The Fine Art of Calligraphy … and Fine Dining

Fine Writing

Calligraphy is a fine art.  Some of the most visually appealing and visually stunning text utilizes the art of calligraphy.

Many years ago, I bought my first calligraphy pen.  I never once used it for its intended purpose and eventually, I tossed it because I hadn’t used it in years.  Fast forward at least 5 years, I found myself joining a friend to take a calligraphy writing class at the Paper Source on Smith Street in Brooklyn.

Being an avid crafter, I must say, this was one of the most challenging crafts I have ever tried and not completely succeed at by the end of the class. I went in with extremely high hopes that I would be a master calligrapher by the end of the class and that just didn’t happened.  However, I wasn’t discouraged that this happened because I learned a few major things about calligraphy: 1) when beginning to learn calligraphy, how you hold the pen is very important (the tip of the pen when lightly pressed against paper should leave a mark with the line slanted up at approximately 45 degrees); 2) even the best calligraphers had to practice, practice, practice to make perfect; and 3) not to be discouraged by imperfections; no two hand drawn letters/numbers will be exactly the same.

By the end of the class, I was able to write my name in what I consider decent calligraphy.

Fine Dining

After the calligraphy class, my friend and I was joined by her lovely fiance for dinner. We took a short walk to Hunter’s restaurant. This unassuming restaurant served up fine local fare in a very warm and inviting environment.

I loved the fact that their water jugs were former Bulleit Rye Whiskey bottles.

For dinner we all had very different dishes.

I had the mushroom pot pie. This pot pie had huge chunks of mushrooms and sweet potato with a very light and flaky top.  My friend and her fiance had the rolled stuffed pork chop and the Yankee style braised beef.  This meal did not disappoint.

Overall, it was a really wonderful night.




  1. I’m a painter/illustrator, a musician and an art and music teacher. About thirty years ago I joined a calligraphy class. I was the best in the class because of my painting and drawing background and produced some fine works. This said I found calligraphy the most difficult art that I’ve have ever studied. It’s a very exacting art that requires a lot of training and discipline. It’s very similar to meditation and for this reason it can be very soothing. It also boosts patience. Nowadays I don’t practice it any more but having studied it at least gave me a lovely handwriting, Practice it with all sorts of writing instruments too such as pencils and biros like if you were doing some loose drawings. it will give you a freedom of expression that you can’t get it straight away with a rigid calligraphic pen. I remember that I used to practice it freely and loosely with biros without bothering about the thick and thins strokes on newspapers before throwing them away.


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