taken some calligraphy classes and I'm still not as good as
I think I should be, after I've been writing the alphabet since
kindergarten, how come I can't do this?
Slower than I thought
wonder if you would be asking this question if you were taking
piano lessons or a foreign language? (You have been speaking
since you were a year old but it doesn't help much when you're
learning another language). Just because you learned handwriting
in Kindergarten and have been writing ever since doesn't mean
that calligraphy will be learned effortlessly and in no time.
It's drawing letters to begin with and must be taken slowly
and meticulously if you want to have a good foundation in letterforms.
Besides I think its enjoyable to "Just Do It" It can
be very meditative if you let it be. Relax and Enjoy the Process.
Someday when you feel really satisfied with your calligraphy.
(I'm still waiting for that day) you'll realize that it isn't
the end result that was the best part, it was the journey. I
have flat flies filed with finished pieces, so it wasn't that
I had room on my walls at home to fill but that I just liked
expressing my creativity through calligraphy and the related
arts. The friends and colleagues I've made through calligrapy
is far more important than whether I make a perfect letter or
learn very quickly.
suggestion is to be sure and find good teachers. Ones who are
commiitted to teaching the basics well. Listen to them and do
your homework. Anything worth doing will take study and practice.
But in a relatively short time you will be doing some really
nice stuff and will probably surprise yourself! Give yourself
time to do this, it's one of those things that FILLS YOUR CUP
instead of draining your energy.