Long time since I posted something here (again).
It’s just because I’m very busy, being hosted as an artist in residence in
Saint Amand les Eaux during the event le mai de la calligraphie.
I am working on a detailed study of the writings and decorations of the second bible of Charles the Bald, bible which was written in the abbey where I have my workshop and my exhibition.
But I also have visitors !!
young students from nearby schools
hearing impaired accompanied by a sign language interpreter
and this weekend, I gave a lecture on the way I work, from the study of medieval manuscripts to contemporary creation
One more week to go and it will end with a workshop on golden Romanesque versals.
This is the opening poem of
The Flowers Of Evil by Charles Baudelaire. Hence the flourishing decoration, made of flowers, and the color choice, black & red.
In case you like this script, there’s an ongoing online course on the subejct, you can check it at : https://www.thegentlepenman.com/frenchgothicbastarda
Again, a very long time since I posted stuff, I’m quite busy with other things than calligraphy.
Sometimes, even if one can not believe anymore, even in despair, there’s nothing else to do but pray.
Next (and probably last for this year) online course in French on filigrees, the golf club version, will take place next weekend, 4 & 5th of February
Information & registration on the
French version of the agenda
This were the last words said by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
And, during this period of the year (at least in the Northen part of the world), that’s something we can say every day 🙂
Here is a lettered version with gouache and gold leaf on hemp paper. The letters are 1.7cm high (except the M & the H of course).
Yesterday, it was my wife’s birthday.
I didn’t know what I could give her so…
As you can imagine from my fingers on the picture, the pebble is about 2 centimeters large.
The pattern is inspired by the decoration of the Visconti’s Hours.
I wish you a SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS year 2023 !
Thank you for your support, I hope to see you soon online or in the real life 🙂
I’m making a draft of a border for a text I’m working on.
Here is a short video of the ongoing filigree (speed X3)
Next year (that is to say very soon now), I will teach filigrees online again.
Filigrees, a manuscript approach is a 4 hours course (2×2 hours) where I will talk about different filigree patterns from several manuscripts.
This new versal shows examples of some of these patterns.
The course (in English) will take place on January 14 and 15, from 6 to 8 PM, French time.
It will be taught via zoom and the recording will be available for one month after the live.
The cost of the course is 60€.
You can register by clicking on this
To change my mind a bit, I just made a small gilded versal on a pebble.
The patterns are inspired by those found in a 12th century manuscript and I will teach the construction of this kind of initials (but not on a pebble) in March 2023 in an online course in English that will be broadcasted by
the gentle penman