December 2017

December - Capricorn

Capricorne appeareth as a Sea-Gote. She is Melancholly and ruleth ye Cnees. Matters of Familie and Responsibilitie are Her primarie concern. When the Mone is on the Hunt for the Gote, She is supportiue of those She loues, but if not careful She could decide to liue of the Efforts of those closest to Her. If Mercurie decideth to visit ye Gote, then if Fortunes are good He will se to ye Public Behalf, but if Fortunes are ill then he will do whateuer is required to protect His own without regard for ye Law. If Venus taketh a peke at ye Gote, then She is a myghty Auisor, encoraging ye best in others, vnless She feleth schy, iwhich case She might end ye dai alone.

Illumination by Lady Lisabetta Medaglia
Calligraphy by Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir

Persona: 14th c. Italian

Artist’s astrological sign: Capricorn

What is the inspiration for your piece and why does it appeal to you? I wanted to do Capricorn, since it’s my own Astrological sign.  I love doing beasties and animals, too, so this was right up my alley; I love doing bestiary pages.  I’ve always loved it when Capricorn is displayed as the sea-goat, as I find it makes it much more interesting.  The colouring and patterns for Capricorn’s fish tail is inspired by The Hunterian Psalter, otherwise, the rest of the piece is my own.

Materials used: Hotpress watercolour paper, ink, and gouache.

What drew you to participate in this project? The whole Zodiac theme, actually! It’s always a fun theme.

What is your favorite medium to work in? I’ve only really used gouache for my painting, but I would like to try period paints sometime.

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? I love doing raised gold, and gold embossing, and I would also like to experiment with raised patterns of gold on top of gold sometime.  Whitework has always been the most challenging for me, because I sometimes have a nervous hand, or sometimes my white paint seems more transparent than opaque.  I’d love to learn how to make my lines look shakey, and more confident-looking.