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Calligraphic Abstractions
calligraphic abstractions

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“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks," said the classical Greek lyric poet Simonides of Ceos. But can we capture the silence of poetry in our paintings without being able to read the words? By connecting with a poem at an innate level and integrating that with concepts of abstract art your calligraphic expression can expand beyond where you have ever thought it could go.

Join me on this journey of exploration and innovation that incorporates the strokes and gestures of letters, flourishes, use of different tools and materials, meditation and inward reflection.
We will connect to the flow of our intuition as we paint and also write our own poetry, further opening the pathways that make creativity happen.

Using poetry as our starting point, we will discuss what elements can help abstract paintings have an intrinsic connection to the poem. This includes the quality of line, size of strokes, shapes, direction of energy, color, value and texture. We will use sumi ink and watercolor to do exercises in calligraphic mark making, asemic writing, choosing colors, value studies and cropping the page.

If your next step in calligraphy is to take it beyond what you thought you were capable of doing, if you are looking for greater fulfillment in your work, if you want to have fun and make exciting discoveries, and if you are ready to relax the standard definition of what calligraphy is, then this is the class for you. You will leave this class with several paintings ready to frame and new inspiration to guide you.

Monday through Sunday, June 5 – 11, 2017
Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu, New Mexico
Questions? Call Sherrie 707-528-1723
Register through Ghost Ranch. Materials list will be sent on request or when registered. Catalog will be available in January


Sherrie Lovler is an internationally known calligrapher and artist. She has been teaching calligraphy and related arts for over 30 years through adult education programs, art guilds, Ghost Ranch, International Calligraphy Conferences and accredited courses at Northern Arizona University. Her art has been in many juried shows both locally and nationally, and in her recently published book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy. Sherrie’s work can also be seen at www.artandpoetry.com.

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