Friday, August 30, 2013

Why Is Life Calligraphy?

My wee little canvas painting entitled, "Life Is Calligraphy", will be part of Ruminate Magazine's Online Art Auction. The auction begins September 1st and bids can be placed through September 14th. All the artwork is 7"x7" with beginning bids starting at $7.00. How is that for a fun art happening!?

Part of Ruminate's requirements for submissions was that the artwork had to be done on a 7x7 inch piece of white Rives BFK paper (which they provided) or the artist could select a different substrate as long as it was 7"x7". With canvas being the substrate for my style I began to ponder what to do this small.

However it came down I happened upon a 12"x16" painting that had been put aside since I was not enthralled with it. However, when I began to look within the painting I saw a portion that jumped out at me! "Ah ha, this will be a perfect 7"x7" painting!" I cut it out - which brought on unique feelings - good (releasing a treasure within) and bad (destroying part of something).

Then I began to study my wee little painting. What was it saying to me? The playful lines reminded me of the fun movement life is meant to express. The phrase, ‘life is calligraphy’, came to me.

Looking up the meaning of 'calligraphy', I was delighted to discover this word comes from two Greek words - kalla meaning “beautiful” and graphia meaning “writing”. 

Edward Johnston defined calligraphy as essentially “written letters, dependent upon the flow and rhythm of the pen or brush.” 

Then Paul’s words came to mind – “clearly you are an epistle of Christ…written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God…” (2Cor 3:3)

Well, I'll be! He made each of us as one-of-a-kind calligraphic writings! Just think of your swirls and flow. Hey, even the squiggles and wiggles! Granted we can have some same 'ol same 'ol movements of life, but we are also to flourish with flair. Release that spontaneity - have fun, be playful - at least part of every day!

"Life Is Calligraphy" 7'x7" Acrylic on Canvas
2013© Nancy Teague

My, what beautiful writing you are!

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