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The price of anonymity

I had a very interesting and unintentional experience with trying to sell my work anonymously.It all started with the Rendez-vous Calligraphy Conference. I wanted to enter a piece in the participant exhibit, and the only requirement was to make…

Gilding with Peter Thornton

Gilding is another one of those things that I knew nothing about. It's one thing to admire someone else's beautiful work, and another to have a deep understanding of the techniques they used to create the piece.I will have…

Brush class with Carl Rohrs

There is one tool that I have always found to be particularly challenging: the brush. I became especially aware of this after taking a sing-painting workshop, and seeing how all of my letters were complete garbage.When Seattletters conference came…

Trajans with Yves Leterme

I signed up for an online Trajans class with Yves, and it was great. I learned a lot, even though I did get to the most interesting (and most challenging) part of the class — brush letters. I would definitely take…

Creativity takes courage

I will freely admit to this one being one of my most "cheaty" projects. The task was to write out a quote:Creativity takes courage. — Henri MatisseI wanted to write huge pointed pen letters, but that was hard for 2…

Fear mediocrity

I don't quite remember where I saw this person, but I saw someone wearing a T-shirt that said:Don't fear failure, fear mediocrity.I really liked this quote. Apparently, it's attributed to a bodybuilder, and I wasn't able to find…

Flattery and criticism

This quote is one of my favorites:I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. — Georgia O'KeefeWhen I was working on the thumbnails, naturally, I had to…

Luck favors the alert mind

This was another fun quote assignment for my class with Carol.We started working on it during a class session, and by the end of it I had come up with an obligatory folded pen version:Even though it was…