* * * * * * * * * *

In Chicago we have had our study group meetings for the last 32 years. It has been a great source of support for friendship and creativity. Of course some months are better attended than others, and the quality and volume of the work varies. But I have always come away feeling better. From time to time, however, I’m saddened by the thought that with all the inspiring work that has passed through those doors, none of it has been chronicled. There will be no evidence that we even existed! 

   I know that over the years other study groups in other cities have sprung up, varying in size and frequency of meeting. In featuring all levels of works from them, the point is to show just how important a study group can be in our development as calligraphers, at so many different levels. And, YES, it shows, indeed, WE WERE HERE! This informal gathering of kindred spirits has nurtured us, given us continuity in ways we may have hoped for, or may never have expected. I would like for it to be a legacy to pass on to current and future calligraphers: a way to inspire others to start their own study groups. 

    So, for the beginning of this year I will be featuring attendees of our Chicago group. We have had an embarrassment of riches over the decades when it comes to talent. This is a sampling. PLEASE send me works from any study group you may have been part of so it may be featured here and inspire others:  contactreggie@comcast.net

Thank you. Reggie

* * * * * * * * *
This work was done by Lisa Kivland:
Title:  "Awakening"

Credit: Irene Claremont DeCastillejo
Image size: 4” x 4-1/2”, watercolors on watercolor paper, 23k gold
In July 2015, I attended the international calligraphy conference in
Sonoma, CA, tutored by Belgian artist/calligrapher Liesbet
Boudens, in a course entitled “Design & Interpretation for
Extraordinary Letters”. Using Roman letters as the basis for the
composition, the goal was to design ‘words as image’ and
interpret letterforms to evoke the emotion of the words. Starting
with thumbnail pencil sketches, I photocopied and reworked the
drawn, built up letterforms repeatedly, gradually larger and larger,
while paying attention to each letter and detail as it relates to the
whole. This deliberate, methodical approach allowed the
composition to develop organically into an expressive piece,
actually quite different from the original thumbnail sketch.
The subtly variegated greens and blues of nature symbolize a
simple yet gentle reminder that we awaken each day purified,
anew and awash with fresh opportunities….

* * * * * * * * *

You can enjoy all the Pics of the Week from 2009 through 2018,
archived on the home page of my website www.reggieezell.com
Live, one on one with Reggie Ezell
Information on courses and workshops www.reggieezell.com
You can contact me directly: contactreggie@comcast.net  or 773-202-8321
Click to see several short (free) Calligraphy videos:
Full length calligraphy videos and PORTFOLIOS by Reggie: