Catanea writes...
A recent commission (left) to accompany an old one.
An M for a Gemini whose patron saint is Mary Magdalen, with the Magdalen’s pearls and alabaster jar to accompany a much earlier A for a Saggitarius whose patron is Saint Andrew - hence the saltire.
Similar, but different backgrounds.
I have notes on the historical source for the Centaur; but no identity for my sketch of the Twins. Does anyone recognize them from some book containing manuscript reproductions? Or from the manuscript directly?Gold leaf, gouache, pigments, &c. on vellum.

A recent commission (left) to accompany an old one.

An M for a Gemini whose patron saint is Mary Magdalen, with the Magdalen’s pearls and alabaster jar to accompany a much earlier A for a Saggitarius whose patron is Saint Andrew - hence the saltire.

Similar, but different backgrounds.

I have notes on the historical source for the Centaur; but no identity for my sketch of the Twins. Does anyone recognize them from some book containing manuscript reproductions? Or from the manuscript directly?
Gold leaf, gouache, pigments, &c. on vellum.

Another elegant label designed by Neil Cutler. It’s an honour to be asked to write a few words every now and then for him to apply.Now I’m looking forward to tasting the champagne.It’s “Héritiers de Vallois”.

Another elegant label designed by Neil Cutler. It’s an honour to be asked to write a few words every now and then for him to apply.
Now I’m looking forward to tasting the champagne.
It’s “Héritiers de Vallois”.

Da feiz on tadou kozI am still posting old things here. Soon I’ll put up something newer.This is old, but timeless, I think.The national hymn/anthem of Brittany, with celtic script based (imperfectly) on the Book of Kells; and decoration based on the Book of Lindisfarne. Even at the time this was done, full colour was no more expensive than two-colour printing. As the dots had to be red, red had to be the second colour, and I really enjoyed the limitation of two colours only.

Da feiz on tadou koz
I am still posting old things here. Soon I’ll put up something newer.
This is old, but timeless, I think.
The national hymn/anthem of Brittany, with celtic script based (imperfectly) on the Book of Kells; and decoration based on the Book of Lindisfarne.
Even at the time this was done, full colour was no more expensive than two-colour printing. As the dots had to be red, red had to be the second colour, and I really enjoyed the limitation of two colours only.

I am asking myself whether it is possible to "comment" here in the form of a question. Is it?

Ah, yes: I see: The “question” appears on my “dashboard” in the form of a “message” - nope: it doesn’t say “question” so who knows why it is formulated as “ask” to the would-be message-sender/commenter.

The mysteries of the universe include the vocabulary chosen by blog system inventors.

Criticism from the genuinely literate welcome.
This was my homework from a beginning course -
wonderful instructor Ricardo Vicente Placed who studied his arabic calligraphy in Cairo, has another one coming up soon -in “Urueña, Villa del Libro” -
Curso de caligrafía árabe andalusí conRicardo Vicente Placed30 de abril y 1-2 de mayo de 2011Sábado 11h - 14h / 16h - 20hDomingo/Lunes 11h - 14hprecio: 110€ (material incluido)lugar: Centro e-LEA; Urueña, Villa del Libro (Valladolid)información y reservas: 660 676 103 / 983 717 513alcuino@asociacionalcuino.com
Ah, yes - and Thanks! to AJP Crown for the inspiration to let the writing run upwards!
Horizontal images are shortchanged too often on multi-column web pages.

Criticism from the genuinely literate welcome.

This was my homework from a beginning course -

wonderful instructor Ricardo Vicente Placed who studied his arabic calligraphy in Cairo, has another one coming up soon -in “Urueña, Villa del Libro” -

Curso de caligrafía árabe andalusí con
Ricardo Vicente Placed
30 de abril y 1-2 de mayo de 2011
Sábado 11h - 14h / 16h - 20h
Domingo/Lunes 11h - 14h
precio: 110€ (material incluido)
lugar: Centro e-LEA; Urueña, Villa del Libro (Valladolid)
información y reservas: 660 676 103 / 983 717 513
alcuino@asociacionalcuino.com

Ah, yes - and Thanks! to AJP Crown for the inspiration to let the writing run upwards!

Horizontal images are shortchanged too often on multi-column web pages.

Isn’t it funny - I thought this had gone up weeks ago - but it’s not here.
I hope now it is: A Z leftover from a complete series of watercolour letters on cards…nobody wants a Z. It is all owing to synaesthesia that my Zs tend to be black.

Isn’t it funny - I thought this had gone up weeks ago - but it’s not here.

I hope now it is: A Z leftover from a complete series of watercolour letters on cards…nobody wants a Z. It is all owing to synaesthesia that my Zs tend to be black.

The Q. For the third time of asking. The next one will be fierce.

The Q. For the third time of asking. The next one will be fierce.

An  O L D  shopping list, celebrating a fluorescent pink marker (pity, it’s gone). Otherwise not un-typical.
Ran across it whle doing piles of secretarial work.
Still looking for a hardware bit for the “closet door runner”.
And the accent’s wrong on “Baccallà”. I think.

An  O L D  shopping list, celebrating a fluorescent pink marker (pity, it’s gone). Otherwise not un-typical.

Ran across it whle doing piles of secretarial work.

Still looking for a hardware bit for the “closet door runner”.

And the accent’s wrong on “Baccallà”. I think.

Three views of the diplôme presented yesterday to Architect en Chef Alain Tillier in the Abbot’s Garden at Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye - one showing the work-in-progress, one showing the finished piece, and one with a raking light to show the gold “lit up”.Unfortunately we were late for the event having gone to throw ourselves into an icy cascade on our half-day off from teaching here; but had the good fortune to walk through the stone archway into the garden at the precise moment when Madame the Mayor thanked bookbinder Christopher Knight for referring her to us, and then “Amanda and Keith Adams*” for the diploma about to be presented. It looked as though we were right on cue.*Unfortunately she somehow said Keith’s name wrongly, but I couldn’t make out exactly how wrongly, so I can’t type it here.The paper is just some I happened to have with me, hoping to use it - I believe I got it from Benoît Furet, but I’m not positive. Schminke gouache, metal pens, gold leaf on a synthetic “assiette”. Very simple owing to time (and budget) constraints. No flashy innovations… I wish I had a photo showing it with the mayor’s signature; but I didn’t even get a look at that myself. There is a blind-ruled line above her name where she was intended to sign.

Three views of the diplôme presented yesterday to Architect en Chef Alain Tillier in the Abbot’s Garden at Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye - one showing the work-in-progress, one showing the finished piece, and one with a raking light to show the gold “lit up”.
Unfortunately we were late for the event having gone to throw ourselves into an icy cascade on our half-day off from teaching here; but had the good fortune to walk through the stone archway into the garden at the precise moment when Madame the Mayor thanked bookbinder Christopher Knight for referring her to us, and then “Amanda and Keith Adams*” for the diploma about to be presented. It looked as though we were right on cue.
*Unfortunately she somehow said Keith’s name wrongly, but I couldn’t make out exactly how wrongly, so I can’t type it here.
The paper is just some I happened to have with me, hoping to use it - I believe I got it from Benoît Furet, but I’m not positive. Schminke gouache, metal pens, gold leaf on a synthetic “assiette”. Very simple owing to time (and budget) constraints. No flashy innovations…
I wish I had a photo showing it with the mayor’s signature; but I didn’t even get a look at that myself. There is a blind-ruled line above her name where she was intended to sign.

Just the script.
by Amanda for Neil Cutler

Just the script.

by Amanda for Neil Cutler