Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Haiku

The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound
coming out of the flowers

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Orleans Travel Journal

We returned home this weekend from a wonderful week in New Orleans. Here's a few pages from my travel journal. With not much time to sketch, many pages are a montage of ephemera and photos. Trip highlights include- great friends, Whitney Plantation, The House of Blues Gospel Brunch, Chris Roberts-Aniteau Galleries, street musician jazz, Preservation Hall, architecture and food.

This NY Times article by David Amsden explains the Whitney Plantation history of slavery and the experience of confronting the issues of racism and slavery in our country today -

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Playing with Collage and Paint

 Last week, I played with friends layering collage and paint on 4x4 inch wood blocks. I like the soft, blue-green feel to these four.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Weather Grams

Happy Spring
Blessed with wonderful calligraphy and poet friends.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Columbia Gorge Book of River Memories

This origami box contains my final class project. The box cover is made from a photo in the Friends of the Colombia Gorge newsletter.

Inside is the 2¼ x 2¼ inch book of River Memories.

The front cover is lettered in Uncial on painted tyvek.

The diamond fold meander book structure fit the theme.

The book is hand lettered in walnut ink in Bookhand and Uncial on Arches watercolor paper.

I wrote the poem in a Paulann Peterson writing class last summer. It represents a lifetime of many memories of trips up the Gorge.

River Memories
River memories run deep in my heart
West to East- a shift in color
lush to dry, fir to pine- Wind.
Dog Mountain to Memaloose- balsamroot, lupine, paintbrush
a chocolate lily, shooting stars, a whiff of lilac
wildflower Heaven every Spring.
Cascade vistas reward hikers on steep trails
babbling brooks, forest ferns- Water.
She Who Watches remembers sacred ritual
sees river traffic, hears trains- Voices.
Basalt cliffs, Bridge of Gods, high plateaus
form Gorge walls where the river flows.
With each season visit, we return home singing
Woodie Guthrie lyrics- roll on, Columbia.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Charles Rennie Macintosh Inspired

In writing this Lloyd J Reynold's quote, I was inspired by Charles Rennie Macintosh. I like Rennie's Bungalow Art Deco script plus his graphite and watercolor floral drawings. He left some of his drawing without added color. I really like the look of the soft graphite with some watercolor. I used gouache and walnut ink for the lettering. Reynold's quote is from one of his weather grams. If you scroll down this article- The Calligraphy Heritage at Reed, you'll see an example of one of his weather grams.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

 We worked with this Thich Nhat Hahn quote in my calligraphy class with Carol DuBosch. I really like stacking letters in an abstract way.  The words are painted with earth-tone water colors. The quote makes me want to get outside and walk.