January 2018 – Iceland


“Island” is Iceland in Icelandic.

Calligraphy and Illumination by Baroness Cassandra Boell von Bayer

Why did you choose this culture? I chose it because so much interesting literature was written there – the sagas, some wonderful shorter stories, such as Adun and his Bear – which was my inspiration for the art. The story is about a typically northern (Norse, viking, Icelandic) understanding of gift exchange.
Materials used: acrylic paint on paper.
What is your favorite medium to work in? My favorite mediums are pencil and oil paints.
What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Challenging media are any water based paints (like acrylic). They dry too fast for comfort.
What is a piece of advice would you give a new scribe? Buy the very best quality paints and especially brushes you can manage. They really do make a difference.