Well, it turns out that writing with a chiseled marker from an art store is NOT the same thing as Chinese calligraphy. That was a painful surprise. We used a brush and ink, which I have done many times in the past (although never before with an authentic calligraphy brush from China), but we were expected to produce uniform lines. Uniform! As in all the same width. That’s not what calligraphy is, I thought. Haven’t you seen wedding invitations done in calligraphy?
Making art takes time, attention, and funding. Making a living often gets in the way. Must artists be of two minds, two personalities (or even two different people): the idealistic, playful, exploratory creator and the pragmatic entrepreneur?