Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Penmanship • Seaweeds to Flourish

We were strolling along the sandy shore of Moonstone Beach the other day, looking for interesting objects in the sand and hoping to catch a glimpse of a whale or dolphin off shore.  Unfortunately we saw no ocean mammals on this morning, but as always we found our share of small shells, sea glass and opportunities to photograph the unique images of the changing shore.

These two little remnants of seaweed brought back a thought I have had for years about how the ocean contains so many vessels of creativity for us humans -- who emerged from the sea so many eons ago!

I went through some online archives to find these lovely images of flourishes from masters of penmanship. 

Beautiful penmanship is an art that seems to be lost by us, or at least a skill that is fading into the background in today's email and twitter world. Learning to write using the classic Palmer Method was not an option in the missionary school I grew up in back in Hawaii -- not that many years ago I'll have you know!  My handwriting is lousy, but I really treasure examples of beautiful calligraphy, neat penmanship and the flair with which our forefathers put words to paper.  In researching penmanship and flourishes, I found this fantastic website with images, information and links  about wonderful artistic penmanship -- International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH). 

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