Somehow I have let almost four months slip by without an update here: - the search bots will have assumed I've died, and the Google ranking has probably collapsed, but sometimes real life is more pressing than an online presence. In this time, I spent a busy month as artist in residence in medieval Gmuend, enjoying the cavernous studio space, meeting many interesting folks, both locals and tourists, and making spectacular bloomers in my broken German. Several icons went home with tourist buyers, and several birds and beasts were bought or commissioned locally. During the time there, I made some miniatures for an upcoming exhibition and finally finished my latest Icon of the Nativity, which gratifyingly was scooped up off the desk while it was still drying and taken to Germany. I will save the picture for my Advent post.
I must also give a fanfare to the twelve students who attended my beginner's course in manuscript illumination and produced some amazing work. Very steady hands all, even the youngest attendee who was only eleven. Mainly dragons, but also a stray snake and a floreated initial, the students' own design. Sadly a tech failure meant that I lost most of the photographs I took at the second session but I have a few from the first, anonymous by request.
The view from my desk
Current work, places and events, art travel, and interesting snippets about Christian icons, medieval art, manuscript illumination, egg tempera , gilding, technique and materials.