I love Carolingian minuscel! These letters are wide and round and it's the internal spaces of the letters that make them work so well. This is a piece from long ago. I'm still happy with it despite of the - sometimes - bad spacing. It was a good exercise for writing large scale. I used an automatic pen number 2 and ferric ink on thick Arches cold pressed paper.
With the floral explosion of an extraordinary spring, our garden is like paradise. I had the irresistible urge to make a painting of this abundant amount of greens and bright colors. So here is the final print! I'm very happy with the colors. I was inspired by our own garden but also by old Indian embroideries. These prints are available through my Etsy shop. Click on 'sale' to see more!
Not my own work this time, but from my talented daughter. For her Master's project she worked on this children's book about jazz and jazz musicians. Since the target audience are children, she used animals alternating with musicians and charming short stories about their lives. There was also a CD included with songs from the book. Below some spreads of JAZZZOO!
A while ago I posted a picture of my family tree on my mother's side. This one is on my father's side. On the left there is the handwriting of my great grandfather. He had to write a dictation in order to be admitted to become a customs officer. He passed the test! Below there is his picture and at the right some military papers. The oldest ancestor I found so far was born in 1652. I'll keep searching!
A few weeks ago I was blessed with a group of enthusiastic students for a colored pencil workshop. A butterfly is, of course, a rewarding topic for study and spring is the perfect time of the year to do this. It's been two most enjoyable days where everyone learned about the different types of pencils, best papers to work on and best techniques to draw a photo-realistic butterfly. Using colored pencils is much more than just coloring, it's building up layer by layer and I'm sure that every student in the class can agree with me that working with colored pencils helps to create a feeling of calmness and Zen!
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