The Life of St Patrick

Last March I was honoured to take part in the Home of St Patrick Festival in Northern Ireland. Events were held in three cities – Armagh, Downpatrick and Newry. During my time there I did gilding demonstrations in four beautiful cathedrals and began work on an ill read more

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The ‘Great Bible’

20th May 2017 was the 800th anniversary of the second Battle of Lincoln. Said to be one of the most decisive battles in English history it secured the future of the Plantagenet dynasty. It has been celebrated in the city by a host of events, not least of which is a fasc read more

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The Framing of ‘Illuminations’ for Lincoln Cathedral

So many people have asked me about the framing of my ‘Illuminations’ exhibition at Lincoln Cathedral that I thought I would write a little about how it was done – and the person responsible. When I knew I was going to have an end of tenure exhibition in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral, there was only one person I wanted to frame it – Mal Reynolds of Harlequin Frames. He is, in my opinion, one of the best picture framers...

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The Trondheim Pillars of Lincoln Cathedral

It was Heather Chapple, Cathedral guide, who told me about the ‘Trondheim’ pillars. Situated at the western crossing of Lincoln Cathedral, these pillars are stylistically unique in the British Isles and found only in one other Cathedral – Nidaros Cathe read more

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How to make manuscript gesso

Several people have contacted me over the past week asking me where I buy my manuscript gesso from. The answer is that it is not, as far as I am aware, commercially available here in the UK, so I make my own. Here’s the recipe:   8 parts of slaked plaster of Paris (calcium sulphate dihydrate) 3 parts of powdered lead carbonate –  BEWARE, POISONOUS 1 part seccotine glue 1 part sugar, ground to a powder A pinch of Armenian bole...

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Lincoln Cathedral Nativity

I have wanted to paint this since I knew I was to be artist in residence at Lincoln Cathedral. It is, of course, the Christian nativity scene. The shapes of the three pieces were designed to echo the west front doors of the Cathedral and the illuminated borders were ins read more

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