March 2017

March - Aries

Aries is a mighty Ramm. He is Colerik, and ruleth ye hed and face. He ussereth Spring, and so waccheth ouer places where animals giue byrth and meadows yt prepare for sowing, as well as sites of new endeuers. When Mercurie crepeth bi ye Ramm, bewar of Thieues, though works of Intellecte are also possible. When Venus cometh bi to admire the Ramm, then new loue driueth out old. If Mars swaggereth bi, then ye Realme shalbe in turmoille, and efforts onli begun vnder duresse.

Calligraphy & Illumination by Excellence Maitre Ursion de Gui

Persona: French 1240

Artist’s astrological sign: Aquarius

What is the inspiration for your piece and why did it appeal to you? I got my inspiration from the reliefs of Amiens Cathedrals and the big tyinpan of narthex, and other Cathedrals doors dedicated to zodiac signs.  Since I had to work on Aries, half of the illumination is depicting the preparation of the vines.  I created the image of Aries with a fishtail, in accordance with the text.

Materials used: Tempera (watercolor)

What drew you to participate in this project? New challenge.

What is your favorite medium to work in? Tempera and gold.

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Shrinking a document format.