My goodness 2018 seems to have moved on so rapidly and I have rolled along with it. My recent trip to the UK and Sweden was so wonderful, I worked hard, met many many lovely people who looked after me. I enjoyed my time learning, sharing, giving and receiving and travelling with Pam for most of the time. How grateful I am for this opportunity. The only sad this is that my partner could not travel with me to enjoy meeting all these moments too. Shortly I'll post some of my favourite moments. Here is one on my very last day in the UK on a revisit to Windsor Castle where I studied at the Royal Archive on my Churchill Fellowship.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Better late than never. These photos are my snaps.
I am hoping under good lighting to get much better images.
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.
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 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.
a shout of congratulations to the Calligraphers in South Australia.