Romance of the Pen

 

Valentine’s Day is just beyond the horizon and I am a hopeless romantic with a pen - brace yourself!

 

 

 I happen to think, with every bias admitted, that calligraphy is the most romantic art form ever invented; words of love established by passion, stroked with affection, and adorned with beauty are sent through the eyes as beams of light to the soul.

 

 

Calligrapher or not, everyone has the ability to romance their beloved through the power of writing.

 

 

Romance thrives upon words. While the spoken word breathes life into a romance, the written word is evermore powerful because it establishes one’s words of affection in the physical world.

 

 

I love reading my grandparents' old letters to one another. My grandfather was in Europe during World War II and the only way that he and my grandmother could correspond was through letters. Seeing their handwriting on the page brings me to that moment in time. I imagine the comfort that each letter brought across enemy lines to my grandfather. I am sure seeing her beautiful penmanship filling the page was like a gleaming light in that dark place. Similarly, I am sure his letters back to his sweet Marian sustained her hope in a relationship she was vested in and for the return of a husband she loved dearly. Their own words for one another in that moment stand forever as the history of their love story.

 

 

If actions are louder than words, then writing is louder than both because writing is the action of creating words.

 

 

As an artist and Master Penman, one of my greatest delights is breathing romance into my artwork. Not all my artwork speaks to the romance that exists between lovers; art has the power to romanticize anything. Whether I am depicting nature, community, adventure, music, struggle or beauty, my job is to portray the romance within it.

 

 

Ever so often I choose to speak to love in its most familiar form.  Through the flow of the pen, passion is greatly expressed, whether in written form or beautiful lines of flourishing. I am not breaking new ground but speaking in an old tongue. What once was beautiful and romantic in ages past and is regarded the same in the present holds the promise of being beautiful and romantic in the future. More lovers have succumbed at the tip of a pen than any of cupid’s arrows!

 

 

The pen still has its effect on us today. In my art, I convey love in a way that all can relate to it and see their own passions captured within it. Thus, I lend the grace in my hand to convey the passions of your heart.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 


15 Comments

Sherry
Sherry

February 12, 2016

Thank you for encouraging the importance of the teaching of penmanship in schools. I have personally witnessed its positive effects among students. It motivates students to persevere, to be creative, to stay focused, and to keep raising the bar of excellence for themselves. It teaches patience, inspires imagination, and produces a sense of individual accomplishment unlike any other avenue of learning. Please continue to be an advocate of the powerful pen.

Helen Chang
Helen Chang

February 12, 2016

Thoughts, words, calligraphy unsurpassed beauty and magnificent presentation. I could only admire from a distance. Thank you for sharing .

Janis Fannon
Janis Fannon

February 12, 2016

Your works of art are absolutely stunning! One day I will own one. The problem is choosing! Thank you for developing and sharing your artistic gifts.

Vicky Stone
Vicky Stone

February 11, 2016

That double bird heart should be a postage stamp! I’d buy enough "forever"stamps to last forever and a day!

Sandy
Sandy

February 11, 2016

Everyone who enters my living room are struck by my Hummy Love. Best birthday present ever!

Diane Yannich
Diane Yannich

February 11, 2016

Jake, it is so wonderful to read your words today. You speak with the grace you write with. I too, am an artist who used to earn a good living with my calligraphy. I can no longer do it due to a reaction from medicine I’m on. My hand shakes too terribly. The meditation of calligraphy is a blessing only some of us can do. We, the blessed, have surely been given a gift only some of us can use. I enjoy your work very much, you are a master craftsman! Diane

Margaret
Margaret

February 11, 2016

I have the second print. I hung it where I look at it many, many times a day. I never tire of looking at it. It is truly a magnificent work of art. Very unusual.

Roberta Wackler
Roberta Wackler

February 11, 2016

Every word you write touches the very soul of each God given heart of each person! Speaking as a retired school teacher, I hope you can inspire the present day educators who have eliminated the learning of cursive in the curriculum. Private schools value the creativity in each child and cursive remains to be part of the inspiration they provide. I hope your talent will spark the need for preserving the hand written word – it has in mine.
Respectfully

Steve
Steve

February 11, 2016

Well done, Jake.
Your homage to love is right on.
And isn’t our love for others a dim reflection of His great love for us?!
Yours,
Steve Ray
Fort Collins

Deborah Wick
Deborah Wick

February 11, 2016

GOD’S love flows through your pen and the creative words and design bless my heart, as I know others are blessed too.
Keep on HIS trail, HE so loves you!
Thanks for sharing.

Rose
Rose

February 11, 2016

I love your passion and dedication to writing and craftsmanship through the pen. My mother and her parents were from Germany. They would embellish their letters routinely to enunciated the emotions in their letters. I have carried this on. I leave my initials on the back of envelopes to seal and personalize my correspondence. Keep up the message of the pen. God gave His letter of redemption to us in His Word. The most powerful message of all.

Liza Coppola
Liza Coppola

February 11, 2016

…and your words are poetry. I have fallen in love with your heart and your hand. A gift from God.

Wes
Wes

February 11, 2016

…….creative “amen’s” to all you are about, Jake. Thank you! God bless you, ever more!! Blessings abundant to you and your bride!!!

Chris Cox
Chris Cox

February 11, 2016

I am moved by every stroke of your pen. I am jealous of your talent. I would love to be able to create the art you create. Thank you for the inspiration, and keeping this art form alive.

Mary Haffenreffer
Mary Haffenreffer

February 11, 2016

Please make more ergo penholders!

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