Friday, February 1, 2013

Flourishing Workshop with Kathy Milici

Last weekend I attended a flourishing workshop with Kathy Milici.  Kathy is known for her extravagantly flourished work, and I wanted to know how she makes it look so effortless.  Her technique is totally different from Michael Sull's, a workshop I attended in November.  It was wonderful to get a feel for both. 

 Here's my first exercise...flourishing my name in an oval.  This was a rough, done with pencil.  The flourish on the t was meant to balance out the lower bowl of the J.  It's a little awkward.  It seems that every name or phrase I selected had its difficult parts.

Later, we selected a classmate's name to letter and flourish.  These were also done in pencil and then inked.  This was a fairly quick exercise.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture without the pencil rough showing through. 


The above is another classmate's version of the same exercise.

Another exercise on  day one was this one.  Kathy did the first flourish, and we each added a flourish to hers on the otherwise blank paper.  The photo above shows Kathy's flourish and mine.  The photo below shows the finished exercise.  Kathy elaborated on the flourishes and added the script.

Above, Donna Hacker, Kathy Milici and moi.  Day one of the workshop was "The Flourished Name", day two was about the business side of art, and both were practical and entertaining too.

 This is a view from the parking garage at Nashville's downtown Sheraton Hotel where Donna and I stayed.  Foggy day.  The drive down for me was delayed due to a little ice storm that closed I-65 South for the morning.

These cute letters decorate the wall across from the entrance at Paper and Ink Arts, where the workshop was held.

  This carved piggy was part of a collection of pigs (including one very naughty one) on the kitchen bar at the fabulous City House restaurant where Donna and I ate dinner on Saturday night.  We were able to watch the kitchen crew toss the pizza crusts and heat up the kitchen in general with high flames under the pots.  I tasted Donna's octopus, and I ate the best pizza ever here - ham belly with egg on top, Sicilian style.  It's not on the menu, you have to ask for it.  I'm so glad that Tom Lazzaro, owner of Lazzaroli Pasta Shop and Italian Market two blocks away recommended the restaurant and told me what to order.  Too bad Lazzaroli's had sold out (by noon) of the Mozzarella cheese Tom makes every Saturday morning, but Donna bought fresh pasta to take home.


  1. Sounds like a great time, including dinner, that pizza sounds incredible. Love the flourishes, just love the look of them makes me drool :-)

  2. Sounds like you all had fun! Love the photo of you and Kathy and Donna.

    1. Thanks, Toni! It was a very good weekend.