and the winner is…Carol Pratt. It is a wonderful oppportunity to make friends through a blog and I had not heard of Carol before!
I live in Eugene, Oregon, USA. On joining your blog a few months ago, your work and daily entries hooked me. Can’t remember how I connected in the first place, but it must have been through Cyberscribes.
I began taking lessons in 2009 from local teachers, and I continue with that. But whenever a workshop sashays by, it’s enrollment time. So I’ve had short lessons from Annie Cicale, Kristin Doty, Linda Schneider, and Barbara Close. While living in southwest Ireland, I took an 8-week course from a local teacher, Bob O’Cahail, an artist on the Dingle Peninsula.
I’m strictly an amateur and will never be anything else, but that is fine with me. I have been a fabric artist and sold my handweaving for several years, but I don’t want to be in marketing any longer. So I work “for myself”, belong to our local calligraphy guild, and I enjoy and occasionally buy the work of others. The calligraphy is improving, and that is very satisfying.
I have worked in collage for many years (20 or so) and within the last few years have donated and sold work through non-profit art exhibits and auctions. It’s validation enough. I will send along scans of two or three of my pieces. These are relatively small ones. I use my drawing skills sometimes, and I plan to use my lettering in collage, as well.
Calligraphy is a lifelong interest. My father was able to do hand lettered advertising posters for businesses in the 30s and 40s, and as a very little girl, I’d watch him work. He was self-taught, but was quite good, if one can judge from the signs he made for himself. Funny how such a small memory can affect one’s whole life.
Carol has chosen the callifgraphic thank you cards…”I have gone over and over the cards, and such a decision is hard to make. Of course, I’d love (LOVE!) to buy an original. But I can’t do that right now. I have decided to opt for the calligraphic thank-you cards. I have a feeling these will never be writ upon nor mailed, because I will want to keep them for my own wall. The watercolor print of the cat Misty is a wonderful piece, too, and I love nudes, but I will go with the cards.
Carol, we come from a similar place. My mother used to do posters for the village in “fancy writing” with a flat edged brush and poster colours. I am sure they were amateurish, and not as upmarket as your fathers’. but I used to watch her and thought they were wonderful. Yaears later, frustrated by my two left-handed brothers’ handwriting, she bought a book by George L Thompson on Italic handwriting. I was the older sister and took the book to boarding school and taught myself Italic. (I needed the remedial many years later of course!)