Monday, July 30, 2007

Denis Brown at Island Magic





When Denis Brown picks up a pen, the room becomes silent. Even a room full of chattering women becomes absolutely still, with everyone watching intently. There is nothing but the sound of the pen nib, and quick intakes of breath from the audience.

Denis’ demos were the highlight of an excellent class, “Developing Expression in Calligraphy”, in which he lead us through rather grueling exercises with drawn monoline romans, which lead to exploring texture, and ended with a fun exercise where we created calligraphic marks to musical rhythms. Informative, inspiring and enjoyable - the week flew past as quickly as Denis’ penstrokes.

What I’m left with: a desire to really work on the rhythm and ‘fluency’ of my own calligraphy (and new ideas on how to approach this), and many new things to consider in terms of creating depth and texture in a calligraphic work. This is certainly something Denis has achieved with his incredible glass art.

3 comments:

Lorraine Douglas said...

I like these kind of pics because it gives a real sense of the concentration and care taken and the exquisite beauty of his work. One thing our Yves said was to do things with care...that was what mattered to him....if you cared about the letters it comes through like here in Denis' pics...

Quelle said...

Thank you for sharing! Amazing. Is he writing on linoleum at the top picture in order not to waste paper?

Alice Young said...

Hi Quelle,
Denis was writing on a translucent polyester drafting film... demonstrating how the translucent sheets can be layered to create interesting textures. I've posted a close-up so you can see the effect more clearly.