Monday, June 27, 2011

inspiration monday


last week our lettering group hosted a workshop with irish master calligrapher denis brown.  it was such a privilege to watch this maestro demonstrate his skill......and i was so inspired, that at one point i felt tears start to well up in my eyes! 
{insert deep sigh and long pause.....}
but as easy as i always want it to be, it always comes back to the same message:  
practice, practice, practice.
so practice i shall.  but you know how it is......



once i get started, my mind starts to wander and i get inspired to do other things with that pen.




and before i know it,  i've completely jumped off the path.




um, or should i say, i've completely jumped off the cliff......
:))


you can treat yourself to a sampling of denis' exquisite letterforms here.....


{practice lettering and other "stuff" done with a 3.8 mm pilot parallel pen}



14 comments:

Myriam said...

Qué imaginación más despierta! Me encantan los marcianos!

K said...

Ohh, c'mon! How do you manage that? Turn a practice session in such fun? Those square people are great!!

Beedeebabee said...

Hey Sweetie!!! I love your other fun stuff as much as your lettering...Lori, you ALWAYS bring such smiles...especially when I really need them! Your posts and artwork are always so special! Have a great day...and don't forget to sneak some chocolate in there somewhere! xoxo Paulette :)

garden clippings said...

oh how i love your little doodles!!!

Fran said...

Oh, you did make me laugh! I love your creativity. So much you can do with the broad edge nib. :) :) :) You were truly blessed to have a class with Denis Brown. How fun would that have been! Keep up the good work Lori and your fun loving creativity too!

Maggie McNeice said...

I studied with Denis for a week last summer, and I know how intense his classes are! So you can imagine my reaction as I read your post and saw the little people emerge from your pen. I'm still giggling! There is a time for serious practice and study, and then there is a time for... JOY! Go you!

LuckyDog said...

How much FuN! ♥

Hearthandmade said...

i think i need to take a caligraphy class! This is fabulous. You inspired me to take alisa burkes sketchbook delight class and i love it!

chezjolly said...

These are so much fun! Thank you for sharing :) Have a lovely week!
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Jane Farr said...

Wonderful!! I saw on Martha's blog what looked like a great time with Denis, and I hope it was. All the best to you Lori!

Claire M said...

Ah what fun!! I can relate to the hard, tedious practice needed for nice calligraphy. But, I had lots of fun looking at your fun play too!

Jancalligrapher said...

I love this blog. I had a whole week with Denis at a conference one year, it totally changed my italic. Still does not look like his but it was a vast improvement!

Maggie McNeice said...

I found a scrap of paper yesterday with a quote from Denis on it. Someone asked him, "Do you wear gloves when you work?" and he replied, with typical dry wit, "No, I wear a blindfold!"

Yogi said...

Ah, you must live in Florida. Wasn't Denis great. We had him for 4 days up in Calgary, (Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild) before he went down to you guys.

I still haven't posted any stuff I did during the class...

Love your lettering style by the way. Thanks for the inspirations.

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