Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stylized script

Copperplate variation

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Children Learn What They Live" by Dorothy Law Nolte

I was commissioned to recreate this piece from what I had originally created many years ago, to be hung in a children's rehab facility in Ohio.  The original seen here is quite large matted and then framed by the client.  The client wanted several copies in different sizes for herself so I scanned the original so that it can be printed in various sizes.  I will have this in my etsy shop to be sold in several different sizes as a giclee on premium paper.

Possibly a new client.  Sending some of my samples in an envelope with a fun impress????
An original poem done in a simple calligraphy style

An original certificate I created including the logo by hand.  I really enjoy creating originals.  It's scary and can be devastating if an error occurs but very rewarding nonetheless.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A lovely young gal came to me to do this very fun project to give to her husband for their first anniversary.  There are 150 places, items and sentiments randomly listed in the heart shape.  Although lots of fun to do, it was challenging fitting everything in the shape.  Paper size was 16"x 16".  She framed it in a shadowbox frame with mementos.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Flourished script that was done in gold ink.

Flourished script

The client requested only names on the envelopes in Gold ink, in a not so over the top flourish script.  Because of the gold ink I lost some of the flourishing strokes.  It was certainly good practice.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wooden directional signs for a wedding

This is a very thin piece of wood that is very special to my client.  He had me write a quote by Rumi and will be putting in a shadowbox frame.
This is a letter I rewrote for my client to give to her finance.  Calligraphy is Bombshell style.

Mirror writing for an extravagant party in the Hollywood Hills

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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This was written large at the beginning of a scroll to be personalized with notes to this Rabbi from his congregation and given to him as a gift.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A fun and creative project for a client who creates Fantasy Coins.  I did the "fantasy" lettering for the coin's recipient.  Apparently, there's a world out there I knew nothing about.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Personalizing and invite

I did the names and place of event in calligraphy adding my own style

Love is Patient...

Original artwork with watercolor flowers for accent.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Water and calligraphy

A project given to me by a client to use the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote and combine it with a painting about water.  The recipient of the gift is in the water conservation business.  This is where my imagination took me.  I was able to mat and frame the painting getting to see the final result.  Joy!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Simple Logo Design

I just finished this logo for a client who I've worked with in the past.  I don't often receive logo designs so it was a fun change of pace.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Guest Book

This is a guest book opening page

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wedding Program Board

A wedding board that I did for a client.  Size was 30x37 foam core board in white paint.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Signs and Logos

Open Sign for The Word is ART Gallery

Closed sign for The Word is ART Gallery Door

These are 2 logos for the same company, a menswear line

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Two New Items to Post

Bride and grooms names to insert into invitation type set.

Wedding vows to be framed and presently to wife at first anniversary
The client sent me a letter written by another calligrapher with a wonky layout that he liked.  He wanted to have some of the same for his vows created .  He mentioned that his relationship with his wife was fun and very playful which is why he chose this.  He seemed really pleased with the results.
Created on Arches 90# text wove.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Martin's War

A poem originally written in 1969 with authentic photos of the Viet Nam War
Recently, I was requested to create an original piece in calligraphy, including photos this client took during his tour of duty in Viet Nam in 1969.  This was a poem he had written at the time.

After he carefully and sometimes painfully, shared with me his experience when he had written this poem and took these authentic photos, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to see as the finished piece.  Some things had to be altered according to the authors suggestions but, for the most part, I was extremely pleased that it came out very close to my original design.

I chose warm gray gouache using a pointed pen italic on a natural arches 90# hot press and a coordinating deeper gray mat.  The cut outs for the photos were strategically placed and I added a very thin line on the mat to bring it all together.  Simple, elegant and poignant giving the design a dimensional oneness.  I couldn't have been more pleased and the client agreed.

Sometimes things just come together easily.  I felt, after hearing his experience, that this needed to be a very quiet piece.  It was clear that there was still some healing that needed to be done but also important to acknowledge the experience and gratitude that he had survived and came home to heal the wounds.

I couldn't possible imagine what this man had gone thru, but I could know how an awful experience such as a war where your buddies got shot and died could alter one's perspective about life.  As memories grow dim, one can only hope that you can remember what had changed you for the better and try to leave the rest as just an extremely important experience and learn to heal for the better.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ten Women Sign

This is a hand painted sign I created on a piece of birch wood to hang over the front counter at Ten Women Gallery on Montana in Santa Monica
The symbol and font type underneath is Ten Womens logo and I added the descriptions in free script.  The designs along the sides are free hand created.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every person who has trusted me with their important events and those who have taken a chance and used my calligraphy services for the first time.  Also, to those who have used my services over and over these many years with prudent results which satisfies both of us or all 3 of us. You bless my life each time I create for you with happy results.  With the "not so happy result", just know that I have learned from God's plan and that too, has enhanced my abilities to serve you better.

I've been doing calligraphy for of over 35+ years and I embrace each job with love and hope that I have made a difference in your event and/or project.  I feel blessed to be in this profession and to provide a service that still remains part of history, our present and future art.

Again, thank you...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Recent Projects

A personal poem for my clients wife...My vision was to show the moon and sun together so I chose 2 different metallic gold ink for representation in the circle, watered down the navy for sky and gold specs for stars.  He wanted an anchor but I thought this was more romantic and so did he when he picked it up.

Second poem for this client's mother...She's a lucky woman.  Peonies being her favorite flower and what I chose to paint however inexperience I am at it, it wasn't so bad in the end.  The poem, "A Mother's Love" by Helen Steiner Rice, says it all.  I did it with pointed pen italic.
Unbeknownst to me, my work appeared in Inside Weddings.  The client, Levine Fox Events, gets a lot of play in this magazine.  They are the best at what they do and I've been working with them a long time.
Seating cards at the wedding...the bride and groom.
Choices for a stamp monogram for Zazzle
This was the final choice...
I know I should post more often so I don't have to put several things together on one post but, I'm blessed with lots of different things to create and I love being a calligrapher and mixed media artist.  When given the choice of what to do, I usually choose one of my art projects and not blogging.  Here you have it...true confessions of passionate artist.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wedding Gift - Words of Love

Just completed a scroll for my client who will be giving it as a gift at their wedding.  I love when men are romantic and think to do things so genuinely loving as giving words of love as a gift. 
It's a beautiful keepsake that can get passed down for generations.  Imagine your mother or grandmother receiving something like this as a wedding gift and to know how deeply she was loved.  It's just one of the most romantic things a man can to do for his bride to be.

Scroll rolled in tissue paper, wrapped in sari silk with a silk flower that can be replaced with real flowers.
A Poem by Nicholas Gordon with an added personal sentiment of love.
A close up of the flourished illumination

This original scroll was created on Arches 90# hot press hand torn making deckle edges which I darkened with linen Distress ink pad.  Written with a pointed pen, my version of a delicate italic in black sumi ink and hand drawn first letter with micro .005 using olive green, gold and plum watercolor to bring in color.  This piece measured 11x17.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Some New Things to Share

An original invitation, gold gouache on Crane stock
Personalized first page of a gifted photo album
Both pages calligraphed in Windsor Newton gold gouache and mounted on gold stock
I am now working on gray envelopes in white ink
A close up of my personal script

Monday, April 2, 2012

Adding Calligraphy To My Other Art

A vintage postcard collaged with book page where I did the calligraphic quote
An original watercolor background, added quote and collaged butterfly
  I'm inspired to add calligraphy to a new painting I'm working on.  Hopefully, I will be able to take all the different mediums I love to dabble in and combine them to create a unique signature.