Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy

Stationery Selections - "2015 CALENDAR"

2015 Calendar Front 2015 Calendar ~ March
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The theme of our 2015 Literary Calligraphy® calendar is literary leaves. Twelve of Susan Loy's hand-lettered and illustrated watercolors feature writings about leaves or trees, including Whitman's "We Two," Stevens's "O Florida," Emerson's "To Celebrate Our Friendship," Wordworth's "Tintern Abbey," Keats's "A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy for Ever," Thoreau's "A Virtuous Red Maple," Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Shakespeare's Sonnet 73," Southey's "Holly Tree," Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, the Traditional Irish Blessing with its bright green shamrock leaves, and for Susan Loy collectors, a never-before-published piece showcasing a passage from Thoreau's journal entry on July 20, 1853, "The gentle susurrus from the leaves of the trees on the shore is very enlivening, as if Nature were freshening, awakening to some enterprise." Each month displays a different full-page image on the top, with a full-page monthly grid below that includes past and future months, lunar phases, holidays, and quotations from writers on their birthdays or from their journals about leaves or trees. The 12" x 12" format opens to 12" x 24" – large enough to display intricate detail and allow ample room for jotting down important dates. Our 19th calendar is an economical way to enjoy Susan Loy's Literary Calligraphy® artwork. We produce the entire calendar in-house and have it printed on heavy, glossy paper by Bison Printing in Bedford County, Virginia. Made in USA.

Susan Loy explains, "The year begins with "To Every Thing There Is a Season" from Ecclesiastes, illustrated with a wreath made up of leaves from eighteen different trees derived from an ancient tree alphabet. February features two oak leaves and Whitman's poem, "We Two," from Leaves of Grass. March celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the traditional Irish blessing that begins, "May the road rise to meet you," and my drawing of two species of shamrock. Bracts are special kinds of leaves that are often mistaken for flowers; bougainvillea's bracts are paper-thin and colorful. Wallace Stevens included the bougainvillea in his description of the porches of Key West, featured in April. May celebrates friendship with a letter that Emerson wrote to Margaret Fuller that mentions the laurel, olive, and palm. June showcases lines from Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey and his depiction of a perfect summer day "under this dark sycamore" where "all which we behold is full of blessings." July debuts a never-before-published piece based on Thoreau's description of the gentle susurrus from the leaves of the trees. August presents Keats's poem that begins "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" and promises a quiet bower, the leafy Virgin's bower, "full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing." Thoreau's journal entry from September 27, 1857 describes in detail the virtues of the red maple, Acer rubrum. October presents Frost's "The Road Not Taken;" Loy chose two species of maple, the common sugar maple and the less common black maple, to represent Frost's yellow wood. Shakespeare's take on autumn and aging, "that time of year thou mayst in me behold when yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang upon those boughs," is shown in November with yellow filbert leaves and other autumn flowers. The year closes with holly and a line from Southey's "The Holly Tree." Holly has been used in winter celebrations since ancient times; in the Victorian Language of Flowers it means foresight or domestic happiness."

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