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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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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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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Contemporary Illuminated Letters

The summer has been crazily busy, partly with my wildlife art work, partly with commissions with gold and partly with work for my MA in Art History. Next week I start work on a lovely commission to paint St Hugh and his swan which will need some experimentation with various blue pigments, but for now I thought I’d show you some of the illuminated letters I’ve been asked to do recently.   These are two ‘S”s, one in...

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