The Annunciation

The Annunciation

This is a picture I’ve wanted to paint for years, since seeing Fra Angelico’s Annunciation at the Convent of San Marco in Florence. That is a fresco, and about two metres high – mine is just 17cm, and on paper. It’s done in the style of Annunciations in fifteenth century British manuscripts, made with 24 carat gold leaf and, where possible, the pigments that would have been used at that time.        ...

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Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Making Pictures’

Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Making Pictures’

I’m delighted to have been asked to demonstrate traditional pigment extraction and paint making at the Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Making Pictures’ event in Coventry in July. It’s being held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, so I’ll have to think carefully about which pigments to work with on the night. Anything which requires heating or which bubbles unpredictably is unlikely to be welcome! Still, that leaves me...

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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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Verdigris pigment – an update

I thought I would just update you all about the state of my verdigris pigment production. Well, the good news is that it’s going well so far. This photo was taken the first time I had the copper out of its pot. This was about a week after starting, and I was amazed at how fast the verdigris had formed. I put the copper back, waited for a fortnight, repeated the whole process, and this is how much pigment I have now collected –...

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Waggle Dance – a new painting

Waggle Dance – a new painting

The inspiration for this new painting ‘Waggle Dance’, came from a delicious British Library manuscript of a grumpy bear with bees….                 The idea buzzed around in my head for a while (my husband would love that pun!) until I went to see the Court and Craft exhibition at the Courtauld and saw the beautiful geometric designs created in 14th century Iraq. This was the result of...

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