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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Kalligraphia XIV Copperplate Exemplars

The Copperplate exemplars and guidesheet from my Kalligraphia demo are online at Kalligraphia XIV Copperplate Exemplars. This page contains links to downloadable PDF files. The Copperplate guidesheet is the same one that I used in my demo. Place it underneath your writing paper when practicing to ensure that your lines are straight and that your slant is consistent.

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On the Nature of Things

While reading Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve, I became interested in Lucretius, the Roman philosopher and poet who authored De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things). This quote from his book expresses one of his principle beliefs: that it is useless and detrimental to fear the afterlife. In a way, it is a Latin version of Don’t Worry, Be Happy. I did this piece as my final project in Judy Detrick’s recent Uncial class.

On the Nature of Things

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En Paz

En Paz Amado Nervo Juan Crisóstomo Ruiz de Nervo Italic Calligraphy

Until a friend asked me to copy this poem, I had never heard of the Mexican modernist poet Amado Nervo. His poem expresses Nervo’s feelings about his life and how fairly it has treated him. Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie

Je suis Charlie Blackletter Fraktur Gothique Calligraphie Charlie Hebdo liberte d'expression free speech

En hommage aux victimes de l’attentat à la rédaction de Charlie Hebdo.

In memory of the victims of the massacre at the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo.

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Happy New Year

It’s never too late to say Happy New Year.

 Winter quote by Shakespeare Sonnet LVI Calligraphy Copperplate Fraktur New Year Winter, which, being full of care, makes summer's welcome thrice more wished, more rare

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Quelle bonne chose!

Pierre Loti Quote

Media: Moon Palace Sumi ink on Canson Pro-Layout Marker paper. Dimensions: 11″ x 14″ Artist: Raoul Martinez Title: Quelle bonne chose! Author: Pierre Loti (Julien Viaud)
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These I Singing in Spring

These I Singing in SpringMedia: Gold leaf, watercolor, gouache and sumi ink on white pergamenata. Dimensions: h: 20″, w: 16″. Artist: Raoul Martinez. Commission for the Horizons Foundation. Title: These I Singing in Spring. Author: Walt Whitman

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Brush-Drawn Signs at Siegel’s


Brush-drawn zoot suit sale sign by Bonnie. Siegel’s Clothing Superstore, 2366 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA.

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Karlgeorg Hoefer at the SF Public Library

Blue and turquoise brush alphabet by Karlgeorg Hoefer.Blue and turquoise brush alphabet. Calligraphy by Karlgeorg Hoefer. The Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, San Francisco Public Library.

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