Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pelican Scroll Given and Done

Now that it is given I can post pictures of the latest scroll I did for the SCA. A long time friend and founding Baron of my home group was awarded his Pelican. For those who do not know what a Pelican is in the SCA, You know what a Knight is ,well a Pelican is a Knight for service instead of fighting. It is a Peerage, one of 4 Great Awards that are SCA wide and are the best you can get. Here is his scroll, I did the illumination (the art) and a friends Baroness Daniela did the Calligraphy, it is in German because that is Heinrich's persona. This is Acrylic,  Egg Tempera and Micron pen on Parchment (animal skin). Picture 21.
Pelican scroll based on illustration 107 from the Theuerdank, German, 1517 by Leonhard Beck: Before the city walls, surrounded by the royal household, Theuerdank recives the laurel wreath from Queen Ehrenreich assisted by Ehrenhold.  Illumination by Master Tristan Alexander, Calligraphy by Baroness Daniela Schwartzhaupt.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Last One Maybe

OK, I think I now have all the art for the calendar done. "Kitsune with Jade Bowl", 5 x 11 (roughly), Acrylic, Micron pen and Watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 20.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mountain of Work

OK, maybe the last picture for the calendar, maybe I need one more. This one is not based on Japanese prints but on Japanese paintings in this case originally on silk. "Summer Mountains", 4 x 6 3/4, Acrylic on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 19.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Little Fishy

"Minnow", 5 x 11, Acrylic, watercolot colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 18.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Photo taken under overcast sky, could not get scans to match up (it is to large to scan all at once. "Lady with a Fan", 6 x 14, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite, Egg Tempera and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 17.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Horseing Around

OK only part horse, Finally get another one done. I have tried a few times to do a Japanese Centaur and never have gotten it to a point I was happy with. This one I think I like. There is a lot of very subtle shades in this that the scan did not capture, but it is what it is as they say. "Samurai Centaur", 6 x 14, Acryic, Watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 16.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

More for Calendar

I like a lot about this but still not sure if it is right. "Yokai Princess", 5 x 11, Acrylic, Micron pen, watercolor colored pencil and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 15.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Art for Calendar

As I seem to not have enough new Japanese print style pictures for this years Pennsic calendar I am trying to do a few small ones to fill the void. Here is  the first of these; "Shy Crane", 4 x 9 Acrylic, Micron pen and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 14.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bordermarch Coronet(s)

OK, I got a commission for a pair of coronets for co-baroness and I love their Baronial arms and this design for the cornet. Here is the first one finished and the second is in the works (will be exactly the same). "Boardermarch Coronet", 22 inches, Acrylic with artificial pearls on leather. 13.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Attack of the Coronets

After a fairly long time since I had a commission for a coronet (the one I finished not that long ago was actually commissioned last year) I now have 4, a set for two ladies who serve as Baroness and Baroness (not a same sex couple), and two individual personal coronets. I am thrilled cause I can use the money and I enjoy making these. Will post them as I finish them.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sforza Laurel

OK, by now the deed should be done so I hope it is safe to post this now. Many years ago while I was Baron, I attended a Kingdom Arts and Science event (this is all SCA related) and was sought out by a man I knew only slightly. He took me over to a table with a beautiful small wooden writing desk based on one belonging to Henry the VIII on it. The grain was matched, the wood was amazing and I complimented him on his wonderful work. He then told me it was mine!! I has been one of my prized possessions since then. The wife of this man contacted me a couple weeks ago and told me he was receiving his Laurel (the highest level award you can receive in the SCA for the Arts. Basically a Knighthood for the Arts). She requested that I do the scroll for him for this award and I was happy (if a bit rushed) to do it. So here it is finished, with my terrible calligraphy included. "Sforza Laurel", 9 x 12, Egg Tempera, Acrylic, ProWhite and Pigma pen on Parchment (the skin not the paper). It is based on pages the Sforza Hours, c.1490, Milan. The borders are my own variation on several from the book and the top and bottom Angel and Melusine are directly from different pages (samples will appear below my scroll). Bad calligraphy by me is in Oak Gall ink.  I hope he is happy with it and his laurel is well deserved for his amazing woodworking! Picture 12.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Period Porn Sort Of

I just found this Medieval image of the Fool Card from the Tarot showing 3 boys molesting the fool. The dark spot in the crotch area seems a later attempt to obscure the penis, but if you look closely you can see that it is there and erect. Just find it fascinating to see such an image from SCA period. You could never do such a picture now without moral outcry!
The Fool, Este Tarot (1450) . Anonymous hand-draw card, Yale University Library,