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Week #33
This work was done by Claire Griffin in Boston in 2017 for the session “Basic Romans” in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words:
“Lettering is Order.

It is the means to a higher consciousness.”

Friedrich Neugebauer

I did this piece as a homework assignment for Reggie’s 26 Seeds Session in Boston, Massachusetts. We were studying Roman Variations and were given this quote by the pioneering letter artist, Friedrich Neugebauer. Needless to say, I was intrigued and excited.

It was important to me that I due justice to Neugebauer’s quote, so I started by sketching some ideas and interpretations, focusing on the word, order. When I think of order, I conjure up images of geometry, shapes that fit together and how they relate as well as stand alone.
I also considered color, starting with primaries and then onto secondaries. Finally, the challenge was to put all these elements together in a visually cohesive way.

I pulled out a piece of Arches hot press watercolor paper and got started. After laying everything out with pencil, I started the lettering with black sumi ink, using a speedball C-0 Nib. Then came the shapes, layered upon each other, painted with gouache. When I was finished with the painting, I outlined the shapes with a micron pen. I wanted to accent the author’s name, so I incorporated it into the bottom in black, painting the counter spaces randomly. The large blocks of black tie all the other geometric spaces together. The finished work is @ 14 x 16 inches.

I really enjoyed this assignment, but let me add that I really enjoyed everything about Reggie’s 26 Seeds year-long class. It certainly was a Year to Grow.

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