Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I have just returned from the Healey exhibit in Kansas City. The exhibit was the largest unseen collection of Golden Age Ornamental Penmanship that anyone can remember. I was very influenced by the aging papers that were fading into sepia tones. The work was highly illustrative. There were several originals of C. C. Canan's work in the collection. He would often include little illustrated medallions surrounded by flourishes. This little commission evolved out of that exhibit as well as pictures the client sent of her vacation in Lake Placid. The edges of the diploma parchment are tinted with pastel and coloured graphite. Once again I used my prized bottle of McCaffery's brown and a vintage Esterbrook 357 entirely in the design.