Having been to a great workshop with Susan Moor at the weekend, my "hand of the moment" is the pointed gorgeous pen lettering that she uses so beautifully. I love writing it, especially the fact that it's fairly free of lines and rules.... but then it's also pretty hard to make it look good.
Here are a few trials.
Mmmmm..... lovely acrylic washes just waiting to have some letting added! (I do have some more subtle backgrounds too, but these are lovely enough to share as they are!)
Acrylic paint is very forgiving - you can write on it in ink, gouache, even watercolour. (Well - I say that now - let's see how it goes when I give it a try!)
Well.... the work is on the wall and people are visiting! It was quite daunting putting the work on the walls - all that beautiful blank wall space and a pile of wonderful work.... where to start?
In the end, you just have to go for it! The team of Sue, Pat and Zoe were brilliant - and by lunchtime everything was in place and ready for visitors.
I've had my first compliment for the work through from a visitor who thought the work was of a very high standard - I can't wait to see what's written in the visitor book.
Spent the morning arranging all the beautiful pieces of calligraphy done by the Newark WEA group on the walls of the Spotlight Gallery.
Amazingly there seemed to be just about the right amount of work, and it looks very professional with everything neatly mounted and labelled. Considering we thought the gallery was closed today (for changeover of exhibition) there were quite a few people coming in for a look. That included the reporter and photographer from the local paper.... reluctantly I was photographed but am hoping the paper will choose the photo they took of the friends I was with!
Anyway - feeling proud of the group -
Tomorrow is the day for mounting the exhibition, so when I leave tomorrow morning I have to have everything ready.... gulp.
All the work is mounted and labelled (there's something very satisfying about the pile of labels on their ice cream blocks of foam board) and I think I have everything I need.
Just need nothing horrible to happen to the 2 portfolios filled with treasures!
Much excitement on Friday as Newark Calligraphy group (for which I am tutor) did the final bringing together of work for our exhibition.
The work looks amazing - such variety and interest, and from people with only 1-4 years' experience.
Please come along and see our work
I have decided to keep a blog because even if no-one else reads it, I'd like to go back and see what was occupying me!
I have a lovely studio and several very helpful studio animals - this is Cat Crumble deciding that the water would be much more interesting on the floor.
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.