for the love of letters…
Some people find their passion in baking, others in singing, piano, sports, running and even shopping. Some people are passionate about shoes, books, or jewelry.
For a long time I struggled to find something I was truly passionate about. I thought for a bit that cooking was my match. I was destined to bake. But 100 burnt and tasteless cookies later, I didn’t need anyone to tell me “baking wasn’t my thing”. The smell in the house was a dead giveaway.
Then one November afternoon, I was at the mall shopping for a friend’s birthday gift and came up with nothing. Typical for the small Athens mall that had one “cool” store, Victoria’s Secret. My friend was a male, needless to say, it was not a good match. On my way home from my unsuccessful trip, I stopped by Hobby Lobby and planned on getting him a small piece of art for his new apartment.
I never found the pre-made art section of Hobby Lobby, instead I ended up in la-la land fascinated with the paint, ink, paper and canvas isles. It was then that my journey began.
My passion for watercolors and letters didn’t come to me overnight…it was a process. I spent many nights frustrated with acrylics, oil and letters, that I swear came straight from hell. But even in the most frustrating nights, I loved what I was doing. I loved who I was when the brush hit the canvas and colors melted together. I loved my thoughts as I watched the ink flow on the paper making letters come to life. It’s something you feel. It’s something I still feel, everyday.
I found my passion in watercolors and letters. And now, my quest is to make my passion my business.
My favorite letter is lowercase p. Most people and calligraphers don’t like the letter “p”. It’s open and spacious. It doesn’t look like the “p” we typically use, because it doesn’t close. It lacks the flourish of uppercase letters and lacks the definition of lowercase letters.
And I love the “p” for all of these reasons. It’s difficult and stubborn, yet it is open and vulnerable. Perhaps, you don’t share my love for letters, and that’s fine. But regardless, the letter “p” is always the first step in writing passion…and for this, I love it.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau
Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~Arthur Buddhold