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11 August 2007 @ 02:34 pm
Unfortunately I was a horrible photographer, and often did not take any images of my work.

Sir Valerian made this beautiful shield, as well, and construction was very similar to the Tristan shield.

This is the only image I have of the Elizabethan pageant shield, presented to king John and Queen Gabrielle at West Kingdom Purgatorio, AS 29 by Valerian and I.

Elizabethan pageant shield

The knight with his armour scattered about is strongly influenced by the portrait of George Clifford in pageant costume by Hilliard, (see http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/h/hilliard/clifford.html) and the Lady is influenced by Gheeraerts "Ditchley" portrait of Elizabeth 1. I can't remember what quote was used, and can't make it out from the photo. There might be allusions to St George? (Goauche on gesso on wood. ~ 1mx 0.9m)
11 August 2007 @ 02:18 pm
Miniature and some detail work from Valerian and Rowena's Fealty Scroll, during their reign as Lochac's 4th Prince and Princess,AS 23. 2nd attempt at period portraiture.

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11 August 2007 @ 01:54 pm
I'm very fond of the piece of work - despite its many problems. It was my first completed illumination and my first (decidedly flawed) attempt at period style portraiture.

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09 August 2007 @ 08:50 pm
I don't remember much about this little pen & ink drawing, although I recognise an attempt to force my own illustration style into something more period - so a tentative attempt at 16th century pen & ink.

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09 August 2007 @ 07:45 pm
This is my favourite large piece of work, and is a joint project with Viscount Valerian, who made the beautiful shield itself, and is also responsible for the idea, this photo and general encouragement.

There are a few extant 15th & 16th century Parade shields (see example of a 15h c Flemish shield here: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_mla/s/shield_of_parade.aspx)
These painted shields were possibly used in pageants or as a tourney prize.

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04 August 2007 @ 03:12 pm
Miniatures were very popular in the English court with some the most famous artists being Hans Holbein (in the early portion of the 16th c), Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver (in the later 16th c). My journal name probably gives away my admiration for these artists!

These 2 miniatures are based on ones by Hilliard (and here is a good site for admiring the real thing http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp07108&role=art )

Viscountess Rowena & Tomas Fitzsimon

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04 August 2007 @ 02:34 pm
These are both a piece of my own artistic history and a some pieces of Lochac History.

Here are several examples of my attempt at a 16th Century English miniaturists style, while still trying to capture a likeness as well.

Viscountess Talietha of Bran Innes

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27 June 2007 @ 10:30 pm
Arrived back late last week, and am now back to work.

I've loaded a few more photos on Photobucket, here


The best bits (tho probably forgotten a few)

The view of Hong Kong flying in on my way over.

Venice, practically all of it except the Vaporetto No 1 trip! Mostly San Marco, the view from the Campanile, riding the Vaporettos around the outside of the island, the Grand Canal, the evening walks, the little canals (I took many many canal pictures) and the architecture (ditto many pictures).

Running across the Corpus Christi Parade in Bologna (and the street party)

The Duomo in Firenze.

The Bronzinos at the Uffizi, and Eleanor of Toledo portraits.

The Costume musuem at the Pitti (despite walking up 200 stairs then being told to come back later!). The Silver museum at the Pitti (the Medici treasury) with its beautiful jewelry and figurines.

The Basilica at Pisa, and listening to the guide sing - the harmonics!.

Lunch in the very busy Piazza at Sienna. The stunning Duomo, particularly the illuminated Choir books in the beautiful little Library.

San Gimignano: the views, the tower, and lunch at the stunning little restaurant overlooking the countryside.

The view from Perugia, the municipal escalators up through its dungeons to the old town, its flag twirling rennaisance style matching band, and evening drinks on the terrace.
17 June 2007 @ 04:30 pm
Currently in Perugia in Umbria

We have been visiting beautiful hill towns for the last couple of days. We spent the day in Pisa, which isn't a Hill town, then a day in Sienna. We walked up from the train station - everyone else took the bus. Very sensible of them as it is a loooooong way up. Had lunch at a pizzeria on the Camp and watched the people. Very pretty Duomo with great Illuminated choir books.

Next day we took the bus out to San Gimagino. It is a tiny Medieval hill town famous for its towers. Very small. Surrounded by stunning Tuscano countryside. We climbed one of the Towers (250 stairs including the very steep ladder to the roof. Very windy up there but great view. Several pictures on the photobucket site. Had luch at a little Restaurant with a truly stunning view over the surrounding countryside. Also had great food (best meal so far!)

Today we arrived in Perugia, in Umbria. It is a bigger hill town, with stunning views of the Umbrian countryside (also some pics added). Today in the main piazza was a vintage car rally and the Perugian marching band - drums, trumpets, costumes and flag twirling. They were pretty impressive. Perugia is best known for its Bacci chocolates!

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mostly scenery from San Gimignino and Perugia

Heading back to Australia in a couple of days.
12 June 2007 @ 05:04 pm
Logging in via dodgy Hotel network! (apparently can't do an lj cut, sorry!)

I've updated the Photobucket site with some more photos;

Some of them are tourist pics - in Venice we were wandering past the Campanile when suddenly we noticed there was no queue to get in. We grabbed the chance and went to the top to get a fantastic view of venice. 

In Venice it was the Biennale of Art, not far from where we were staying- Lots of odd sights possibly related to the Biennale - a giant metal skull outside a 17th century church (didn't get a picture - the vaporetto was too crowded|), purple alligators on the facades of grand canal palazzos, and an inflatable pink bunny floating around the lagoon!)

The most expensive collection of luxury motor launches, in one place plus 4 huge Ocean cruise ships.

We stayed in Bologna for a couple of days after Venice. It is nnot as touristy and has a medieval town center with impressive fortifications. There was an impromptu "dance party" in the main piazza - probably protesting Bush and G8. Lots of people, costumes, drunk uni students, fire eaters, acrobats and drums.   The next morning we watched a Church procession ()maybe for Corpus Christi) - Priests, brothers, nuns, alter servers, parishioners, gold canopy, paintings, gold ornaments, choir, band, scouts throwing flower petals... the parade left and then the stragglers came running after it - a lone saxophonist and several tardy scouts, trying to catch up. 

Currently in Firenze. Visited the Uffizi this morning, and explored the town centre today. The Duomo is stunning outside and Huge!