Sunday, February 19, 2012

for the future - plans, projects, thoughts

Now that you have seen the oldest, most personel and most beautiful of my medieval calligraphy peaces (my very subjetciv opinion ;-), I will talk about my recent projects.
For now I have two areas I concentrate on. One is still and will always be the scrolls I do for my medieval club the SCA. Therefore I can promise you I will post the finished scrolls regularly.
The second area contains art projects that either are inspired by something from the middle ages or result from something I have seen, heard or experienced.

You should also know that I try to study and learn more about calligraphy as much as possible. One way is getting my hands on books and just look at the pictures. Like most of us (the statistics say 90% of the people) I am a visual type and I learn best in 3 and 4 D (seeing, hearing, smelling touching and over time/by repetition). I have the wonderful chance to buy my materials at a big artstore called Boesner, there are also courses held by professional artists. Two years ago I took a course on calligraphy it was wonderful and inspiring. My professor/teacher was Peter Unbehauen. He used the course to promote his book and his courses... of course, but what I liked most about this 2 hours of discurse into the world of calligraphy was his enthusiasm. It was contagious. I got to know more about the history of writing, scribt, colors/paints (materials in general) and techniques. And he said something I always remind myself of... you have to start doing calligraphy... it wont be perfect from the beginning but the way to your perfect peace of art is the fun, the learning and the hardest!

He was and is so right. It took me almost another year to start my own calligraphy project. The final trigger for me was a walk with the dog of my parents through the woods in the fall. I had just gotten my digital camera and decided to try to figure out how it works on the walk. One motive I chose to take pictures of was a leaf eaten by some very hungry bugs, that left only the scelleton of it.
These pictures combined with the need to try one of the techniques described and shown by Peter Unbehauen resulted in my first art project. It is a series of 3 to 4 paintings (I'm not yet final on the exact number). One is finished and already promised to a person very dear to my heart. I will soon write more about this project and show you the first pictures of these paintings.

The next projects are allready in my head: one will be about medieval initials anotherone on architecture and structures. A third one is a task given by my minion mistress I still have to finish.

Well this will keep me buzy for the next ten years or so ;-)!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Aus meinem Scroll-Archiv/ from my archives

Here are the last scrolls I did before my long break from anything medival- the years 2008 to 2009. ( If anybody is interested I can give you the references to these scrolls, just tell me)

This was my first try on Cadels. I loved doing it and because I enjoyed it so much... I plan to do it again!

This was the fairwell scroll for one very special friend - a woman with an enormous heart. Unfortunatly I did not get a chance to see her since she moved back to the states.

The last two scrolls were for a couple. My first ones with pergamenata. It was very hard to do the calligraphy as I did not have the tools for preparing the surface of the paper for the calligraphy. Still I think they are beautiful.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2007 - scrolls with personal meaning

Every single piece of art I do contains something of myself as I put a lot of effort in making them. But some pieces are more important to me than others. There are different reasons for it i.e. I know the recepient, realy like the style of calligraphy or illumination and sometimes I had to work realy hard to finish it.
The following scrolls are examples of these reasons and therfore do all have a personal meaning to me. Enjoy!

Story#1: THis was one scroll I knew/know the recepient of. Because I also like her I wanted to do something special. I finally decided on the white wine illumination and the calligraphy it goes with. But when I started working on it it actually took me an amazing amount of time first to get the calligraphy right (because it is so straight and without any fanciness) and second to find the right Illumination. And then some of the gold wouldn't stick. Well it was actually realy hard work to do... but once it was finished I was so happy it turned out to look like I wanted.

Story#2: This was a scroll I kind of requested to do as I got to be friends with Lord Volker (the recepient) and I knew at some point he would get his AoA. He is very close to my heart and the husband of one of my sister minions. He also is very gifted when it comes to crafts. Even though the scroll itself doesn't fit his persona (late medieval german) I thought it suited him and his character. A bit fancy, a bit complicated and beautiful.

story#3: I love this scroll because of the Initial and the little creatures on the edge. As it is a pcs I had to fit an illumination that symbolizes travel. I found this beautiful ship-initial and it turned out realy well painted (that is always much harder to do then calligraphy for me). At this time I also was fascinated by all the little creatures in the book of houres. This was finally my chance to get three of them on paper. yay ;-P

story #4: this is actualy a scroll that is not medieval... it does have the calligraphy and the medieval illumination but I combined it in a way that it doesn't find. When I realized that I became afraid it would end up as a shelfscroll at my place. All the celtic knots drawing and gilding I would have hated that. But in the end it did go to a (hopefully happy) recepient.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

interesting structures - pictures of wood

I find structures natural as well as artistic fascinating. One theme I always rediscover is wood.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

winter 2006 - my calligraphy and illumination slowly improves

As I did more and more scrolls, I got more and more practise doing calligraphy. My illumination had to improve still. But I have to admit calligraphy is "easier" for me than painting.

At this point Lady Bridget (now Minionmistress) was and still is my teacher. She gave my hungry eyes books and other peoples work (including her own) to look at and very important critices, helping me to improve but always giving support.

This first scroll is one of these works that do not realy make a "round" impression but at that time I realy wanted to paint this naked girl with the wing and no legs!!!

This work I'm still fond of. The illumination originates from a book that emphasizes on medieval Initials and their different styles.
As you will see I like most of my scrolls simple not too much fancy calligraphy and illumination. This is one example, just straight forward calligraphy and a nice initial.

Here the illumination is a bit fancier than before. Resulting from my interest in the funny little creatures "on the edge". I still like them very much.
Here it is also very clear that my understanding of border leaves / acantus style was limited. :-)

The next two blank scrolls are inspired from pictures of different book of hours from France. The first one from the time period 1400 to 1410 and the second from 1420 to 1430.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

newsfeed for next post

I will continue to post my work according to its time of existence... so look forward to post #2 with some examples of my earlier scrolls!

fall 2006 - starting calligraphy - 3 of my first scrolls

I found calligraphy through my medieval reanactment group (SCA). Unfortunatly I do not have a picture of my 1st scroll/work but I do have 3 of my first tries. Enjoy ... aller Anfang ist schwer.