Prose and Letters

A Bevy of Yule cards

by Cari on 12/05/2016

in Calligraphy

A wise friend once suggested that a nice way to fill the well when feeling sidelined was to look at past work. And it’s customary toward the end of the year, and on one’s birthday, our personal year, to “take stock” and look back on the triumphs and trials of the past year. The trials, tedious [...]


The labyrinth with the heart at its center was the site and stage for a deeply personal family saga this year. At the winter solstice, our son married his beloved in the heart of this labyrinth. They joined paths by walking to the center and exchanged vows while poised on the heart. My part in [...]


During the summer months of this year, I spent many hours perambulating between my studio and my computer screen, creating a modern manuscript in a medieval style. The job inquiry came in late May, and the final artwork was delivered the first week of October. During those four months, I used just about every trick [...]


Let Union Be in All Our Hearts

by Cari on 10/16/2014

in Calligraphy

Let union be in all our hearts / Let all our hearts be joined as one / We’ll end the day as we began / We’ll end the day in pleasure / Right fa-la-ra-la-ry-tu-ra-ly-do / When we are together When I heard these lyrics at this year’s California Revels May Day celebration, the words sang [...]


Beltane Blessings

by Cari on 05/01/2014

in Wheel of the Year

A happy, frolicsome and joyful Beltane to all this fine May morning! This photo is from last year’s horn dance in the predawn darkness. The local Morris dancers do a fine job of dancing up the sun every year, beginning with this solemn ritual. My art above was inspired by these dancers. Though circumstances this [...]

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A wondrous and happy solstice to all! This card is an exploration of the old favorite carol, and what its roots might have been. Those compelling images of the royal trees of the forest, the rising sun, the deer running . . . I love a good merry organ and sweet singing in the choir, [...]


This past autumn, I had the honor of being asked, by one of my long ago wedding clients, to create a new piece of art to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. I was asked to make it the same size as the original one, follow roughly the same layout with an arch of lettering at [...]


Three New Small Illuminations

by Cari on 11/24/2012

in Calligraphy

In small ways we can change the world, and I believe Small Business Saturday is one of those small ways. It makes us think about our neighbors and friends who offer services, who are makers and creatives, who are the small businesses still thriving in our midst, despite decades of watching the big companies get [...]


Representing an Earthwise Path

by Cari on 10/10/2012

in Calligraphy

I am so honored and pleased to again have my artwork appear on the cover of Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International. This quarterly magazine uses a very pleasing color scheme and subtle layout effect that attractively complement this piece. The Earth is Happy was a very early paste paper painting made in 2001, [...]


The Spacious Firmament

by Cari on 09/22/2012

in Wheel of the Year

As we enter into the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere, the night sky takes on extra luminosity and mystery. The vast cosmos whirls overhead as we contemplate our small place in the great universe. Here at the autumn equinox, we contemplate the balance of light and dark, in the length of [...]