Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition

Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition

From June 27th to September 27th 2015 Lincoln will be hosting a unique exhibition. Across five sites – the Wren and Medieval Libraries of the Cathedral, the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault, the Collection and the Usher Gallery – visitors will be able to see wonderful art associated with the county. The Historic Lincoln Trust has worked closely with the great public and private collections, with work being leant from the Royal...

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The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Here’s my latest illuminated page, a contemporary one this time. This lady was a life-drawing model at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam when we were lucky enough to visit last year. I thought at the time that she would make the perfect subject for a painting – it’s just taken me a long time to complete the work! So, here she is, full size. I hope you like her.    

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How to gild an illuminated letter using gesso – a workshop

How to gild an illuminated letter using gesso – a workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to gild and paint illuminated letters and medieval miniatures, deal with real gold leaf, make and use manuscript gesso (allowing you to have raised, burnished super-shiny areas of gold in your designs – you can see my reflection in the illuminated ‘K’ to the left) then this course is for you. I’m running a 2-day course in February – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2015 – at my...

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Spring manuscript illumination workshops

Spring manuscript illumination workshops

I thought I’d just give you a quick update on my latest manuscript workshops. The manuscript illumination ‘taster session’ at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle, on March 7th is now fully booked. However, I’m running the same workshop at Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough on March 28th.  The tower is a surviving part of a 14th-century fortified manor house, and contains the finest set of medieval wall paintings in...

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A difficult end to 2014, new plans for 2015!

A difficult end to 2014, new plans for 2015!

The perils of old age… It’s hard to believe that we are on the verge of a new year already. The latter stages of 2014 were fairly grim. My father (87 years old) fell and sustained a ‘life and limb threatening’ fracture of his thigh bone. He was operated on by two first-rate consultant surgeons in Derby and survived against all the odds to tell the tale, had a long period of inpatient rehabilitation and came...

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