Last Literally Letters

I finally unpacked my art supplies and feel like I’m moving in a new direction.  Ghost Ranch 2009 is embedded in my brain and I look forward to adding all I learned to whatever future endeavors I decide to take.

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An empty classroom with the most amazing view.Ghost Ranch 2009f

Chimney Rock at dusk.  Until we meet again.


A Little More Literally Letters

A fascinating mix of letter styles by Carl Rohrs posted by Doug Boyd in his classroom.

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Everywhere I looked last week was talent devoted to letters, words, quotes, materials, tools and good design.  The best thing was that no matter what your calligraphy level of experience, all were gathered of one interest.  The sharing was incredible from everyone.  There wasn’t any secret recipes, secret techniques or secret agents.  I think because as varied as our own handwriting is, so is the art of calligraphy.  You can’t help but have your own style.  No matter how much you share, we will all be unique.  I’ve known, but come to understand, calligraphers are a caring group of folks .Ghost Ranch 2009c

My “Slnky Book” . . . . about 8 manhours to complete (oh no, my estimating is coming through).

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I was so nervous to write names on paper that Jan prepared with lovely callagraphic birds and flowers at our show.  She drafted me and I admit I had a blast (only one misspelled word, Anastasia).

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Our instructors, Bob Phillips (Roswell, NM), Bev Taylor (Farmington, NM), Carol Pallesen (Reno, NV) and Doug Boyd (San Diego, CA).  So much teaching talent in one location.  Thanks to you all.

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It is amazing what scribes can do with a surface and a tool.

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Bob Phillips was our host and coordinator for the first week of Literally Letters.  He is teaching “Calligraphy on the Back of a Napkin” this week.  I so wanted to stay.  But I enjoyed my time at Ghost Ranch and am itching to get to work with my new inspiration.

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We stayed up ’til midnight (or later) almost every night and worked on whatever.  I love to write on old book pages and as I got tired, stuff just rolled off my pen.  A basic Foundational hand was used this evening.

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Ink Camp 2009 – Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Driving through the Ghost Ranch gates made me appreciate all the little details that got me there.  The last time I was at Literally Letters was 2006.  I realized that I need to calendar this date for next year and work everything else around it.  What a magical experience to be with like-minded artists in such a magical landscape.  The inspiration,  new ideas and friendships will last a lifetime.  How could you not want to experience that as much as possible?

Ghost Ranch 2009aMy Books, Boxes and Cards class.  We also learned the Silent Hand style of lettering.  The other classes were Calligraphy You Can Use and Putting it All Together.  Too much fun.