Beetle Calligraphy

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I enjoy dabbling in Calligraphy and hand lettering.  Here is a piece that I made a few years ago for my husband’s birthday.  It says Chalcosoma – a beautiful genus of beetle, which at the time husband was raising.

Here’s a quick story of how I became interested in Calligraphy and lettering:  Some years ago I was working on a sketchbook specifically dedicated to beetles.  Each beetle drawing was accompanied by it’s scientific name, which I hand lettered (as best as I could at the time).  Every day I would create a beetle illustration to post on Flickr.  A wonderful friend and neighbor of mine, Orrin (and Gayle) would critique my work.  I love a good honest critique, and always enjoyed the input.  So one day Orrin told me that if I stepped up the quality of the lettering a bit it would make the beetle illustrations all the more aesthetic. He was (and often is) right.   Orrin was about 83 at that time and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for him and his advise.  So I heeded his words and set out to improve my lettering, which soon lead me to calligraphy.  I’ve been doing it ever since, and Orrin approves.  Thank you, Orrin!

Meet Bess From Lilliput

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Bess was one of the few Lilliput lovelys who had very little desire to meet the big life in the big world.  We had to bribe her with lots of sweets just to get her here.
Meet Bess; she is very shy with everyone except her family. In fact, Bess’ family would say that she’s quite the motor-mouth. She talks to the animals and claims they talk back though nobody has ever heard this, nor do they question her. Bess never wears shoes because they keep her from feeling the ground.
Let’s make her feel welcome.

Lilliput Gal Makes Her Debut

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The Lilliput Gals have been clamoring for days about getting out of my sketchbooks and enjoying more of the big world.  They squealed with excitement whey I told them that I would give them all makeovers.
Say hi to Gwen.  She is very shy, loves nature and has kept a diary since she was 12. (her words)