Do you ever have little gut voices whispering to you? Mine has kept whispering to me: “You know the source of your best work happens when you’re outside, on the scene.” Or “You need to get outside to do your painting, not stuck inside behind a desk all morning!” And the rest of all of … More Little Gut Voices
Odd combo, wouldn’t you think? There is a connection, I assure you! The last couple of months have been a muddle for me. Well, a muddle AND a relief. I stepped down from teaching for a noble institution after ten years in order to get some headspace to explore the art world more. I’ve had … More Chickens, The Critic, and a Train
When darkness is all around, sometimes, that’s when another person can be the greatest light. Not long after the fountain pen discovery (in the previous post), after the IAMPETH conferences, I was feeling very low. I felt like I was leaving an artist incubator was going back to a no man’s land or a limbo … More Words in Darkness
When a pen cleaner takes your Lamy pens and cleans them, sometimes you discover some neat things about your own life. Greg Minushkin took my Lamy pens and cleaned them, he let me see the build-up I had caused by unknowingly abusing them through neglect over the years. With “Slow down, Evelyn Wood!” still echoing … More Fountain Pen Men
These are the words master penman Bill Kemp said to me as he observed me practice writing. We were at IAMPETH, in Omaha, NE. It was the evening study hours where masters and students met and worked sided by side, practicing and exploring, and enjoying each other’s company. “Who’s Evelyn Wood?” I asked.
This summer penman and calligraphy enthusiasts met in Omaha, Nebraska for a week of conferences with IAMPETH -International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. From August 2-8 each day started at 8:30 am with day long classes. We had breaks at 10am, a long lunch break, another break at 3pm, with the … More When Pen and Art Meet: IAMPETH
Howdy all. It’s been well nigh a month since you last heard from me. By air, or road tripping, adventures have etched themselves into my travel journal and I can’t wait to show them to you. Also, I have a few things to share at the end! Last month I flew off to Vancouver Washington … More Washington, KC, Ad Astra and Beyond!
Getting ready for a baby doesn’t always conjure up images of the birds and the bees these days, but let’s face it, that’s where baby’s come from, right? My younger sister and her husband are expecting their first baby. That baby will be our first nephew to us siblings, will make my parents into grandparents, … More The Birds and the Bees
Steel girders thrust out of the ground more and more each day as BHS and Hutton construct the New Immaculata in St. Marys, Kansas. These girders are building a magnificent Romanesque church which has now taken form in the Kansan Flint Hills, right off Highway 24. The building is happening so quickly, every time I … More Steel Rises
This old midwest water tower and a historic gazebo are two things that are nearly as old as our town. This water tower can be seen along Highway 24 long before you enter St. Mary’s. When we used to come to town to visit our grandparents as little children 25 years ago, the sight of … More 2 Things on Campus