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Painting Poetry
painting poetry



“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks,"
said the classical Greek lyric poet Simonides of Ceos. But how can we capture the essence of poetry in our paintings if we're not writing the words?

We will explore the use of abstract calligraphic marks to make paintings. Using poetry as our starting point, we will experience how abstract paintings can have an intrinsic connection to a poem. This includes the quality of line, size of strokes, shapes, direction of energy, color, value and texture. We will work with the gestures of letters, flourishes, different tools and materials, as well as inward reflection to begin our paintings. The more we can listen to our intuitive self, the more honest, powerful and alive our paintings will be.

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, then this is the class for you. You will leave with some finished paintings and ideas for more.

Sat and Sun, September 8 & 9, 2018
Lettersong Calligraphy Studio and Gallery
Louisville, Kentucky
Questions? Call Sherrie 707-528-1723

Costs TBA


Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and fell in love with the broad nib pen. She continued studying with many of the great masters, including Hermann Zapf and Dick Beasley. She has a BA in studio art and began teaching calligraphy at age 22. Her teaching includes accredited classes at Northern Arizona University, International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch, La Romita School of Art in Italy, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, San Francisco Pen Show, Sebastopol Center for the Arts and calligraphy guilds around the country. 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. Sherrie's 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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