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Who's that?

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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?





Text, Print & Paint: Venice

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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:























































Madrid, winter 2017

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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.



I found a treat in Turin

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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:






Ampersands Mandalas, and Colour & gold

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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














Ramblings from Missoula Montana

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One of the lovely things on this trip is I don't have wifi at the home of the people hosting me Cindy & Jim. It allows me time, time I don't bother taking to do other things, things I used to do before wifi (BW) :-)

Long story but now in Montana, Amity has kindly given me access to her wifi so, here are my late night ramblings.


This year, to date, I have been invited to teach in three Australian cities & towns, Buderim, Sydney & Pokolbin with two more to go Sydney again and Adelaide. To my Australian colleagues I am eternally grateful for your support. Thank you.
I have also been fortunate to visit and teach in eight US cities this year, Pittsburg, Salt Lake City, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, currently I am in Missoula and next week I’ll be in Minneapolis.
To friends and colleagues around the world who, spend hours of their busy lives helping to organize these workshops and classes, I am indebted to you, thank you.
I have also visited Canberra a coup…

Birdies, Ampersands & other ligatures San Antonio

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My "ampersands & other ligatures" workshop has now finished in San Antonio Texas. The participants were fabulous and we all enjoyed our time of it. It was the first time I used a document camera but I am yet to be convinced that it is the way for me. I was also miked as the group was large and some a little hard of hearing. I got used to that but I had to keep my sniffles in check!





On the way to class, I snapped these "Grackles on a wire" out of the car window!





Participant mementos.


The classroom was a bright and airy pre-school!
Some of the participants painted Celtic ampersands.

 Students work:


 Depending on the style of ampersand some mandalas were quicker to execute than others.



My unfinished in-class sample.


It was great meeting so many talented peeps in San Antonio.