A couple of glimpses from my art journal: above, from a wonderful trip to Yosemite National Park last week, where we were lucky to enjoy some beautiful warm weather, a little hiking, waterfalls on every rock face, and a picnic lunch by the green, green Merced River where I had a few minutes to get out the Inktense pencils and the portable calligraphy pen (Parallel pen with a 6.0 nib) and capture a few of the sights and colors of this enchanted place. Yosemite is a living cathedral; we had our lunch that day in sight of the Cathedral Spires. It is a place of Big Magic.
Below, I sewed and pasted in some of lettering and markings trials for an almost finished book, tests for centering words (lettered words cut out, measured and the center marked with a pencil line), and practicing arcs with the ruling pen attached to a compass and dipped in iridescent ink, then spread out with a rough brush. I have been so busy in the studio I’ve hardly had time to do anything else, so the pilgrimage to Yosemite last week has me recharged and ready to go back to work.