Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Announcement: Here is a new venue for me, an Etsy site. The banner needs some work. The banner is fine, just my technical skills are a little lacking. So here is my Esty name: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jancalligrapher and expect to see a website in 2010! Exciting stuff. Retirement was overrated! HA.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I just heard a song on the radio called "It's Christmas in Honolulu." It was a new song to me but one of the lyrics was especially meaningful. The song said, we might not have the snow and pictures of Christmas cards in Hawaii but "It is Christmas in Our Hearts." Coming from the Pacific Northwest, it feels so warm here and so unlike the Christmases of my past but it's Christmas in our hearts for sure.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Time has a way of escaping me. Last week I worked on this special WELCOME order for a customer and then I had to stop and address Christmas cards. Time to get back to my blog!!! I have to admit that some of this is hand lettered and some is computer fonts. For instance, I decided to not try to tackle the greek!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The background artwork for this piece is called "Sink Art" because you make marks with India Ink on water color paper (140 Cold Press Arches in this case) and then run it under the water in the sink while it is still wet. Makes interesting shapes sometimes.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It's almost Thanksgiving week and so many blessings to be thankful. I am thankful for everyone who shares my blog. Thank you, Jane for giving me the author to my quote. Maybe I was a bit premature about my wound, it opened up again. Very small but it is just taking its time to heal.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I never thought I would be drawing a picture of a Gecko (-: however they are a reality of life here in the Islands. If we are gone for any extended length of time, they come in and help themselves to anything in the house, leaving little trails of you-know-what behind them. I did not even unpack suitcases until I started vacuuming! Busy little critters! The unexpected blessing is that they eat bugs but they scare me anyway!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I have dreamed about this day when I could share that my wound seems finally closed. After 177 days of an open abdominal wound, my long ordeal might finally be over. I am so grateful for so many people that prayed for me and held me up when I was feeling hurt, old and discouraged. I am also so thankful that my wound never got infected. And grateful for all the nurses who took such great care of me, Ashley, Barbara and Jenny. Most of all, grateful for my patient husband who has fed me, waited on me, and bandaged me almost every one of those 177 days. Thank you, God.
It is amazing how excited I get creating new artwork for this blog. This was a fun, quick little watercolor and I like all the white space at the top. Kind of a happy accident. I know, I know, I should say I planned it that way but really not, it just happened!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here is my little island studio I carved out of a corner of the guest bedroom. I am thankful for every square inch that I have to create. Note new little flat screen light table for practicing copperplate this winter --one of my goals. Thanks for checking in and love to see your studios too.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is a song I first heard sung by the Hawaiian Woman Singing Group, Na Leo. It is called the Hawaiian Lullaby. I could so relate to this song because I have beautiful Hawaiian Grandchildren ( 4 of them!) and I love the line about " I hear children laughing in this land that I love."
Monday, November 9, 2009
In my last blog, I mentioned my art show in Portland, Oregon. Sales were down this year but saw a lot of good friends from college days. Very fun. I wonder if I participate for the art or for the friends? I think it is the people, the heart connection! I only do the calligraphy, journals and books but my friend Jim does fused glass, stained glass, candles, soap, batik scarves, water color painting, carved flowers, cards, journals and has written scores of published books. He never sleeps.
This weekend I participated in my annual art show in Portland, Oregon. One woman found a Sister Star Book and fell in love with it but she had two sisters. So even though I am moving in two days ( 2 days! mind you) I made another sister star book for her today. I thought I would share. Thanks for looking at my art work and for all your nice comments!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have a show coming up in Portland on November 6,7,8. Today I am making some small 3x3 Christmas Accordion Books. I thought I would share them with you. I lettered the words of the Scripture in Isaiah 9:6 in the Blackletter hand. Then I had the words printed in 4 sections and scored. I put them all together to form a small, accordion book.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I did this calligraphic design several years ago in a class that I took and then redid it just awhile ago. I guess I just love the juxtaposition of the french and the english together plus I love the sentiment. A great goal to love someone today even more than yesterday!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I just this minute got home from driving to California to see my daughter. I took along lots of pictures to blog but no wireless at her house so posting today. We had fun and got a lot done in her new house though. Now for the laundry and the laundry and checking out the fridge to see what doesn't look good. (:
This piece of calligraphy was lettered on a piece of handmade paper made by my friend, Jan Molder. Check out her beautiful papers, jewelry and lamps at her website at www.wyldewoodpapers.com/.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I always have good intentions about creating more art for my blog and here it is Sunday again. Where did the week go? I guess I was busy this week creating two covers for my church. One is the cover for the History and one is the 2009 Directory Cover. They were fun but I hope you enjoy today's quotation, peace to you.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have wanted to do this verse for awhile now so I worked on the calligraphy yesterday afternoon. My good friend, Donna, at Champuru.net taught me how do do the background and calligraphy separately and then combine them together on the computer. I know most of you know how to do that but I am enjoying the learning process. As Fall is in the air, I am sending this blessing for this Sunday.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Every year I create a small desk calendar with a particular theme. The theme this year is called "A Taste of Hawaii." Although it does not sound all that time consuming, creating the calligraphy, and 12 separate drawings and paintings has taken me about a month so far. I thought I would share one of the months with you.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I spent this weekend with my daughter who is visiting from California. It is always SO good to spend some time with her. We play Scrabble and talk. I love every nuance of her personality, her huge laugh, her big heart. I love her so much every day but sending this Sunday Love especially for her.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I loved the words of this saying so much that I decided to letter it in Calligraphy. The saying was given to me by my friend Elizabeth. And she should know. She has been a constant encourager as I have sat, injured, in my chair this summer. She has given me countless greeting cards, and little "just because" presents. She is a beautiful friend.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This artwork was commissioned by my friend, Sue. The quote comes from a book about Mary Magdalene written by a friend of hers. I lettered it on white paper, and layered it with a burgundy mat board, piece of Scrapbook paper and burgundy ribbon.