Friday, November 30, 2012

Work from Mike Gold's Workshop – PART 2

More student work from the workshop.

Work from Mike Gold's Workshop

Mike Gold—lettering artist/teacher/American Greetings artist—came to Chicago on Nov. 17 & 18 to teach a two-day workshop on Contemporary Scripts for the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. It was an amazing time! His work is spectacular and he's also a great teacher. (Check out his website at He led us through some challenging exercises to get us to look at the letters as shapes, and to see everything we put on paper as a composition. Here's a look at some of Mike's work, as well as some of our class work.

This is a student piece. It's an exercise that Mike had us do on Day 1 to loosen up. We then went back in and filled in spaces with a wash or solid black.

Same exercise, but adding color. This piece was done by my friend Luce.

This is one of my pieces for the same exercise.

This is one of Mike's demos to show us how to start spacing the letters out in unusual ways.

This is Mike demonstrating 
how to write a quote 
in a pleasing composition.

On Day Two, we branched out with white on black, and adding color to the design. Here, Mike demonstrates white
on black, using pastels to
make the quote "pop."

One student's work, adding color with pastels.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Study Group Project

Today was my play date with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective study group. We meet once a month to share what we're working on and perhaps do a demo or small project. This month, Mary shared her jewelry-making skills by showing us these little books and earrings that can be made from calligraphic scraps that we all have laying around in our drawers. Here's a sampling of what we all came up with. VERY FUN STUFF!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sketching Day

I've been trying to sketch a bit more often, and while on a recent two-week vacation, I was able to get a few sketches done. I particularly like this one of my husband sleeping on the ferry ride from Victoria, BC to Anacortes, WA. It's a very close likeness of him, but there's something in the lips/nose area that just isn't quite him. Very frustrating! I worked on that area for close to an hour and just couldn't get it.

New Piece

This piece was done for the Chicago Calligraphy Collective's 2012 All Members' Show held through October at the Skokie Library in Skokie, Illinois. It's a John Clare quote: "The soul lies buried in the ink that writes." I took a Monica Dengo workshop this past summer and, afterwards, was trying one of the exercises I learned. This was the result.