Saturday, November 21, 2015

Purely Pencils Plus

Hello there!

Today was the final day in my workshop teaching calendar for 2015.
I am delighted that the final workshop for the year was with the talented and lovely group
Stitching & Beyond. There were sixteen enthusiastic pencil workers in this group.  They are not calligraphers but enjoyed a little text instruction!

Purely Pencils Plus
We worked pencils into smooth gesso and textured gesso.
We worked pencils under gold leaf.
We enjoyed graffito into gold leaf with pencils.
In our downtime
... twiddling thumbs time ...
we worked the mandala,
emptying our minds, relaxing and just enjoying the pencil process. 

What a marvelous array of works created by this lovely group of local Tasmanians.  Thank you Stitching & Beyond & Chris Hussey for organising my workshops and for having me join you as tutor for the third time in twelve months ... wow!

Here is a sampler only of the two days (one or two are my demos).














Verna (did two of these)


  Great, eh!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

CSV - last away teaching for the year

Group: The Calligraphy Society of Victoria
Place: Melbourne Victoria AUSTRALIA
Date: this past weekend November 2015
Theme: Purely Pencils - a two-day workshop

It is always rewarding to see the what class participants create by the end of a workshop. This class was no exception. Unfortunately many of my photos were blurred, which is unlike me, so I can't show a full representation of the group, what I can show are these excellent results.


It is the nature of the pencil, be it H, B or other to demand a slow and consistent amount of time and effort to create little finished works. Most of the work here therefore, is unfinished.

This exercise is called from Nature to Paper. It is an exercise I developed to show people how easy it is to create a colour scheme from a small snippet from the garden. People are astounded just how many colours, tints and shades can be found in just one small plant. But, the beauty is, it works!

Here we have used the letterforms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the simple design backgrounds of both his and the painting-to-the-line technique of Adolf Bernd.


My unpainted grevillea demonstration

These simple little graphic design exercises
are for trialing different pencil media such as water-soluble graphite,
watercolours, graphitint, inktense etc.

Thank you CSV for the invitation to teach this enjoyable workshop for your group and thank you to the creative participants:

Kate Adderley
Patricia Barth
Glenice Burn
Margaret Burgess
Susan Byrdy
Moya Carroll
Eve Cazalet
Lisa Churchward
Sally Diserio
Lyn Hope
Bev May
Janine Mitchell
Diana Prewett
Liz Sansom
Adeline Tijo
Murray Vagg
Rhonda Walker
Lorraine Watt

A night out with friends. My hostess Liz Sansom & Lyne DeLuca.  

The weekend was tinged with incredible sadness and shock of terrorist attacks in Paris, the second time this year, outrageous!  From someone who travels a good deal and in my sixtieth year, I shan't shy away from future travel to share and enjoy my passion for letters.  These criminals - not only those who pulled the triggers but their lunatic supporters - will be defeated and I shall continue to stand in support of, and solidarity for, democracy, equality and freedom.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grounds by the guidance class crew

My calligraphy guidance class crew had never created grounds before
so here you will see some of my demonstrations and some of their outcomes.  
This was one of the absolute best ways to spend time for all of us.

Paper taped, secure & ready to work upon.

 300gsm Arches cold-pressed (medium) watercolour paper.

 Stonehenge - tan

Masking fluid & rock salt

Can you believe it - never done grounds before!

Before ... 

... and after

Mushroom clouds and all . . .

Great results and a great deal of fun.  Well done guidance crew!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On a lighter note: Hamish selfie

I am not sure but is this Hamish's first selfie at eighteen months?

A memorial & farewell for Dorothy Frances Nuttall

Dorothy Frances Nuttall

22nd June 1926 to 14th July 2015

Friday 23rd October 2015
We held a lovely Memorial and Farewell for David's mother
Dorothy Frances Nuttall.

Dorothy passed away unexpectedly on 14th July 2015 after a severe fall causing a brain bleed in the aged care facility Hawthorn Village that left her in a coma for two days.  Over twenty friends joined David, me and his daughter Laura at the Uniting Church at Kippax in Canberra to reminisce and say goodbye. Many thanks to my friend Jill Robertson for her help and advice.  Here are just a couple of photos of Dorothy's friends and family from the gathering.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.  Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

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I am an Australian calligrapher. I enjoy working with of letters and grounds.