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Painting Poetry
Painting Poetry

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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. The more we can reach our intuitive self, the more honest and alive our paintings will be.

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.

2-1/2 Day Workshop
Wednesday through Friday, June 28–30, 2017

LetterWorks 2017 — 36th International Lettering Arts Conference
Ogden, Utah
Questions? Call Sherrie 707-528-1723
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Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and continued studies with Hermann Zapf and Dick Beasley influenced her work. She has a BA in studio art and has been teaching for over 30 years, including accredited classes at Northern Arizona University, International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch, La Romita School of Art in Italy and at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Her work has been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issues, Bound & Lettered and many other books and journals. Her abstract paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions and many juried and group shows. Her newest book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy, won a gold award for Most Outstanding Book Design of the Year for 2016 from Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. Her work can be seen at www.artandpoetry.com.

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