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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Posted in Calligraphy, Fraktur variation
Tagged Blackletter, Calligraphie, calligraphy, Charlie Hebdo, Fraktur, free speech, Gothic, Gothique, Je suis Charlie, liberté d'expression
It’s never too late to say Happy New Year.
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)
Media: 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
Brush-drawn zoot suit sale sign by Bonnie. Siegel’s Clothing Superstore, 2366 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA.
Blue and turquoise brush alphabet. Calligraphy by Karlgeorg Hoefer. The Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, San Francisco Public Library.