De Rerum Natura

Citation by Lucretius from De Rerum Natura

In his only surviving work De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), the philosopher and poet Lucretius expounds on his theory that all matter is composed of tiny particles, making him the world’s second atomic physicist (Democritus, in fact, was the first.) My piece is on display as part of Kalligraphia XV at the San Francisco Public Library through 27 August 2018.

Translation by Dean Robino:

Thus the first things – atoms – are solid in simple singleness,
cohered from very small parts that were skillfully crowded together.
Not out of the union of their coming together
but their greater power in eternal singleness,
with things finally neither being torn away or made smaller
nature now gives way, reserving the seeds of matter.


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Jean-Théophane Venard’s Last Letter to his Father

Jean-Théophane Venard's Last Letter to his Father

A missionary working for the French Foreign Missions in West Tonkin (northern Vietnam) Jean-Théophane Vénard was arrested and executed in 1861 for proselytism. During his captivity, he wrote inspiring letters to his family and superiors, demonstrating his outstanding faith. He was canonized in 1988. I was commissioned to do this piece. #jeanthéophanevénard #catholicmissionaries #christianmartyrs #calligraphy #calligraphybyraoul #calligraphie #copperplatecalligraphy #calligraphieanglaise #pointedpencalligraphy #winsorandnewtongouache #archestextwove

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The Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild Quote

This quote from Jack London’s Call of the Wild always gives me goosebumps.

My calligraphy is on exhibit at the Saratoga Library through January 31st. I will be giving a calligraphy demo there, with other Pacific Scribes calligraphers, on January 20th, John Hancock Day. Please come to say hello and check out the artwork.

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Speculating on the Nature of Transformation …

Collaborative piece for Delaney and Chin

This is a collaborative piece that I did with Delaney and Chin. A tree branch, a trowel and a toy truck carrying logs to the lumber mill are reminders of the gardening and landscaping projects that D&C do.

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Calligraphy on Prayer Wheels

Doing gilded copperplate on steel prayer wheels for Delaney and Chin. This is the first time I have had to wear knee pads while doing calligraphy.

" the mantra om Mani Padme hum invokes the spiritual power and blessing of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion." Dharma / St Francis' prayer invokes balance and compassion in our daily lives. The action of turning the cylinder / prayer wheel upon which these prayers are written evokes blessings and healing 4 the person who is physically spinning the wheel of Dharma. This act is said to also benefit the community the person who is spinning the prayer wheel. Has anyone recognized what these metal cylinders are? @raoulpat #tibetanprayerwheel #outdoorart #spiritualart #artinthegarden #artinmotion #goldleafcalligraphy #goldleaf #copperplatecalligraphy #delaneyandchin #topherdelaney #calvinchin #recycledart #transformation #buddhism #prayer #powdercoating

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Homage to Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo Citation

In memory of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died in prison on 13 July 2017. This citation is from the Charter 8 manifesto, which he and other Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists authored in 2008.

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I’m With You

I'm With You

Alan Ginsberg dedicated the third section of Howl to Carl Solomon, whom he met at a psychiatric hospital in 1949. Ginsberg sympathized with Solomon, who, like Ginsberg’s mother, struggled with mental illness and received shock treatment. He describes the events that occurred in Solomon’s life, including the horrors he endured in the psychiatric institution (Rockland.)

Copyright © 1956, 2006 by the Allen Ginsberg Trust, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC

This piece was accepted into the Painted Words exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. It will be there through July 23rd.

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We Stand Together

In remembrance of the victims of the bombings at Manchester Arena on May 22nd, 2017, and in support of their families and friends.

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O Sleep

O Sleep

I have always sympathized with King Henry IV who desperately laments his inability to go to sleep.

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Happy Birthday William Caslon

William Caslon

William Caslon put England on the typographic map in 1734 when “Caslon” came out, providing stiff competition for Dutch typefaces. It became the most popular typeface of the 18th century, in particular in the colonies, where it was used to print the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. George Bernard Shaw admired the typeface so much that he insisted that all his work be set in Caslon. When not designing type, William brewed beer for his monthly soirées.

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