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Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« on: May 31, 2019, 03:35:40 AM »
Walt Whitman was born on 31 May 1819. So I copied some of his short poems to celebrate. Happy Birthday, WW!

Also - this is my first post!  I just joined in April(?) - I hope I'm doing this right.

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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 10:40:43 AM »
Oh, the picture turned out blurry.  Maybe this one is better.

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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2019, 11:04:28 AM »
Your B in Bold has such lovely lines! We are studying Walt Whitman in my daughter’s homeschool,  and you have inspired our handwriting project today! (:

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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2019, 11:22:43 AM »
Lovely! And welcome to the forum!

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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2019, 11:26:29 AM »
Beautiful! You have such a lovely style! Thank you for sharing.  ;D
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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2019, 12:02:48 AM »
Love-love this tribute--and love your style's mood!!!

Thank you!

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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2019, 12:07:33 AM »
Thanks for all your kind and supportive thoughts, Allison, Bianca, Erica, and Kacy!

I haven't been able to do much pointed pen calligraphy lately.  I had a bit of a traumatic brain injury this winter that has left me with a slight tremor in my hand for four months now, so I've been concentrating on broad edge work, which is my academic focus anyway.  But I think I'm getting some control back.  You can still see the wavering in the hairlines in quite a few of the flourishes though.  And of course, all I can see are the flaws in technique and execution, and practice deficit, so I really appreciate all of your generous words -- you've given me the courage to keep trying.

Who knows - it may never completely go away, but it didn't stop the medieval scribe we call "The Tremulous Hand of Worcester," so I'll carry on.  I penned each of the Whitman poems with a different nib from a sampler I recently got (at least a dozen poems/nibs) - I'm having better results with some than others.  The Hunt 103 and the Hunt 106 have emerged as new favorites, probably because they're a bit firmer than my old standby, the Leonardt EF Principal.

Does anyone have any other nib suggestions?

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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2019, 11:24:19 AM »
@K-2  I am so sorry I missed this when you posted. I hope you are recovering well or all recovered. My heart goes out to you. Calligraphy must be good exercise to get those synapses firing again.  :-*
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Re: Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 12:06:58 PM »
So kind of you, Erica!  The summer away from teaching helped, and I'm back at my academic work and taking commissions again.  Most of my work is broad edge anyway.  And one can joke that maybe it knocked some sense into me.  Actually, it really knocked some of my memory clean out, but who needs to remember everything anyway, eh?

I'm terribly self-conscious about my pointed pen work though - it wasn't great to begin with, and it might never be good again, so I'm grateful that this community is so kind.  And also, that my livelihood does not depend on it.

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