Calligraphy Honoring Harpsichord Donors

ChristChurchHarpsichord2Cecile Drackett came to me in 2012 to recognize those who contributed to the purchase of the beautiful harpsichord now adorning her church. It was lettered on fine art paper with gouache. (The gouache didn’t photograph too well. It’s a warmer gold than shown here.) To enhance the list of names on the doc, I reproduced some of the flowers from the harpsichord in watercolor on D’Arches HP paper. She later framed it and hung it in the church. It  personalizes the gift and allows people to graciously thank the donors!


Calligraphy Cruise! C’mon, let’s go!! Caribbean and Alaska 2014


While you were shoveling snow, we were enjoying the sun and beaches….

The 2014 Calligraphy Cruises are selected and posted on my website! In March, we’re off to the Eastern Caribbean (from Ft. Lauderdale) with the calligraphy focus – Engrossers’ Script and Flourishing. June takes us to Alaska (from Seattle) with the focus – Flourished Italic and Decorative Painting on Glass. Gary Lord and his wife Marianne will be joining us on the Seattle Cruise.  Please call Holly about the classes and Peggy Whalen with Holland America Line questions or reservations. $100. reserves your place in class!

Cruises > > Scroll down on the home page and find the Calligraphy Cruise logo or click on my CLASSES page. You can download the Class and Cruise info for both.

Enjoy the pictures of the 2013 Calligraphy Cruise to the Western Caribbean. We had a great time! A spacious workshop room, new friends…..

CruiseClassroomFun in the sun at ports of call….Jill Quillian with the dolphins, up close and personal!


Blue skies, beautiful beaches…


Key West from the deck of the msWesterdam….KeyWest

Several on-board pools, hot tubs, spa’s…..

HollandAmPoolTwo formal nights….but always 5 star dining!


Gourmet picnic on the ship’s deck….with travel agent Peggy Whalen. Contact her at or (360)-606-9339 for cruise details.

PegGaryDeckFoodAnd there’s a lot more! Hope that you can join us!

Lighthouses & Basketballs

Fifteen Lighthouses for the Willmore Lange Reunion 2013

Fifteen Lighthouses for the Willmore Lange Reunion 2013

Just in case you think a calligraphy career is boring, take a look! You might find a few of my unique projects amusing!

Summer brings vacations and families together! Sharman Willmore brought me these 15 creative lighthouses to letter on. She will give one to each of the families attending their reunion, which is near the ‘real’ lighthouse. A great family memory. Her father built these approximately 15″ tall replica’s. I lettered the relaxed script with a miniature WN sable brush with yes, acrylic ink. Amazingly, the ink was kind to my brush!

And if those aren’t a unique enough request for you, two years ago, I lettered on 200 Basketballs….

 The BB's were lettered with Limited Edition numbers in preparation for Oscar Robertson's signaturesKatie Pavel, from University of Cincinnati’s Athletic Department, called me to letter the Limited Edition numbers on beaucoup Basketball’s to be signed by Oscar Robertson and given to UC’s athletic supporters. I was a tad disappointed when I learned that I was to letter them in Oscar’s presence at the game but then switched to a room in advance of the game, but such is life! This way, the ink was dry when he signed. It was a simple job, but great fun to have a change of scenery.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you believe I ever finished? I used a broad-edged pen with acrylic ink and it took about 3.5 hours (everyone asks)! Below is Katie and her co-worker as they orchestrated the project.