I’ve spent most of this week working on visuals for a new presentation, The Journey from Grief to Gratitude, which I’ll be giving in Pennsylvania on Thursday. It’s a talk I’m giving in conjunction with my first book signing for the trade edition of When You Lose Someone You Love. For those who haven’t had a chance to see the book, I made a two minute video giving you a ‘sneak peek’ at what’s inside:
Everyone who comes to my presentation will get a free copy of the book. If you are in the Philadelphia area, and would like to attend, click this link for more information. For those who aren’t able to be there, I thought I’d share a few of the visuals I’ll be including in the PowerPoint.
Many calligraphers, myself included, consider themselves to be interpretive vehicles for whatever text they pen. One of the reasons that I prefer to letter words I’ve written myself, is that I know what I’m trying to convey, which helps me enhance the meaning visually. For example, I’ll be using the image below when I discuss different ways to prepare for ‘firsts’ (the first time you do something without your loved one). I wanted to create an image which was gloomy, and somewhat unpredictable, so I picked a blue-grey palette for the piece. I drew different-sized bouncy letters for the word ‘FIRSTS’ to convey shakiness, and turned the ‘I’ into a candle, to represent ‘one’ or ‘first’. Then I nestled the words ‘are SO hard’ underneath… with tears coming out of the word ‘SO’. I trailed the end of the ‘d’ off into a big, tangled knot, which I hope implies that ‘FIRSTS’ are so hard that you get tied up in knots just thinking about them. Then I digitally superimposed the lettering on a greyed-out watercolor wash. Lastly I added the words ‘plan ahead’ in a formal style in white, so they stand out. The message I’m trying to share visually is that when you know that something is going to be difficult, you need to plan ahead in order to minimize the emotional upheaval.
I’d love to know how you interpret the two pieces below: ‘Crossing the Great Divide’ and ‘Every Ending Leads to New Beginnings’… leave a comment letting me know what the pieces mean to you, and your name will be entered into a random drawing for a book of your choice from the Zenspirations® shop.
After the presentation in Ambler, I’m heading to Lancaster to meet with Wellspring, my gift industry licensee, and my publisher, Fox Chapel, to discuss new products and books. I’d welcome new product ideas, so please let me know what you’d like me to work on, so I can share your thoughts during the upcoming product development meetings.
I’ll be writing next week’s blog from Lancaster, Pennsylvania… and hope to be able to share photos of the book signing and presentation.