It’s been far too long since I’ve posted anything. Various contingencies have kept me away from my computer.
For my return, I am sharing a monogram that I made a few weeks ago but that I didn’t want to show until it had arrived in Australia, at its addressee’s home. It’s done and so here is Linda’s monogram, LCK, hand-made linen paper, gold leaf and, as far as colours are concerned, a mixture of Payne grey, Prussian blue and cobalt blue.
The circle of filigrees is about 8 centimetres in diameter.
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.
This is, in essence, what article 35 of one of the first versions of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen said in case of government bankruptcy (i.e. when the government violates the rights of the people). I find that this is a situation that is ocurring more and more often, and I deplore, first of all, that this happens, and secondly, that this article was not retained in later versions and written into our constitution. In short, I am not going to get into political considerations, here is my calligraphic interpretation of this article.
I calligraphed the whole thing with a piece of bevel-cut wood (two edges, one at each end), using Payne grey in watercolour and cadmium red as a pigment with gum arabic. The signature was made with iron gall ink.
And I had to abbreviate by suspension the word “indispensable” twice (ie I removed the N’s), with a titulus in order to keep the layout. For the same reasons, I used an ampersand from the Tironian notes in the 5th and 7th lines.