But the thing you may not have known behind the social media sharing and the long-progress of this artwork:
This may have been one of the most challenging artworks and most challenging seasons of my life and career as an artist thus far.
Since giving my first talk, I continue to receive numerous comments, messages, and emails from people-- especially students, teachers and parents -- who have shared with me the value they have found in my talk. It has been shared in thousands of classrooms, homeschool co-ops, and handwriting communities around the nation. Thank you all! I believe the reason for the success of this talk has nothing to do with me, but the personal legacy handwriting carries for each individual.
I'm honored to be featured as a 'Goulet Guest' over on the Goulet Pens Blog. If you're in the fountain pen world, you probably know the Goulets! They are special people who I've had the honor of getting to know as I dip my toes in the fountain pen community.
In this interview, I sit down with Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens at the 2017 DC Fountain Pen Show and talk about my artistic journey, giving insights into my work as a Master Penman. I hope you follow the link above to read the blog alongside the interview!
Just like I knew I wanted to carve a set of wings for my bride long before I met my wife, I always knew I wanted to carve a swan cradle for my firstborn. So, when my wife and I found out the wonderful news that we were expecting our baby girl - Emma Jane- in May 2017, my hands started in on the long stirrings of my heart.
Valentine’s Day is upon us 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.
While there have been countless subjects depicted through flourishing, birds have risen to the top as the favorite subject of the pen flourisher throughout the ages. Birds are the icon of grace and whimsy. “They’re a great subject to depict with the fine strokes of the pen because of their aerodynamic form,” says Jake, my bird flourishing expert. “Birds are full of life, and that vitality can easily be given to the bird on paper through flourishing. The art form matches the subject.”