Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Caileen asked me to take the commission for the Rose scroll and although I was swamped at the time I could not say no to her. Saying no to Caileen is like saying no to your sweet grandma wrapped in a hurricane because she is a darling and a force of nature in one.
I had been toying with the knot-worked calligraphy from the Mira Calligraphae Monumenta for some time and decided this would be a good piece. I selected three of Hoefnagel's roses pictured in separate parts of the book and paired them with the knot-worked calligraphy. In the calligraphy, the award text was not long enough to create the cross shape so I added in lines from a medieval poem that I cannot recall.
The calligraphy on the curves was not easy and I recall not being entirely happy with it but the illuminations helped me to feel better about the piece as a whole.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Materials: watercolor gouache, various period pigments, pergamenata, gold leaf, gold ink, ink
Face details on angels and central figure: Mistress Finneadan
Text Translation to Russian: Master Octavio de Flores
Calligraphy and Illumination: Maol Mide
The original icon upon which this is based was executed by Russion iconographer Andrei Rublev who lived from the 1360's until about 1427 in Moscow. The image is based upon the icon "Christ in Glory" which is a motif that Rublev replicated within his own works. The figure of Christ seated within a red diamond upon a blue oval bordered with a red curving-sided rectangle and gilding was painted several times by Rublev with variation in the details.
The halo of the central figure has been removed and the details in the four corners of the red have been adjusted to Pelicans. One of the angel faces has been replaced with Jack from Nightmare After Christmas. The text in the book was a last minute addition not pictured here but it was a Latin equivalent of ‘Give him the bird’, which is a joke we have used on several Pelican scrolls in the past.
Friday, August 28, 2009
The image is based upon the icon "Christ in Glory" which is a motif that Rublev replicated within his own works. The figure of Christ seated within a red diamond upon a blue oval bordered with a red curving-sided rectangle and gilding was painted several times by Rublev with varietion in the details. This is my own variation of his work.