I really enjoyed developing the ideas with my lovely customer for the piece below. It's a 40th wedding anniversary present for her mum and dad, and we had a good blend of her ideas that she wanted, and me being able to offer ideas too.
The piece has tiny gold specks "raining" down the centre too - tricky to photograph these but they sparkle beautifully.
The piece was delivered unframed - I like the simple complementary mount and frame that she's chosen, and was delighted to receive a photo of the finished piece.
I like a bit of variety!
This commission was a request to write in the style of Mozart, a couple of pieces which would form part of a dissertation.
Luckily there's some good samples of Mozart's writing in the excellent app from The British Library (called Treasures, I think) so I had fun trying to emulate the speedy writing.
Particularly interesting writing out the musical notation too.
And quite a challenge to deliver to the client something which is scruffy - even though that's the right thing to do!
And an appreciative thank you from my lovely client!
tools are important, of course. many people who saw my videos write me asking “hey, what kind of tool did you use? where can i find it?” but, if you’re watching a footbal match and a player makes a stunning goal, and you then ask him what kind of shoes he was wearing! well, then you have missed the point.
I like Luca's work very much - and finding these words on his blog really struck a chord!
As a calligrapher people always ask - what did you use, how long did it take, and what do you do if it goes wrong. They rarely ask how many years' skill lie behind the piece, why you chose the words, the colours, the layout, or how it felt to create the piece.
Luca Barcellona's website is at http://www.lucabarcellona.com
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.