Mountain’s Pride for Ulaan

A Mountain’s Pride for an outgoing archery champion with a Mongolian persona. Gouache on Bristol, 12″x 9″. The concept is a Paiza, a safe conduct or proof of authority from the Khan. The actual artifacts were metal, either cast or engraved. A 13th c example: The text is transliterated into the short lived 13th-14th c…

Mountains pride for Donnina, painted by Kattera.

A scroll for an outgoing thrown weapons champion. Gouache and ink on Bristol, 9″x12″ Kattera asked me to do the calligraphy and a sketch for her to work from. We picked this 15th c French Book of Hours, Beinecke MS 662, folio 21r, and replaced the miniature with the text. I also borrowed this cat…

Luciano’s Knighting scroll, with Tekla.

A scroll for Luciano’s knighting. 9″x 12″. Gouache and ink on Bristol board. Collaboration with Tekla Myszkowa. Some things are a stretch. This scroll surely was. We had almost exactly two weeks to make this happen, offer to concept to finished scroll and knighting. But, Collaboration makes it happen, to borrow from Sesame Street. Our…

Mountain and Grail charter.

A charter(preprint) design for TAH Antoine and Kathren. I based it on a 16th c English indenture, swapping out badges and foliage for Summits specific imagery. The roses became barberries, and the portcullises the grail and mountains. Finally, the arms became those of the Summits. Text added by the coronet scribe. Painted:

Seamus’ Laurel scroll

Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 8″ x 11″. Based on the page discussing the laurel from a well travelled Historia Plantarum, which was made in late 14th c Milan for King Wenceslas of Bohemia, rebound by King Matthias of Hungary in the 15th c, and passed through an Italian Cardinal’s library, before ending…

German Amicus Musarum

A Baronial award based on a mid 15th century German bible. Ink and gouache on pergamenta. The original manuscript measures 15.5 x 9cm, mine is a touch larger. Folio 19r Folio 107r The style is relatively loose, with a fair amount intentional white space. I worked mostly from folio 19r, turning the saint portrait into…

Tetralogical Illumination in Medieval Russia

I taught a class at An Tir Collegium 2018 on my favorite Russian illumination style, the tetralogical, or knotwork style. That handout is expanded from previous versions, and available here: Tetralogical Ilumination in Medieval Russia

Penwork Royal Cipher

A Royal Cipher based on a 14th c Dutch manuscript. Ink and gouache on pergamenta. 8.5″ x 11″. Text provided. Exemplar . I flipped and modified this m into a w, and left the middle of the bottom roundel for the seal. Layout and calligraphy. Blue ink. Red ink. Final touches in green gouache. Sealed…

Russian Baronial award, by Michael.

I was honored to receive my Barony’s persona award this past weekend, and Michael Sinclair made this lovely Russian scroll for me!! It’s gouache on pergamenta, and about 11″ x 14″.

Tiny Mountains Pride.

A wee Champions Scroll based on a leaf from a late 15th c Burgundian book of hours, picturing Death personified as a skeleton, at the beginning of the Office of the Dead. Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 3.5″ by 5.5″, close to the size of the exemplar. Exemplar. Source: Sotheby’s Calligraphy and sketch….

Russian Charter set

A set of five charters for An Tir in the tetralogical style, these were loosely based on a 14th c gospel from Moscow. The Awards included are the Lion’s Torse, Lion’s Cub, Terpsichore’s Fox, Leo Minor, and Lion’s Mane. To make them a set, I drew the frame and then added different critters and knotwork…

Joy of the Summits

A collaborative project with Fjorlief inHaga. Gouache and India ink on Bristol, 11″ by 14″. Illumination by Fjorlief, based on the 1397 Kiev (also called Spiridon) Psalter. Calligraphy by me. Text from the Summits ceremonial. Peacocks in the Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter,…