The Highest Form of Goodness

(Gouache, gold leafing pen, and ink on Tomoe River paper. 21 x 17 cm.)

Here’s a second piece of Gothic calligraphy, this one based on Dr. John C. H. Wu’s translation of the Tao Teh Ching. I made this using gouche, gold leafing pen and ink (Noodler’s Bad Belted Kingfisher and Platinum’s Cassis Black) on Tomoe River paper. The ibis has been a symbol of writers since ancient Egyptian times, and here he bursts the frame to take the nourishment of water into the airs of the writerly mind.

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Gothic Calligraphy

I Sat to Play Checkers…

The other day I made a first attempt at a Gothic-style illuminated text with gouache, gold-leafing pen, Noodler’s Bad Belted Kingfisher (blue ink), and Platinum’s Cassis Black (red ink) on Tomoe River paper. I used a Lamy 1.5 italic nib for the text and a fine pointed brush for the gouache. Incredibly, only the gold leafing pen bled through the Tomoe paper despite multiple coats of fairly wet gouache. The text is my composition.

Observing & Articulating

I’m an award-winning Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, and visual artist with expertise in videography, video editing, and media training. I have ten years of video production experience in Toronto, Canada, and from 2007 to 2012 volunteered to produce videos and video trainings in Nairobi, Kenya.

I currently work as a freelance videographer-editor. I’m also an obsessive dream-journalist, phenomenologist, visual artist and writer now working on a novel that has been about half finished for about five years.