As I've mentioned quite a few times here, I'm enjoying a Sketchbookery class. This week, beyond making a sketchbook or two, we had demonstrations and lots of ideas around lettering. Pam Garrison showed some calligraphy methods. Here's a look at one of her fun designs:
|Pam Garrison's wonderful art.|
You can find more of her work around the net. But I say, start here.
The lettering she demoed was similar to this style:
|To see the real lettering you're just going to have to take the class. Take the class!|
It's a simple direction. Light on the upstroke, press down on the down stroke. Simple. And so confusing. Especially if you're trying to write in a lettering font style the same way you actually write. I find that I get ahead of myself and the simple instruction confuzzles me rather dramatically.
So, I stopped.
And looked at the video again and noticed that she was going slow. Slow. Enjoying the practice of getting the letters onto the paper. (For us to learn.)
I don't know if she goes slow when she's home alone in her art studio. But she demonstrated slow for us chimps in class and I had one of two rather brilliant AH HA! experiences today: Slow allows space for creating. It invites time to just be time which we can take to do what we truly love or want to learn or practice, etcetera, etcetera.
I slowed down and even decided to break the pattern of "trying" and zipping through. (Oh my gosh I know this so well. Why did I forget? When I was seriously working out violin passages all those days ago I went slow, slow, slow before I ever went fast. I know this in my bones.)
I made myself create the upstrokes and downstrokes separately -- breaking the writing pattern and they looked much closer to the demo.
Muscle memory is good.
I remembered slow.
And applied it.
It was fun.
Then I returned to my comfortable artistic home, cooking, and made my kiddos their favorite Saturday Apple Dumplings.
And they really were more lovely than ever.