PICK OF THIS WEEK - 2015
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Week #8
This work was done by Risa Gettler in Orange County in 2008 for the session “Italic and Italic Variations”, in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words:

Thank you for honoring my work and asking me to comment on the project. The months assignment was Italic. But no matter what the hand the challenge is for the verse and vision to compliment each another so well that they melt into one vision. The angel is Mozarabic from circa 8th century. Because the image is from Spain I wanted the quote to be by a Spanish poet. I chose the second stanza from Last Night As I Was Sleeping by one of my favorite poets, Antonio Machado. Because it’s so beautiful I’ve also included the last stanza). (Reggie, feel feel to eliminate the last stanza, I included it because it resonates so powerfully.)

The work represents many materials and techniques learned in our earlier classes. Her dress and sleeve/wings were the ideal application of all the wonderful pigments we’d mixed in class. The lettering is done with a quill. The lettering is in gouache on Arches Text Wove and festooned with loads of gilding. I hadn’t written in a circle or oval before but class is all about experimenting so I went for it! I found writing in a circle is not so difficult if you apply the principal of always writing each letter directly in front of you.
  Homework assignments can have a life after the critique. This image was featured on a cover of Angel Magazine and other commercial applications. (Reggie you may want to eliminate this last bit it was written as a way to endorse the worth of time spent on task, i.e., your valid assignments.)

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
 
Last night as I slept,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that it was God I had
here inside my heart. "

-- Antonio Machado

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