Kiwi! Apteryx and Actinidia, respectively.
Within this Dream, upon the fields of the Known World, each of us has the opportunity to become something more, something better. Inside ourselves we find a nobility and grace that we did not know that we possessed and with each year we shape our rough clay smooth, revealing a bright light inside. Some men, like our good Gõcauo Ramiriç, shine so bright that they help to guide us all toward something greater.
In his words and deeds are found the prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice that marks him as a peer of the realm. He embodies a courage, a faith and a quality of mercy that reveals him as a true Knight of our Known World. As such and in consort with the Order, We, the Crown Trimaris, find it right and proper to elevate Gõcauo Ramiriç to the most noble Order of the Chivalry so that all may known him as a peer of the realm and society. On this day we charge you to stand exemplar of the ideals in which we believe and never to hesitate to give your life in the just defense of God, your lord or your Kingdom Trimaris.
So done by our hand upon this 27th day of October in the year or our society XLVII.
Krotuas, Ceaser & Brenna, Empress
Design and Execution:
Design for this illumination inspired by the Nasrid plaster carvings and Kufic inscriptions at the Alhambra palace of Grenada.
Design and Layout: Mistress Maol and Mistress Finneadan
Illumination: Mistress Maol, Mistress Finneadan, HL Finnguala ingen Alisdair and HL Bronnach of Kildare
Calligraphy: HL Finnguala ingen Alisdair
Hours: Approximately 90ish
Notes: You know how every now and then I draw a line and say “I’m never doing this again”. Well, this is one of those times. Bringing light and depth to a monochromatic piece takes a lot of time and a lot of fiddling about with colors. Coaxing life and subtlety into this piece was a large chunk of the hours count. I’m really glad it is done and that Gõcauo likes it. However, I really no interest in seeing another image of plaster carving or of the Alhambra for quite some time.
If I lead old friends into the fray,Design and Execution:
I sing under the Shield,
And they fare into battle mighty and whole
and they fare from battle whole,
they are whole wherever they go.
------Havamal verse 156.
All men praise nobility and worth. It is most praiseworthy of a King and Queen to recognize the accomplishments and value of their people. Therefore, We, Duncan and Larissa, King and Queen of Trimaris, do demand that all people honor the valiant and true Lorcann an Dubhghaille for this day He is proclaimed Earl. Let all the honors, rights, and privileges of this lofty rank be his due. For this day He has done the most noble and honorable of deeds.He has returned the fair Kingdom of Trimaris to Us richer and mightier than when He first received its Crown. Done by our hand this second of April, A.S. XLV
|Generic butterfly pumpkin|
|Hand painted flower pendants|
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|Hand painted ceramic bud vases|
Produced circa 1440 in Utrecht by an anonymous Dutch artist known as the Master of Catherine of Cleves, this book includes beautiful tromp l’oeil borders and miniatures of increasing intricacy. This border is unique among design elements in the book.
Again, this piece was mainly done to get myself back into the design and styling needed for Kingdom use scrolls rather than intricate and elaborate commission pieces. Drawing, inking and illumination probably came to about 5-6 hours of work. I produced this page at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire while talking to guests so nailing down the time spent is really difficult. I turned the page in to the Chart Signet of Trimaris for general Kingdom use.
My Valentine’s Day present from John:
Inside the capitals are included elements of our SCA heraldry: his cross fleury and my compass star and butterfly. He had a small folder of research which included historical designs for the capitals and the heart which was inspired by a portion of a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. John also showed me a whitework design that he had intended for inside the heart of a pendant tulip hanging from the inverted point of the heart and lovebirds with overlapping tails turned away from each other but each glancing back to regard the other. I hope some day to see that in paint and not just pencil.
Not surprisingly, there were tears.
Thank you my darling. I <3 you too.
A few weeks ago I spent a weekend doing a demo of illumination at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville FL. The SCA demo area looked fantastic and we had a great range of arts and crafts on display including spinning, weaving, embroidery, dying, blacksmithing, metal casting, cooking, illumination and more.
While painting I easily talked to a hundred people over the weekend who were specifically interested in the scribal arts of the middle ages. One of my favorites was a girl of about seven who brought every member of her family over to see me and later told me “I think you are amazing at painting and also a very nice lady”. Precious. Shockingly, I managed to entirely finish one new piece and make it 80% of the way through a second even though I was constantly stopping to talk to guests.
Thanks again to the Barony of An Crosaire for being so welcoming and accommodating. Special thanks to Thalassia for the bed and to Finnguala, Thalassia and Ryan for the great company!
Time spent on these illuminations is a funny thing as the great effort of these pieces is somewhat devalued by the fact that they are handed out by the King and Queen free of charge to recipients. Scribes are the only artisans who are regularly expected to give away their art. This is why, years ago, I lobbied for and was granted Kingdom funds to purchase scribal supplies for members of the Trimaris College of Scribes and thankfully this funding is still being provided. We sometimes hold fundraisers and occasionally profits from events are donated to this account.
For those of you planning to volunteer at Gulf Wars, you can indicate the Trimaris College of Scribes as the recipient of the war profit split derived from your volunteer hours.
When I create commission pieces I have to ask for the recipient to pay the materials and framing costs. I didn’t always do this but one day I figured out what I had spent on several pieces I had created and realized that I was running myself into a financial hole. This is also why I have been working on the speed of my pieces and trying to limit myself to less than 5 or 6 hours per illuminated page for Kingdom use.
I have found that I must balance the use of my time and find the point where I can produce a good number of very good pieces rather than just one extraordinary piece so I can be more helpful in my contributions and more responsible with my personal time. I work full time and have several hobbies so I have to be realistic about how much time I can dedicate to this craft that I love, but from which I do not generally profit.
The illustrations on this page were created for a brochure that I illustrated in 2009.
Produced circa 1440 in Utrecht by an anonymous Dutch artist known as the Master of Catherine of Cleves, this book includes beautiful tromp l’oeil borders and miniatures of increasing intricacy. This border is unique among design elements in the book, but appears in other works attributed to the Cleves Master.
Again, this piece was mainly done to get myself back into the design and styling needed for Kingdom use scrolls rather than intricate and elaborate commission pieces. Drawing, inking and illumination probably came to about 5-6 hours of work.
This manuscript was executed in the early 16th century by Jean Bourdichon, a likely student of miniaturist Jean Fouquet. As official court painter to four successive French kings: Louis XI,Charles VIII, Louis XII, and François I, Bourdichon came to be a wealthy man. Designing illuminated manuscripts, panel paintings, stained glass and even coins, Jean Bourdichon created countless works of art, many of which did not survive to modern times.
The book was created for twice Queen of France, Anne of Brittany who was married to Charles VIII and then to Louis XII.
This page was created mostly as a teaching piece to show a small group of students how to execute gilding. Afterwards I decided to finish the painting and hand it in for Kingdom use. It’s pretty bling-tastic but I hope someday that someone will like it.