Seek His Face


I had an epiphany about spacing Copperplate (this style of calligraphy) after taking a masterclass with Pat Blair, who for many years was the head White House calligrapher.  She likes the shades (thick parts) of her script to be like a picket fence, which lends consistency and sophistication to a body of text. I think the best way to learn a certain style is to create a finished piece; it makes the stakes higher and you have to work out all the potential problem areas before committing to that first mark on the final piece.   I decided to “practice” by making this piece and liked it well enough to finish it off with metallic blue and gold accents.


Digital print, 11×14”

Open edition


Original is 11×14”

Fine tec watercolor, gouache, bleedproof white, 23k gold leaf (on Instacoll) on black Canson Mi-Teintes paper

The text is from the 1845 hymn Sweet Hour of Prayer by William W. Walford.


And since he bids me seek his face,

believe his word, and trust his grace,

I’ll cast on him my every care,

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer


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