Monday, November 21, 2011

I drew this “Thank You” up this afternoon. My brief was to keep within the corporate branding mimicking the logo-type of the Company. It is of course more difficult working to someone else’s brief though it works well enough I believe.

I have just completed these illuminations for an engaged couple. I have hidden their names for privacy but they are written in a beautiful gold leaf copperplate reflecting the flow of the foliage.  These will be mounted seperately but side by side on foamcore and floated on a backing mat in a box frame.

The absolute best irises in town from the Salamanca markets!
And look, Barb's dad's moody birds.

The Poppies from Duncan & Stephanie ... gorgeous!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Handwritten at the National Library of Australia

Blatent advertising. Among other things on the education program there wil be a series of calligraphy classes held by members of the Canberra Calligraphy Society.

Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
26 November 2011 – 18 March 2012
National Library of Australia

Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin features 100 unique manuscript treasures from Germany’s largest library.

From medieval illuminated manuscripts to the letters and works of world-renowned writers, explorers, scientists and philosophers, visitors to Canberra have a rare opportunity to view priceless manuscripts created over a period of more than 1000 years.

Handwritten is a who’s who of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and creators. Browse exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare letters, sketches, documents and priceless musical scores, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Newton, Galileo, Descartes, Nightingale and Einstein, to name just a few.

The collection of musical scores alone is extraordinary. Never before have such significant manuscripts by Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and nine other famous German composers come to Australia.

From Dante’s Divine Comedy to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, this is a not-to-be-missed chance to come face to face with significant moments in human endeavour. There are explanatory notes throughout and the National Library has also created ‘The Mind’, a relaxed space where people can take a moment to immerse themselves in the content of the exhibition and access the complementary digital resources.

The National Library of Australia in Canberra is the only Australian venue.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

the full quid

Heather Lee gave me this paper Fabriano Uno when I was visiting Red Deer. I had never used nor seen it before.  Feels like about 300gsm. It is beautiful for both pencil work and gouache ... just beautiful. This work has been done with a .035 propelling pencil, Schmincke gouache and a 1/2 Brause.

If we didn't do this we would die ...


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Blackmans Bay, Tasmania, Australia
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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