April 2017

April - Taurus

Taurus taketh the form of the hed of a Bull. He is Malencolie, and ruleth ye Throte and Voice. He overseeth Bisynesse and Industrie. If the Mone wandreth bi the Bull, Labour mai halt, save for yt in porte towns. When Mercurie seketh his fortune here, then Merchaunts prosper. If Mars demandeth an audience with ye Bull, then War maibe iminent, but Forges shalbe actif, if aught else.

Calligraphy & Illumination by Lord Vettorio Antonello

Persona: 17thc Carmelite Friar from Florence, Italy

Artist’s astrological sign: Aquarius

What is the inspiration for your piece and why does it appeal to you?: My daughter’s sign is Taurus and she inspires me to create.

Materials used: Iron Gall ink, Winsor & Newton calligraphy ink, Holbein gouache paint

Other notes of interest about your piece: It was interesting to adapt the exemplar, which was portrait layout into landscape as well as adapting period styles to modern printing needs.

What drew you to participate in this project? I was honored to be asked. This is my second time doing it and I like knowing I’m helping the kingdom travel fund.

What is your favorite medium to work in? Gouache paints, inks, and gilding. 

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Knotwork has always been something I struggle with, but I keep practicing and working on.