Wavy Stars in Medieval Art

Wavy Stars in Medieval Art

The Luttrell Psalter is full of imaginative marginalia. Nevertheless, the simple image below remains one of my favourites and is one which I really enjoyed painting. I’m not at all sure about the purpose of the ‘golf clubs’ the shepherds are holding, or why the man in blue is wearing such impressive gloves, but I do love the message, the facial expressions and, of course, the wavy star.   ‘And there were shepherds...

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Mid-week Manuscript – an inhabited Q

Mid-week Manuscript – an inhabited Q

There are a wealth of wonderful medieval manuscripts, and, thankfully, increasing digital access to them. I’ll find one that especially attracts me from time to time and post it here. Sometimes they’ll be funny, sometimes thought provoking, sometimes just beautiful. I hope you enjoy the series. Here is my first. This ‘inhabited Q’ was created in Italy in 1153, using tempera colours, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on...

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Geoffrey Luttrell and the Luttrell Psalter

Geoffrey Luttrell and the Luttrell Psalter

Here’s a piece I’m working on at the moment, inspired by that wonderful Lincolnshire manuscript, the Luttrell Psalter. The psalter, or book of Psalms, was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell in the fourteenth century. This manuscript was not the first to include scenes of contemporary rustic life, but such an exceptional number of detailed images is unusual. Many of the images are humorous, and, according the British Library,...

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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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