When I was a child, I loved to draw, and I saw writing as another means of creating art on paper. Learning about calligraphy was a natural extension of my interest in beautiful writing; after all, the word calligraphy comes from two Greek words which roughly translate to 'artistic beauty' and 'writing' or 'drawing'.
My love for calligraphy inspired a post in November on Barbara Barry and her calligraphic inspiration. One of my readers speculated that the painting in the image below was created by Elliott Puckette. I am not so sure....
A few of my favorites:
Below is a picture from a recent Saks Fifth Avenue in store vignette. I thought this was so beautiful, both original and classic, yet modern at the same time (with such a typically American motto: Want It!).
I particularly enjoy initials inspired by originals from illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. In fact, many of the ornamental flourishes have their origin with the style in which the initial letter of a page or chapter was drawn with great flourishes and decoration. Ornamented initials are truly little works of art.