Calligraphy Quotation – Mark Twain

Although I’m no longer using this blog for the Loopy Letters project there will still be gratuitous shots of calligraphy. Sometimes I forget to upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr so slapping up pictures of my most recent work on this blog will help me keep a personal record.

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I wrote this quote out for a blogging chum in exchange for a crochet bunny. I was very happy with the bunny, but not so happy with my attempt at writing the quote. Sometimes I genuinely don’t like my own calligraphy, and this was one of those moments – it looks very stiff to me and ‘try hard’. Whenever I do try hard I seem to lose fluidity. One of my calligraphy goals is to achieve the look of freedom and flow. So, I wrote the quote out again, and made a bit of an effort with the background.

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I liked this effort more. It feels more fluid… yet I put more effort into this one than the one above! I like mixing up scripts as well, it gives the work more texture. Anyhow, neither were as good as the crochet bunny I received in exchange! Yes, I know, where is the picture of the crochet bunny?

14 thoughts on “Calligraphy Quotation – Mark Twain

  1. eroswings

    They both look splendid! The first one is very exquisite, precise. The second is lush and thriving and alluring. I like them both, and Mark Twain is a genius! Great art! Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      I really enjoy Twain quotes, Mr Swings! They are concise and to the point. Thank you so much for your kind words!
      Sx

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  2. batarde

    Super, but I’m always bowled over with your work. As you know I’ve mused long and hard about calligraphy, and one of my conclusions is that it’s a matter of spending decades learning to control the pen with perfect predictability, in order to fake spontaneity. It’s a paradoxical activity in many ways, or perhaps it’s me that’s a bit odd. The first version looks perfectly jaunty to me, whereas the second is positively skipping along. Dorothy Parker for me, by the way!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      You are spot on with your assessment of learning calligraphy, Mr Batarde!
      Dorothy Parker… sigh… this means I will scrap the birthday idea that I’ve been working on for the last five days and start looking for suitable DP quotes instead!
      Sx

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  3. Exile on Pain Street

    What did you do with the first one? If you’re so dissatisfied with it, I’ll take it! I think it’s splendid. By the way, the inscription on Charles Bukowski’s gravestone is “Don’t Try.” I’m not kidding. His philosophy is that trying always leads to trying too hard. Ride the wave. Find the flow. It’s all very Zen.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Monsieur Pain – I sent both to my exchange buddy, so that she had a choice! Charles Bukowski is right – sometimes it’s best just to go with your gut feeling. And don’t worry, there will be something in the post for you soon!
      Sx

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  4. Inexplicable DeVice

    They are both lovely, but quite, quite different. I would say the first one is more formal – as if for a wedding or other such “do” – while the second (my favourite, too) is atmospheric and airy, inviting more thought. Or somesuch. Plus, it has a tea/coffee ring – I must go and make myself a cup now.

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  5. Scarlet Post author

    Thank you, Mr Devine! I love that tea or coffee ring – I might have to add one to everything I do… with a few cake crumbs for good measure…. perhaps people would like to exchange cake for calligraphy???
    I like lemon drizzle cake, and also coffee and walnut cake. Just saying.
    Sx

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    1. Inexplicable DeVice

      I have just seen your very sensible suggestion at Eros’s that he should find himself naked amidst the chocolate, cake and calligraphy enterprise. I will make a lemon drizzle cake (or get The Mother to make one as she’s better at them than I am) if it will secure the occasion?

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        I know! Genius idea! Perhaps we should let Mr Swings do most of the work and we’ll sit and eat the delicious Lemon drizzle cake…. whilst watching and learning, of course.
        Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Well, this is my problem, Ms Mistress – too many styles to choose from…. at least I know where I am with cake.
      Sx

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