Thursday, August 29, 2013
I have spent every possible moment I had this summer in my little outdoor sanctuary. I love my studio but Oscar loves it too and his favourite thing lately has been to lie down on my hands while I am working. He also loves a fresh sheet of paper and thinks it is his job to bruise it before I start working. I still take him outside on the leash to let him explore and last week when I took him out I saw my first Carolina Wren.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Iampeth. One of the first decisions I made was selecting the designer of our new logo. If you are not familiar with his work, please let me introduce Don Marsh. He is a Cincinnati based artist, designer, calligrapher and author. Don is a long time friend and his work has been admired by many of us online. His professional work may be seen on branding for Febreeze, Butterball and John Morrell among many others. Don began his career as an illustrator in 1970 and by 1980 his professional focus was exclusively letterforms, especially for commercial use. His passion for letterforms is as great, if not greater, today as it was 33 years ago. I have long admired and appreciated his design skills and his knowledge of the history of English Roundhand. He is passionate about the history and progression of script lettering and is so generous in sharing his knowledge and skill. It was so exciting to watch him draft and complete this beautiful logo that Bickham himself would be proud to display. Enjoy the abundance of ovals in this elegant design and please visit Don’s website at
or find him on Facebook to see his beautiful calligraphic artwork. I look forward to putting this logo to good use at our conference. It is the first of many wonderful things I have in store for you.”
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I will never depart from my love of the Victorian era. I know they overdo everything they but their romance of the whimsical and the ornate is fascinating. I still take a weekly trip to the antique shop to see if I can find a doily that needs to be resucued and repurposed. I am still known to take out the finest bone china teacup for tea in the garden for one in the afternoon. There is something so delicate and graceful about the ornamentation they choose to put on their pillowcases, china patterns and stationery. This little angel was inspired by a Victorian Scrap. I was sparked by the idea of putting the foliate work around the intial similar to my Enchanted letterforms.The initial measures 2" x 1 1/2", on vellum with Ziller Buffalo Brown Ink, Watercolour, Miniatum Ink and Pastel.