Ink on Paper

04.21 / Personal

I’ve always believed that penmanship reveals lengths about inner character. It’s a manual skill that requires thought and diligence much like composing a photograph.  One of my earliest memories of childhood were afternoons spent practicing Chinese characters and the American alphabet, pages and pages every single day until consistency became second nature.  These days I typically hear the clicking sound of my keyboard, the reality of a digital generation.

A couple of nights ago, I was still at my desk at 2am, restless from a long day on the computer. Justin came into the room and I asked him to read me a passage from one of my favorite books. With beautiful materials from the talented Maybelle-Imasa, I’ve been teaching myself modern calligraphy for a couple of months, determined to get back into pen and brush strokes. It’s brought a deep sense of comfort I haven’t felt in a long time as an artist in this digital age. The satisfaction of creating with a manual technique uniquely my own with simple materials, void of distracting devices, is indescribably therapeutic. That and someone who will read to me at 2am is definitely a keeper =)

To you
I am nothing more
than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.
But if you tame me,
then we shall need each other.
To me,
you will be unique in all the world.
To you,
I shall be unique in all the world.

Calligraphy Nib & Holder: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls / Indigo Ink: Papier Plume New Orleans / Quote: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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  • DeMario - 3 years ago

    Beautiful..brilliant. First thing that comes to mind. Thank you for sharing.