Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Fabulous New Year 2017!

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GabrielPour Gabriel, le messager des bonnes nouvelles !

John Milton, le Paradis Perdu, livre 4, 1667

Traduction de l’anglais par François-René de Chateaubriand

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You are Fabulous

You are Fabulous

Inspired by Rachel Yallop in her course Copperplate: A Different Look at the Swelling Line. This will be auctioned off at the Horizons Foundation’s annual gala.

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They Were Gay (continued)

They Were Gay

As my final project for Chris McDonald’s Foundational class, which ended last April, I decided to do another take on Gertrude Stein’s famous quote from Miss Furr and Miss Skeene (1922). (See my earlier post They Were Gay). This one has a formal Humanist look, with a large illuminated letter T in the white vine style. The body text was done using Moon Palace sumi ink, and the illuminated letter T is in watercolor and gold leaf.

Thanks for your patience!

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I Would Die 4 U

I Would Die 4 U

In homage to Prince, a great songwriter, musician and artist.

From his 1984 album Purple Rain.

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Just Rewards

Sonja's Certificate Dorothy's Certificate

Friends of Calligraphy asked me to write the names on the honorary certificates for their Annual General Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on May 1st, 2016.

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Joyeux Anniversaire, Alexis!

Mon petit neveu, Alexis, fête ses quatre ans demain. Joyeux Anniversaire, Alexis! Pour voir le vidéo, veuillez cliquer sur l’image ci-dessous.

My grandnephew, Alexis, is celebrating his fourth birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Alexis! To view a short calligraphy video, please click on the image below.

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Blue Illuminated Letters

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Several weeks ago, I took Harvest Crittendon‘s Illuminated Initials class, and was so inspired that I created illuminated initials for several of my friends’ birthdays. Media: gouache, Finetec Inca gold and gold leaf on Arches hot press watercolor paper.

I’m on a roll!

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SF Opera Ball 2015

Last Friday, I did the calligraphy on the place cards at the San Francisco Opera’s annual gala. A big thank you to Drew Altizer Photography (@drewaltizerphotography) for taking this video.


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They Were Gay

They were Gay

This text is from Miss Furr and Miss Skeene, a short story by Gertrude Stein containing over 100 occurrences of the word gay. Many of Stein’s writings used repetition, or as she referred to it, “insistence”. Is it a portrait of her friends Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squires, who frequented her studio in Paris, or a veiled reference to her own relationship with Alice B. Toklas?

I donated this piece to Horizons Foundation for their annual auction.

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