Monday, April 11, 2011

The Medieval Bestiary

Sunday was a wonderful day spent at Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster with my teacher and Master Illuminator Debbie Thompson Wilson. Debbie is a brilliant and generous teacher. She is truly eager to share her expertise and knowledge and genuinely wants her students to learn medieval illumination techniques. We were given numerous inhabited border designs to try in class. I opted a 15th Century Dutch border design which took nearly 5 hours to complete. Finished size is 4 1/4 x 1 1/8".
I had enough time left to start the Italian Rabbit design. Finished size is 1 3/4" x 1 1/2". Both were a pleasure to paint. The day flew by.


Dana said...

Heather, these are spectacular! Was it the first one that took 5 hours or the border around the bunny?
Love, love, love them both!!! You know how I adore bunnies. So spring-y.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Hi Dana,

The bunny took just about 2 hours and the bird illumination took 5 hours. A fun day. Thanks for the kind words. They are so much fun to paint!

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am really glad to find this. great job!

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thank you Anonymous!