In a small high school situated at the edge of a little town in New Mexico, I had an art teacher that insisted we learn to hand letter specifically for the purpose of sign painting. (didn’t see that digital age coming, huh?)
I believe her requirement to learn the disciplined art of lettering was her way of demonstrating to the parents of her students that art is a viable career option. (yeah…that’s a whole other story) Hand lettering is an incredibly challenging skill set; a nearly lost art for sure.
There was a time when I progressed to fairly mediocre at lettering. I have a bad habit of dragging my hand. My teacher’s caution rings, “pick up your hand, Beth.” (I was a general source of frustration for her…imagine)
In today’s digitally-reproduced-stick-on-rub-off-pressure-adhesive-anyone-can-do-it-graphics, there’s not much call for the hand lettering process; the discipline of drawing or painting a group of symbols that represent sounds of vocal expression.
The art of lettering is controlled and challenging, focused and intentional…the perfect means to cry out to God.
Let me take this opportunity to help you fill out your calendar!
Marvelous Mud III
~a preview exhibition of Studio Tour artists~
Open now – January 30, 2015
Closing Reception, January 30th, 6-9pm
Bridgewater State University
January 19-April 6, 2015
~if you’re attending NCECA, make plans to see the show~
February 21-22, 2015
10am-5pm each day
Arizona Artist’s Juried Exhibition
Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art
March 15-August 15, 2015
Birds of a Feather
Tempe Center for the Arts
June 19 – September 19, 2015
Opening reception, June 12, 2015