This quote was done in honor of a dear friend whose middle name
is "Bird" who has been living with Stage 4 metastatic cancer for
the last 7 years. Yes, that is a miraculous seven years! She is
a source of inspiration to our circle of survivors. We were
introduced to Reggie's script, Raucous, in our study of Roman
variations and I loved how the words could flow into each other.
A couple of practice pieces were done on computer paper, and
subsequently cut apart to arrange the design.
The hummingbird outline was drawn and cut out from cardstock to
create an embossing stencil. Then I taped the sheet of Arches
text wove to my light box with the layout underneath.
I used Speedball B2/ B3 nibs to execute the body of the letters,
using an EF66 nib to corner the ends. I mixed a "hummingbird"
green gouache and slowly added a combination of
primary/ultramarine/thalo blue as each line was written to
create the color transition. Although I did back paint the
embossed hummingbird with red ochre gouache, it still didn't
stand out enough so I used the stencil to mask off the area and
dusted chalk pastels in to give it more clarity. Unlike some of
my other work which gets heavily embellished, this piece has a
very clean and simple look to emphasize the message, a gift of
friendship and hope.