I looked through my huge ‘Reggie’ notebooks for the assignment
for this project. I couldn’t find it. I thought it would help me
remember specific details. I do know my goal was to have
something large, something medium and something small. The
title, the sub-titles and the text could be arranged so those
elements would create forms, small medium and large.
I used various sizes of Speedball B nibs and squared off the
ends with a EF66 pen, quite a tedious process, but effective. I
used the Ruling Writer and most likely a folded pen for the
title and subtitles. I wanted to create a contrast with the
simple straight/curve lines of the alphabet of the text. The
Ruling Writer and folded pen were so freeing to work with. The
“Three Passions” letters were to be flowing, sweeping and moving
with loose, wild extra lines mingling among the more structured
letters. The sub-titles were done with the point of the folded
pen. I wanted the sub-titles to be eloquent and more detailed
than the text alphabet. They are a stylized Roman Versal, open
and also relaxed.
The back ground was first painted with a thin wash of pastel
colored gouache and then layered with the SaranWrap technique
for a soft textured background. The lettering was done with
gouache. I chose pinks, lavender and a golden ochre to suggest
subtle passion. Square dots of gold paint are used to tie the
titles and sub-titles together. Three Passions is done on a full
sheet of Arches 140 pound hot press.
If you need to change anything about this, Reggie, go ahead.
This was indeed a long time ago. I do remember that it seemed I
would never be done with the writing. Your student pieces on
your archives are so outstanding. I am humbled to have been a
student in your class. So glad you are using our new technology
to keep calligraphy alive and to keep on sharing what we all
deem as beautiful writing. I have put calligraphy aside somewhat
and have tried to take up oils. I regret that I never had the
dance needed in my letters to be successful. I do have good
memories of a good teacher and some fun classes.