One of my favorite ways to work with calligraphy is to make layers of letters and words,
which creates visual depth, but also some kind of energetic depth as well.
It’s not uncommon for me to paint over words, so that they’re no longer visible. Even out of sight, their energy still resides in the final work and contributes to it in some subtle way. In a practice piece like this, it’s also a way to continue writing words even though all the “space” has been taken up on the page. It means I can continue the rhythm of practice, even after the sheet is filled.
Most of the text in this sheet comes from a W.B. Yeats poem called The Song of the Wandering Aengus.