Calligraphy on Mat: Our dreams are as big as the Tuscan Sky

The calligraphy on this mat was commissioned by a client who wanted to add a special touch to her father-in-law's watercolor painting, as a donation for an elementary school auction. The names and the 'future occupations' of twenty-four young students were hand lettered around the inside edge of the triple mat, and a delightful poem about dreams and the Tuscan sky was lettered directly on the top mat. I used a warm brown ink to compliment the painting. This piece involved careful measuring and layout work, but the end result was worth the extra time, and the client was very happy. A few weeks later, I received a wonderful thank you card signed by each of the children, as well as confirmation that the piece had indeed sold. (Click on the images for larger views.)


Beth Lee said...

Nice work! And what a great idea for personalizing a painting. I don't think I would have been too enthusiastic about that commission, though -- it does look like a lot of measuring.

Lynne said...

Superb work on a trying subject..
I'm sure it has added a great deal of meaning for the owner of the piece.