David Mekelburg and his wonderful rainbow writing and immaculate letterforms were an early influence on me when I began calligraphy over thirty years ago. The above poster, published in 1987, hung on my studio wall for years and years. I was influenced to try blending colors in the pen and to improve my letterforms, especially italic, by David’s work. And I have always loved the quote on this poster, by Gertrude Stein:
Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle . . .
THIS JOY you feel is life.
I have just had the news that we have lost David Mekelburg, on July 21, at the age of 73. He taught and mentored so many calligraphers, even those of us who never had the pleasure of meeting him personally but were still led down the colorful path of calligraphy by his beautiful work. We have lost a great one. Thank you for all the beautiful letters, David. You were a true inspiration.