28 March 2011

Adolf Bernd and Peter Thornton

New Orleans Lettering Arts Association had the pleasure of hosting a weekend workshop with Peter Thornton. Peter is an amazing calligrapher and teacher. If you ever have the opportunity to study from him, jump at it.

The first two days we studied the work of the german artist Adolf Bernd. His work is intriguing both in design and color. The colors are subtle and very natural. One of our assignments was to bring in a natural object, study it and match the colors. My object was an oyster. You would be amazed at all the colors in the outer shell of an oyster. Flip it over and there you have an entirely new and different set of colors. This study of color has sparked an interest in me. I have been furiously working on a new body of work that will be exhibited in May.


  1. Great post, Jo! Love the inspiration from natural colors and can't wait to see more from it.

  2. Wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing your new work!

  3. Wonderful work, thank you for sharing...