Tuesday, November 4, 2014

my course is set for an uncharted sea

"My course is set for an uncharted sea."
-Dante Alighieri

Been in a sort of weird, wandery mood recently and this saying keeps popping into my head, so of course the answer was to letter it, with lots of nautical charts, international stamps and flowing gouache scripting. (Lots of practice with that scripting as well.)

Prints in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209703528/
Original here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209710262


  1. Curious..even with lots of practice..how do you NOT FREAK OUT when putting paintbrush to canvas? Do you practice on another paper until you perfect it..then project it onto your canvas and outline..or?

    1. Hey Jennifer! I totally DO freak out, especially if I've spent hours perfecting the background and using one of a kind materials and stuff. If you look at the second photo you'll see about 50 sheets of recycled office paper that I practice on until I know exactly the kind of lettering I want. It's really all about practice. Occasionally I'll use a light pencil line to draw my letters on the canvas first, to make sure they're all spaced like I want them.

    2. Ok...so I'm not in the freak out boat alone. ;) Practice, practice, practice....my mantra.

  2. I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.



  3. that's an interesting, weirdo comment up there. but I'm an American woman so I might just think that because I'm mentally unstable and generally immature but at least I'm not anonymous BUT I digress. I can't believe I'm just finding this blog now. I've followed your work since I saw it featured on Oprah and immediately fell in love with your work! My family and I moved abroad to DR about 4 years ago where my husband is a teacher and I am a writer/mother. My love of words and wanderlust are immense. Can't wait to read more on your blog.

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