February 2017

February - Pices

Pisces appereth ithe form of two Fish. Ye paire are Phlegmatic, and rule ye fete. Thei gouern places of stilnesse, swich as pondes, hermitages and houses near water. When ye Mone schineth vpon ye Fish, than it is a time to enioi quietesse, but bewar ye temptacion of drunkenness. If Mercurie hath bisynesse wt the Fish, he coude be calming and easie, or he maibe a verie asse or idiote. When Venus paieth a visit, she endeth arguments peacefully, but she coude be idle and spend her dai abed and nat care for her reputacioun.

Calligraphy & Illumination by Mistress Eloise of Coulter

Persona:  Eloise was born in Coulter, a village in Lanarkshire, Scotland, lying close by the town of Biggar and the River Clyde, and ruled by Patrick Fleming, the Lord of the Barony of Biggar. Daughter of a prosperous sheep farmer, her brother is significantly older and the sole heir of her parents. In 1336 to hedge the family bets during the turmoil of the second Scottish war of independence, her family decided to marry her to a member of the English forces then “visiting.” Later when he returned to his home of Lewes in Sussex, England, she went with him and manages his property and household while he fights in Edward III’s wars in France as part of Earl John de Warenne’s and then Earl Richard Fitzalan’s levy.

Artist’s Astrological Sign: Pisces

What is the inspiration for your piece and why does it appeal to you?
I looked for an exemplar that would fulfill my current goal of reproducing historic documents to accurate scale, while still being aesthetically pleasing in the landscape format required by a calendar layout.

Materials used: Gouache and ink on Bristol board

Other notes of interest about your piece: The text that makes up the body of the fish is the original Latin text that make up the fish in the manuscript.

What drew you to participate in this project?: They asked.

What is your favorite medium to work in?: Gouache on vellum

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite?: I am not very familiar with early period scripts, as I don’t generally care for the aesthetics of the very early manuscript art.  The roman rustic in this piece gave me fits as it is much more spaced out than my favorite layouts.