in which our plucky heroine takes a half day mental health break...
Painted charter #13 Wednesday... This Russian style design* was a stretch for me - I used details from two different period originals to with the intention of creating a design that referenced the very intensely polychrome aesthetic of the area. Here is what it looked like as I began filling in the base colors, trying to get a good color distribution..
If I had wanted to, I could have stopped at this point (well, after painting the birds, too!) An original period page I was looking at for inspiration had a very plain wash of polychrome colors, with only a tiny bit of interior shading, decorating scrollwork:
For some reason the little (partially cut-off) birds caught my eye; at the top of this page, from "Gospel book, Armenia, Van, 1461, MS M.749 fol. 242r", in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum
I have been really stressed lately, and when feeling powerless about situations both personal, and medical, and political, and global, sometimes I need to just choose a tiny bit of downtime. Painting charters, which is basically like coloring in, but with gouache paint instead of crayons or markers, is both self soothing, intensely satisfying, and of service to the organisation I have been participating in for the last twenty-umpteen years.
July SMART goals
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||pewter casting||Thora cuff trim||bag of hangers|
|2||charter #12||-||yard waste bin|
* charter master design by José Cabrera de Castilla