've always wanted to "illustrate" with words. After trying this white on black technique in Carl Rohrs' workshop last fall, I thought it would be appropriate for this piece. I also love adding color in between words and letters, and playing with the negative and positive spaces. These colors remind me of the aurora borealis.

The piece was done with Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White, pointed brush, Prismacolors pencils, and Canson Mi-Teintes black charcoal paper.

This verse reminds me that God has written love letters to us in the sky, as well as throughout all of creation. :-)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Calligraphic Homage

This week was spent in my studio (FINALLY!) making art. Well, and also trying to train a new puppy. :-) Let's just say that the art was way more fulfilling!!!

This first piece is called "A Calligraphic Homage". I was thinking this week about how many people have influenced my work and thought it might be a nice idea to do a piece in honor of them. The people you see represented here in letter form are either those with whom I've had the privilege to study, or those whose work I've admired from afar. My hope is that I've come close to each person's "style" while still retaining my own.

There is also a nod to my first experience with cursive writing in Mrs. Marthell's third grade class. I remember her because she encouraged me in my writing and lettering and often would give me the job of making posters for the class. :-)

It took a while to think about the people I wanted to represent; then to research their various lettering styles. Then I had to practice the styles I was interested in using, since not all of them come naturally to me. Once I felt comfortable with the letterforms I wanted to use, I then had to decide how to lay them all out on the page. That probably took the most time. When I finally came up with a rough layout, I scanned it into the computer, moved things around a bit, then printed out a full-size version. I used transfer paper to get the image lightly down on the page. I just made skeletal forms of the letters, then used the appropriate pens or brushes to actually letter right on the page. The piece was done with walnut ink and gold leaf. The paper is Bugra Archive.

I think the hardest part was writing the names in such small lettering. I can see I still need work on my small writing!