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A Challenging Font

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March 29, 2020

What a strange time this is.  My daily routine has hardly changed at all ... one of the great positive aspects of being an artist and self-employed.  While at the same time, the daily routine of most of the world has changed dramatically and will, I doubt, never return to what it was before the arrival of Coronavirus.  Where others' work days are cut short or eliminated, mine has stretched way beyond my normal twelve hour work day.  I'm working feverishly to create videos and classes to help people get through these times whether the challenge is being alone or the challenge is being with their children far more than they normally are.

As a result, I didn't have a chance to create my fonts in my perpetual journal prior to heading outside and sketching the botanical illustrations.  At night, between video uploads, I added the fonts to the last week's page and this week's page.  

I had little time in the garden last week, so I painted a simplified version of the iris leaves that had been covered in last autumn's leaves.  I used just a few strokes of the brush without drawing them in first and added a dash of dirt at the bottom. That was it.

I thought, when deciding on a font to add, I would add a fancy font to balance the simple strokes of the leaves.  The font turned out to be the most challenging yet.  It took me hours to draw it in with pencil and longer than usual to carefully ink the letters. 

What a joy when I arrived at the stage of adding color.  The long break from working on the Color Wheel Mandala class (Part One is now published on Skillshare) was good for me. The satisfaction of having tackled the font and completing it has re-energized me. 

Creating art is sooooo good for the soul!

My hope is that you will take pen and brush in hand every day to replenish your energy, observe the beauty in nature and renew your faith in the perfection of the universe. The last part is, perhaps, the most difficult.


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