Monday, August 31, 2009

Angel in the Vines

I worked on this little miniature this morning. It is from a Renaissance Italian manuscript. If you look in the margins of the illuminated manuscripts you often find little cherubs climbing the vines. The size of this miniature illumination is 3"x3.3".

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Working on Odyssey 2010 class

Getting some flourishes ready for the Odyssey 2010 calligraphy conference. If the class fills I will be teaching contemporary offhand flourishing techniques. This is a sneak peek at one of the designs for my notes.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Illumination Class Day 5

Here is my final illumination of the weeklong class. I finished him when I got home. This miniature is based on a 15th century Hebrew manuscript. It was a great week. Sadly putting my paints aside for now.

Illumination Class Retrospective

Always sad to finish a week of instruction and come home to the daunting task of unpacking. After 30 hours of painting time this week, I was hoping to have more to show. I have two miniatures I would like to complete before morning and then back into my regular routine of pointed pen work. It was a great little diversion this week. I love the world of colour but the brush seems less responsive to me than the pointed pen. I hope to be able to keep practicing these illumination techniques before our next class date in October.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Illumination Class Day Four

This is my tribute to the artistry of Walter Crane. This miniature is larger than I normally like to work. He is nearly 5 inches tall but he was a joy to paint today.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day Three Illumination Class

Today we worked on high realism illumination techniques. The images are painted on top of gold gouache rather than having gold leaf applied to the background. Shadow effects are added with burnt sienna and burnt umber. Loved today's techniques. Not sure this viola or little butterfly are actually realistic, but the painting techniques were fun!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Illumination Class: Day One

This week I will be studying illumination techniques with Debbie Thompson Wilson. Today we worked on Romanesque illumination. This style uses a limited, bright palette. We did some painting experiments to get the gradation effects of the bright colours and then worked on this small dragon eating a cluster of fruit. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Only Believe

Had a fun flourishing day today. This piece is done on diploma parchment with best bottle ink. Just experimenting with the ink to see what it is capable of.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Flourish for my Father in Law

Sending a flourish in the mail today hoping it will cheer up my Father in law.