Handwriting analysis results: Tracy

Here’s some leftovers from Handwriting Analysis week on accounta it turned out to be so popular.   My toes are fixing to freeze again, so I’ll have to do these the quick ‘n’ dirty way.

Tracy sent me her sample, and here it is.

Tracy's handwriting sample

Tracy has a distinctive, almost calligraphic writing style that suggests artistic ability.

The rolled T-bars indicate a jolly sense of humor.

Her baselines slope upward, which shows that she’s optimistic about the future.

The letterforms are somewhat angular, which suggests tension and/or some force to the personality.  Maybe she’s a really assertive librarian.   Nobody talks above a whisper in her library!

The high t-bars show high goals and a lofty imagination.

Mostly disconnected letters show an intuitive thinker.

Simplified capitals show someone who is literary.

Long lower loops indicate some kind of interest in physical or material things, but many of these loops are unclosed, which indicate frustration there.


By the way, it is normal for our handwriting to deviate from what we were taught as children.  The more that happens, the more we’ve grown as individuals.  “Perfect” handwriting is for the unimaginative conformists of the world.

Questions?  Comments?  That’s what the comment box is for.

Sundays with Clyfford Still: Clyff’s writing analyzed (1)

Welcome to Sundays with Clyfford Still.   I’m your host, M.K.  Hajdin.

This is post 1 of a series.  Click here to read them all.

All this week here at Exiled Star(dust) we’ve been doing handwriting analysis, and I am very pleased to be able to tell you that I’ve finally located a handwriting sample of Clyfford Still.  Now we can end the week with a bang.

Our sample is a letter written by Still to Jackson Pollock, and comes to us courtesy of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Clyfford Still letter to Jackson Pollock page 1

Clyfford Still letter to Jackson Pollock page 1

Letter from Clyfford Still to Jackson Pollock, page 2

Letter from Clyfford Still to Jackson Pollock, page 2

The text of the letter reads:

October 29/53

Dear Jack

Went up to Janis’ gallery with Barney the other day and took the liberty of pushing into the office to see some of the paintings you did this summer.

What each work said, what its position, what each achieved, you must know.  But above all these details and intentions the great thing, to me, came through.

It was that here a man had been at work, at the profoundest work a man can do, facing up to what he is and aspires to.

(page 2)

I left the room with the gratitude and renewal of courage that always comes at such moments.  This is just my way of saying thanks, and the hope that some of my work has brought some of the same to you.

Clyff Still

48 Cooper Sq.


Analysis of the writing:

The first impression I get from the writing is of a keen, inquisitive mind.   The writing is very elongated in the upper and lower zones and the middle zone is shrunk almost to nothing.  Here’s a diagram of the zones as they are used in handwriting analysis:

Handwriting zones

The middle zone has to do with our social selves, and the people around us.  Still’s middle zone suggests he disliked socializing generally and would only do so if it were truly necessary.  He was not the kind of person who would join others just to avoid being alone, or tolerate idle chatter. He did not allow himself to be dictated to by other people.    A small middle zone also shows the ability to concentrate.  He could shut out others completely and focus entirely on his work.

Clyfford Still's lower loops show frustration

Lower loops showing frustration

The lower zone is longest.  It has to do with physical and material things, our bodies, sex, and the subconscious.   The long simplified loops show a strong interest here, but the loops either don’t close at all or close below the baseline, which shows  frustration or denial.  Also they’re turned in the opposite direction of the usual loop, which shows an independent approach to the subject.

The upper zone is nearly as long as the lower zone and is much much larger than the middle zone.   This zone has to do with the imagination, intellect and spirit.  Here we find long, closed loops which indicate both interest and fulfillment in these areas of life.

Clyfford Still's upper loops

Upper loops show imagination

Margins are even and narrow,  there are large spaces between words :  this was a man who would push into other people’s spaces if he felt the need, but required much space for himself.

The baseline is mostly even,  showing good self-control.

Clyfford Still's leading strokes

Letters begin with leading strokes



Long beginning strokes on some letters indicate procrastination.  Clyff could take a while to get started, but once going could keep it up for a long time.



Speed and flow are both very high, suggesting a quick thinker and eloquent communicator with a great deal of energy, both mental and physical.

Big loops on the t-bar stems show combativeness – ready for an argument or fight.  The big loop on the d shows a sensitivity to criticism.

The long, firm, energetic t-bar crossings show a strong will and assertiveness.

Clyfford Still's long T-bars

Long T-bars show confidence

Some of the t-bars sharpen towards the end, indicating a sharp tongue and a critical nature.  Others are heavy and tilted downward towards the right, which shows aggression.

Clyfford Still's aggressive T-bars

Aggressive T-bars


Clyff's go-to-hell K

Clyff's go-to-hell K


More combativeness is shown in the letter k, which is abnormally large compared to the other letters.  This is known as a “go-to-hell K” because it shows a fiery, defiant spirit.  This was a man who wouldn’t suffer fools gladly.  Nobody could tell him what to do and he wouldn’t back down from a fight.

Clyff’s signature is consistent with the rest of his writing and shows that he did not wear a social mask; what you saw with him was pretty much what you got.

Clyfford Still signature

Clyfford Still signature

As with the rest of his writing:  great speed, penetrating intellect,  strong personality and much confidence is shown here.


Every week we like to show you a new image of Still and/or his work.  Today’s featured work comes to us via sapiroart and still_museum on Twitter.

ph-960, 1960

Contemplating Clyff at the Still Museum: ph-960, 1960

Thanks for joining us.

Come back next week at 7am (GMT) for more Sundays with Clyfford Still.

If you enjoyed this piece, please let me know in the comments box below. If you have any interesting tidbits or images about Clyff that you’d like to see featured, post a link to them in the comments (or tweet them to me with the hashtag #clyffordlove)  and I’ll see what I can do.

The view from my balcony #13: Deep Freeze edition

Balcony at dawn

Beautiful iridescent clouds over the frozen balcony

It’s -30 C.  For you Americans out there, that’s -22 F.

More frozen balcony goodness after the jump.

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Palettes of famous painters

Vincent Van Gogh's palette

Vincent Van Gogh's palette

Over at Retronaut they have a photo feature about the palettes of famous artists.  You can see the actual palettes used by Delacroix, Renoir, Degas, SeuratMoreau, Gauguin, and this one by Van Gogh.

The palettes themselves are interesting little works of abstract art, with random their swirls of color.  It is amusing how even Seurat’s palette looks pontillist: he’s laid out his colors in neat little dots.

Next time I’m scraping the dried paint off my palette with a knife and cursing myself for letting it get that way, I’ll remember how many other artists, even famous ones, didn’t clean their palettes either.  Maybe this is the universe’s way of saying it has big plans for me.

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Handwriting analysis results: Ster

-30 C outside, can’t feel my toes, can’t feel my ankles either.  I am sitting here in my nightgown and winter coat.

The radiators going full blast, even the oven is turned on and opened up, and I am still freezing.  This would be an excellent opportunity to work on that novel about Scott’s last Antarctic expedition that I was planning, but I have to finish up some things first.  Namely, the last of the handwriting analyses.

If I somehow missed anybody who wanted an analysis, do not despair.  Just hang on to your samples because I might do handwriting analysis week again in a month or two.  Right now I am about analyzed OUT.

Here is Ster’s analysis, a quick and dirty one before I succumb to hypothermia.

Ster's handwriting sample

Ster’s writing looks an awful lot like mine.

The analysis:

Large writing:  a big-picture person

Concave t-bars:  good sense of humor

Large upper zone:  the main focus of interest is in the realm of imagination

De-emphasized lower zone:   Not much interested in the physical; non-materialistic

Upright slant occasionally tilting backward:  Rational, sometimes a little shy, changeable mood

Rounded letters:  kind, tolerant, easygoing

Simplified capitals:  Literary, unpretentious

Looped but open letters:  has difficulty keeping secrets.  Tries, but things just slip out.

Even baseline with slight ascension: good self-discipline, optimistic

Needle-pointed top of m and n:  curiosity, natural detective, desire to dig deep for answers

Both connected and unconnected letters:  A mix of rational and intuitive thinking styles, mostly intuitive

Now I’m frozen up to my knees so I must really stop here.  I hope you’ve gotten something out of this, Ster!

Handwriting analysis results: Raven

I have just finished doing my blog feature for tomorrow, it is -30 C outside and I am sitting here with rapidly freezing feet, so this has to be  a quick and dirty handwriting analysis.

Here we have Raven:

Raven's handwriting sample

Raven's handwriting sample

Raven’s writing reminds me of my high school friend Erin.  The notes we used to write each other!  Anyway, here we go with the analysis:

Rounded handwriting:  Gentle,  kind nature

Double looped letter o suggests that Raven has some secrets.

Slightly forward slant indicates friendliness and talkativeness

Connected letters indicate a logical, structured approach to problem solving

Low t-bars suggest self-esteem issues and the need to set higher goals for oneself

The flat topped r shows manual dexterity, the ability to build with the hands.

The I gesturing at itself shows the desire to be noticed

I can’t tell much about mood because this is written on lined paper which messes up the baseline.  Nor can I analyze the margins, because it’s a poem and not a letter so the margins aren’t natural.

Some lower loops closed, some open:  Physical desire is present, some of it gratified, some not

Pointed upper loops and tops of m’s and n’s indicate curiosity and the desire for knowledge.

My toes are going numb and I still have to do Ster’s analysis so I must end here.  Hope you got something out of this, Raven!