The attentive eye


“To the attentive eye,
each moment of the year
has its own beauty,
and in the same field,
it beholds, every hour,
a picture which was never seen before,
and which shall never be seen again.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I matted and framed (11″ x 14″) this piece to today for the calligraphy exhibit at Rocky Mountain College’s The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery in Billings, MT.
The watercolor lettering was initially done with a disc-ended Brause Ornament nib –  similar to a Speedball “B” series nib – and then the rough edges and finials tidied square with a bowl-pointed school nib. All on St. Armand handmade watercolor paper, a luxuriously felty, bumpy surface.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Wait, isn’t this a lettering blog? Not to worry. Read on.

I mentioned last May in passing that I had finished a fun bit of commercial lettering. There was the usual last-minute scramble to make a deadline, and then I turned to all the work I had set aside. 

Well, yesterday upon being reminded of the book, I looked it up on Amazon .. and I ordered a copy. Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed seeing my lettering in the “Look Inside” Amazon feature. Click on the book jacket to go to Amazon and see for yourself.

Book exchange books complete!

The eight books that were due on Valentine’s Day were actually completed in time to arrive by the deadline. Yay! I’ll make two more for a series of 10. Usually I do an “edition” of manuscript books (if there is such a thing), but this time I’ve done a series instead. To my mind, the difference is that I didn’t try to make these books closer to identical. The painted pages are all different. But the text, which consists 8 haiku, are all the same.

Exchange books 2017

Series of 8 artists books combining paste paint, stylized photos and calligraphy.

Madly working on a series of exchange books to be mailed by Friday. Why oh why is it always a push? But I know why. For the past 3 months, no idea has been good enough … until it had to be.

Daily lettering

Daily lettering.

It’s a little hard to focus these days, but I’m still trying to get a page of lettering done each day.

Daily lettering


Trying #2-1/2 Mitchell nib with a combination of Sumi ink and jet black gouache at an x-height of 4.8mm. partway through, I gave up on a nib that was cupping, and not much happier with the new one.

Oh, and the actual sign was “You can’t combover mysogyny.” What is mysogyny after all but a form of hypocrisy, anyway?