The Fine Art of Calligraphy … and Fine Dining

Fine Writing

Calligraphy is a fine art.  Some of the most visually appealing and visually stunning text utilizes the art of calligraphy.

Many years ago, I bought my first calligraphy pen.  I never once used it for its intended purpose and eventually, I tossed it because I hadn’t used it in years.  Fast forward at least 5 years, I found myself joining a friend to take a calligraphy writing class at the Paper Source on Smith Street in Brooklyn.

Being an avid crafter, I must say, this was one of the most challenging crafts I have ever tried and not completely succeed at by the end of the class. I went in with extremely high hopes that I would be a master calligrapher by the end of the class and that just didn’t happened.  However, I wasn’t discouraged that this happened because I learned a few major things about calligraphy: 1) when beginning to learn calligraphy, how you hold the pen is very important (the tip of the pen when lightly pressed against paper should leave a mark with the line slanted up at approximately 45 degrees); 2) even the best calligraphers had to practice, practice, practice to make perfect; and 3) not to be discouraged by imperfections; no two hand drawn letters/numbers will be exactly the same.

By the end of the class, I was able to write my name in what I consider decent calligraphy.

Fine Dining

After the calligraphy class, my friend and I was joined by her lovely fiance for dinner. We took a short walk to Hunter’s restaurant. This unassuming restaurant served up fine local fare in a very warm and inviting environment.

I loved the fact that their water jugs were former Bulleit Rye Whiskey bottles.

For dinner we all had very different dishes.

I had the mushroom pot pie. This pot pie had huge chunks of mushrooms and sweet potato with a very light and flaky top.  My friend and her fiance had the rolled stuffed pork chop and the Yankee style braised beef.  This meal did not disappoint.

Overall, it was a really wonderful night.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m a painter/illustrator, a musician and an art and music teacher. About thirty years ago I joined a calligraphy class. I was the best in the class because of my painting and drawing background and produced some fine works. This said I found calligraphy the most difficult art that I’ve have ever studied. It’s a very exacting art that requires a lot of training and discipline. It’s very similar to meditation and for this reason it can be very soothing. It also boosts patience. Nowadays I don’t practice it any more but having studied it at least gave me a lovely handwriting, Practice it with all sorts of writing instruments too such as pencils and biros like if you were doing some loose drawings. it will give you a freedom of expression that you can’t get it straight away with a rigid calligraphic pen. I remember that I used to practice it freely and loosely with biros without bothering about the thick and thins strokes on newspapers before throwing them away.


    1. controversialcook,

      Thank you for your comment. It has given me another perspective to look at while focusing on improving my calligraphy.


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