About HandWords

Hand Words Publishing is a partnership of Art and Poetry created at Open Sky Studio & Gallery on the Gulf Coast of Florida. From its opening in 2008, the studio has produced and exhibited original fine art. Now, artist and poet, Percy Kleinops has joined artist, Suzanne Murphy to introduce HandWords tm Companion Poem Cards tm, small stand-alone cards designed to slip into any blank note or greeting card for Say It with PoemÔ. Pick a Card – Add a Poem tm. Our studio exists to inspire the minds and capture the hearts of our clients and customers with art and poetry to guide them through the journey of finding what is right for them.  

Hand Words Publishing also published Percy’s first book of Art & Poetry, To Keep Us Human. His second book, Our Hearts Beat the Same, a poets view of diversity yet the sameness in us is planned to be available in later winter 2020.

About Poem Cards

Percy’s statement as a poet:

Celebrating life’s milestones, joys, love, and special moments are interpreted from my own life’s journey onto my poem cards. A sprinkling of laughter and fun finds its way there too.

Our Poem cards are offered with envelops. We also offer Poem Cards with a Tie for the convenience of tying the poem cards to gifts, such a wine, gifts and flowers. We hope you enjoy your journey to finding the right poem card to say what you want. Should you have topics for which you would like us to write a poem or two, please let us know. For our retail customers the header below is offered in a variety of sizes and options. Please contact us for more information

About Our Note and Greeting Cards

Our new fine art note and greeting cards include the series The WaterBabies by artist Suzanne Elizabeth Murphy. Suzanne’s fine art can be viewed on her website SuzanneElizabethMurphy.com

Artist Suzanne Elizabeth Murphy:

As a child, I was drawn into the world of visual storytelling by 20th century illustrators such as N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. My influences broadened to painters like Degas, Sargent and Sorolla. My theatre studies taught me the power of body language, the drama of lighting, informing my work as I paint the stories of people in portraits and landscapes as intimate as a thought, a wish, a memory. 

I often use my camera first to document the physical. Then in my studio, with charcoal, canvas and oil paint, I attempt to unveil that quality that urged me to take the picture. I listen for silent voices in the stillness of a pose, the nuance of a gesture or colors that quiet the mind. Then I begin.

Like the Big Bang, beginnings have energy. Laying out a palette of seven colors and white, I mix from scratch, not relying on premixed colors. The first strokes, the first colors are when anything is possible. I rush to cover the emptiness with first impressions. My brush on canvas finds its rhythm.

My paintings are my essays, my poetry and, ultimately, my autobiography. They are what I feel in the world. I am happiest with my work when I have painted the invisible which resonates in someone else’s heart. 

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

The Note Card and Greeting Cards also include art from Percy Kleinops. His art can be viewed on his website PercyKleinops.com

Artist Percy Kleinops:

Art came to my hand late in life. My first canvas was “Art Set” on iPad. My first brush was my finger. I was rewarded to see my inner self in bright wonderful colors flowing into shapes and combining to produce new colors. My iPad canvas worked well with my business travels around the country. Experimenting with recreating what I saw and felt during these trips became my passion.

After over 100 digital works I was encouraged to try the canvas. It has been a love affair ever since. The reality of portraits, still life, landscapes etc. did not find a place within me. My soul wanted more, to bring to life what has not been seen or recorded with shapes and colors that fill my soul with joy.

I marveled at Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Kandinski and currently Chihuly. Their inspiration has led me to want color, lots of color, with an inviting occasional side trip to play with values using a monochromatic pallet. My journey continues with new discoveries coming from within with delightful surprises as my reword.

My poetry found its way to me in 2017 to my great delight. I now paint my poems or my art inspires my poems. They have become one