As expressive calligraphers, we’re always working on the boundaries of legibility.

Gestural writing isn’t always meant to be easily legible.
I often like it when the viewer has to investigate a little more closely in order to make language sense of the marks.
At the extreme, it’s just the energy and design of the marks that makes it so compelling to look at.
But sometimes it can be difficult to give up legibility for the abstract. Once you begin with a letter form in mind, it can be difficult to let go of it.

This text is part of another common text that I use for morning practice.

“Like a flash of lighting in the dark of night, rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountainside.” sumi ink on Arches hotpress watercolor paper.