Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Labours of Love
My Dad is a gifted musician and October 28th, he celebrated 50 years as a church organist. To commemorate the event, he gave an organ recital at Alexandra Presbyterian Church in Brantford. The concert was well attended and the local paper printed an article about his music ministry. I was unable to attend Dad's concert as I was teaching workshops in California. It was difficult to be so far from home while Dad was performing his concert. I don't think I have ever missed one of his organ recitals. The event was very successful and well attended. Our family was so proud of Dad's achievement and I wanted to make him an engrossed certificate to mark the occasion. I kept the certificate as a surprise to be presented to him at his concert with only my sister, Holly and Chris knowing about my plans. I had attended two previous Engrossing Sagas with Michael Sull. One was in 2006 and the other in 2011 but I had never really tried to combine techniques I had studied with Michael into a larger piece of work. I generally work very small and keep to illuminated miniatures, Spencerian Script, English Roundhand and Offhand flourishing. This piece would stretch my comfort zone. I ended up creating two pieces for him. The first piece would be presented at his concert but I was not entirely happy with it. I had chosen to draw my capital letters and draw lower case German Text letters that I would gild and paint. It seemed like a good idea but the finished design wasn't as clean looking as I had hoped for. On my second attempt, I drew my capital letters, but used a parallel pen with Best Bottle Ink for my lower case German Text.