Monday, August 13, 2018

The English Countryside



Currently I am enjoying a trip around the English countryside with my friend Pam. We are attending the CLAS Festival of Calligraphy and enjoying the camaraderie with fellow travelers and scribes. It is really lovely to take a car around enjoying little villages and pubs along the way instead of battling the public transport system which at times can be somewhat disastrous.  How fortunate we are.





At our digs, The Old Manor Stables, Letcombe Regis.






Sunday, June 3, 2018

Buderim, beautiful Buderim

It was the Cnut Charter Hand I took to Buderim, QLD in April this year. A thoroughly enjoyable couple of days with the Craft Cottage Calligraphers.
Eadvius Basan, scribe of Christ Church, Canterbury between 1012-1023, was well known for being the major scribe of the Arundel Psalter BL Ms. 115. Also for his work on at least one Charter of King Cnut, Ms.1003 as well as a number of others major works.
The .pdf of my Cnut Charter Hand handouts is available for sale through PayPal for $20 EACH.  Please contact me to request a purchase.
Enjoy these samples from the workshop.







 Chay


Decorative Capitals exemplar in
 use with Charter Hands



 Irene











 John


 Janine








 Susan








Senātus Populusque Rōmānus
The Senate and People of Rome

 
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Autumnal Canberra 2018



It was refreshing and rejuvenating to visit Canberra in the Autumn.
Here are a couple of my favourite photos.













Saturday, December 23, 2017

Who's that?



Oh my god, it's crazy out there on the streets and canals of Venice. Two nights before Christmas and the "buon Natale" love & fever is all around us.  Imagine the scene, lane ways crammed with shoppers, boxes, parcels, people of every race & creed, strolling, running, dashing here and there ... wait ... was that Santa Claus I saw in a gondola just now?





Monday, December 18, 2017

Text, Print & Paint: Venice



Better late than never. These photos are my snaps.
I am hoping under good lighting to get much better images.

Enjoy!





Prepping the gallery.

 



David & Deirdre Kelly (Scuola curator & artist) bumping in. 











Not a good pic but you'll get the idea:


 















































































Ready!  Tomorrow evening the opening is at 6pm with music by none other than David Nuttall Principal Oboist, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and my gorgeous partner. Wishing all our girls were here to join in the fun. To Amy Ellen & Laura I dedicate this show.






Saturday, December 9, 2017

Madrid, winter 2017



It is the trip of a lifetime. Invited to the exciting city of Madrid I have fallen in love with another European city and it's people. Thanks to my friends and great calligrapher and teacher Anna Coll & her husband Pepe.


I attended an amazing exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornmeisza Gallery ...








... and spent a day at the Prado. I certainly got my steps up at these galleries. Amazing works.  I was thrilled to come across one of my absolute favourites Georgia O'Keefe.





 I have fallen in love with Madrid.



A pic of the class on our final day.


These were the early-birds to class and...



... here were the wonderful mischief makers. I loved every minute of it.

I am so fortunate.

 



 

Friday, November 24, 2017

I found a treat in Turin



Today I walked into a church in Turin, Italy that I discovered unexpectedly. It was completely empty. Not a soul, apart from in the crypt (I imagine). It was a strange yet special experience.




San Filippo Nevi Catholic Church




I found a treat there. It will be a part of my body of work for my residency in Venice.

Here is a sneak peek:







Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ampersands Mandalas, and Colour & gold




I am fortunate enough to teach at various places around the world and I'll continue to do so until such a time as the invitations stop flowing. I am grateful for time I have to spend with all my lettering artist friends.

A couple of weeks ago I returned to a favourite place of mine to teach, Adelaide. After an invitation from the  Calligraphy Society of South Australia we settled on two one-day workshops. Workshop one: Ampersands and Workshop two: colour & gold. Both workshops were just a taste in each area.

 "BRAVO"
a shout of congratulations to the Calligraphers in South Australia.


Ampersand Mandala






Random









My in-class sampler
















My in-class sampler


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I am an Australian, a letter designer & calligrapher. I enjoy working with letters and grounds, teaching and mixing with like-minded people.

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