Colleen Wilcox

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I'm a photographer, hand letterer & designer with a case of wanderlust & a longing for adventure & exploration.

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“And yet the place establishes an interest in people’s hearts; go where they will, they find no city of the same distinction.” – Robert Louis Stevenson | Edinburgh is full of fantastic experiences, of which we’ve enjoyed many. I thought this quote was appropriate seeing as we visited the Writer’s Museum today and learned about Stevenson, author of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. However, I wanted to focus on the delicious food we’ve had here – mostly pizza, at this wonderful place on Rose Street, @doughpizza_scotland . Also pictured are macaroni and chips, the most delicious fish and chips in St. Andrews, and afternoon tea!
“On the Old Course at St. Andrews: This is the origin of the game, golf in its purest form, and it's still played that way on a course seemingly untouched by time. Every time I play here, it reminds me that this is still a game.” – Arnold Palmer | We are not big golfers,  but it was still very cool and humbling to see the Old Course! We enjoyed walking around the quaint city, exploring the castle, the cathedral, the pubs and the wonderful bookstore of St. Andrews today. Hope you had a grand day too!
“Beautiful city of Edinburgh, most wonderful to be seen; with your ancient palace of Holyrood and Queen’s Park Green...” – William McGonagall | This verse from Scotland’s proclaimed worst poet does speak some truth. Reed and I hiked up to Arthur’s Seat this afternoon, situated in the lovely, green Holyrood Park. Though the clouds were rolling in, the views were still very rewarding. We treated ourselves to some delicious Scotch afterwards! 🥃
“It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them; and Arthur’s Seat was perfect witchcraft. I don’t wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.” – Washington Irving | Along with a slight foray into the highlands, we explored some of the amazing Scottish castles today, including the famous and beautiful Doune Castle. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones, and Outlander have been filmed here! We hope to hike up Arthur’s Seat tomorrow. Stay tuned!
“The Scots think of it as their capital; they’re too possessive, Edinburgh belongs to the world.” – Richard Demarco | And their beer deserves to be shared. These are the brews we had today, each better than the last, all Scottish, all at fun, unique pubs! Pictured: Innis & Gunn, a beer called Edinburgh Castle (& Reed’s Guinness), and Nicholson’s. The last two were on nitro and they were delicious!
“Edinburgh is a hotbed of genius.” –Tobias Smollett | I am loving all the hand-lettered pub signs here in Scotland. Inspiration is everywhere! #handlettering #edinburgh
“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” - Alexander McCall Smith | Though we’re exhausted, we are loving the sights of Edinburgh so far! I’ve already found a lot of Harry Potter places to keep me happy 😍
Hand-lettered Michigan Design: final product! What do you think? #handlettering #create
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” –Christopher Morley | I ran in the Sherburne Library’s .5K Dash for Donuts this morning, and man, was it awesome. It’s so fun to do the silly things! I got to eat donuts, drink beer, support the library & come home with a medal! Winning all around on this fine Saturday. 😂🍩🍺
Here are my final hand-lettered lines in the upper peninsula of Michigan. This will be my 22nd state; I’m making progress on my goal of hand-lettering all 50 states one day! #work #handlettering #michigan #goals
Indiana will soon be available as a card and print in my #etsy shop! What do you think of the colors? #handlettering #handcrafted #indiana
Another New State is almost complete! Indiana is the latest addition to my collection of Hand-Lettered State shapes. Keep an eye out for the final, colored product later today! #handlettering #artistofinstagram #workinprogress