In these difficult times, regardless of our faith (I include atheists and agnostics), we all pray for things to get better. Here is the result of a small commission that a friend made to me some time ago.
Gold leaf on gesso, watercolor, pigments and arabic gum on paper.
I’ve been quite busy these last ime, preparing my latest exhibition but I didn’t work only on this ! I worked very hard on a new project with quite a lot of text and in a much larger shape than what I’m used to. Until now, I spent about 30 hours working on it, I think I’ve done the most of it. Until I can say it is finished or failed, here is a picture.
I’ve just finished a work started years ago, that was left unfinished because of an overdose of knotwork.
It is a breton text from the Barzaz Breizh, a collection of songs published by Th. de La Villemarqué in the XIXth century.
I used a semi uncial for the text, séparating each verse by a knotwork panel and ending by the title in drawn capitals inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospel. To breathe modernity into the work, I took colors different from the ones used historically, using only earth pigments (Sienna, Umbria, …).
Another detail can be seen here, and the whole work, there.