May 2017

May - Gemini

Gemini consisteth of two Twin brothers, Castor and Pollux. Thei are Sanguin, and ruleth ye Arms, Sholders and Hands. Thei are especial Iuges, both of Caractere and of Situations, for thei haue excellent Vnderstanding. If the Mone seeketh out the Twins, then She shall learn Ingeniositie and be enspired wt Curiosite, and would be a famous Legat. If Mars hopeth to procure ye Twins, then no good shall come of it, for He shall vse their Intellecte for Harm and Wekedness.

Calligraphy & Illumination by Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev

Persona: 14th C. Russian

Artist’s astrological sign: Gemini

Inspiration for your piece and why does it appeal to you? The Book of Fixed Stars, an Arabic text of astronomy originally written in 964 by Abd al-Rhaman al-Sufi. It has been copied and translated several times over the centuries. The specific image I used for inspiration came from a 14th c. edition. I wanted to do something that was different than the usual European art sources.

Materials used: pergamenata, gouache, silver and gold watercolor (Schmincke), iron gall ink

What drew you to participate in this project? I really liked the astrology theme.

What is your favorite medium to work in? Ink; for mundane art, I mostly do color pencil and pastels.

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Blending and shading with paints, also people.