Here is a drawing of a cute blond lad in striped hose.
Until next time
I have been doing more decorations on my tent roof.
I have previously painted the dagging and have now completed the arcading and decoration of the spoke holes and storm-guy spacer.
Here are some pictures of the arcading. I will post pictures of how it looks with the tent up after the next event.
I chose blue for the arcading, as the tent came with a blue finial knob.t
Until next time
A few weeks ago I went to my first post-lockdown re-enactment.
Teddy volunteered to cover my visits to my father and I made sure that I had done a quick covid test( which came out negative)
I packed the car on Friday morning and drove down to the site (Just beyond Salisbury) after lunch.
The event had moved since the last time I had been and was a lot easier to get to.
Once I got there, however, I had to follow the magical mystery tour getting on site and wait until they could form a convoy led by a guide ( who should really have been issued with a red flag).
We then had to empty our cars and form another convoy to the car park, so I had no opportunity to leave modern packing boxes, golf bags etc in the car and, as the carpark was some distance away, it was not practical to take them there after set up.
Consequently, I had after the tent set up so all these extra bits were concealed.
I had come up with a quicker way to rig the yellow curtains by threading and fixing them on to a rope that could then be hung from the cartwheel and tent sides using 'S' hooks. This worked very well.
I then threaded the rings of the purple curtains directly onto the cartwheel spokes.
Here is a picture of the campsite with all my flags flying, which I took on Sunday morning.
Saturday started out looking like perfect re-enactment weather, as it was sunny , but cloudy.
Unfortunately, it soon became clear that it was quite hot and very humid.
Luckily, the organisers had not arranged for any battles or tourneys and, despite the fact we had had to put only a modest fight area to the rear of our encampment ( and this was on quite a slope) , we each spent some time there training in jacks, helms and gauntlets.
I then did an Arming of the Knight in the afternoon ( with young Rupert squiring) and did a circuit of the site in full plate. It was hot and humid enough for me to be quite glad to disarm once I got back.
Here are some more pictures of the encampment,
I set up my awning next to my tent and sang mass under it on Sunday morning.
I have just completed a new calligraphy commission.
The brief was for the quotation and a border with lots of weapons and a small Hawkwood shield.
It turned out a bit more colourful than previous ones and I used acrylic gold for the background, as that much leaf would have pushed the price up quite a lot...
A few years ago, for various reasons, my husband stopped coming to re-enactments with me.
Consequently, I bought a smaller tent and soon found that a camp bed took up rather a lot of it.
My husband said he'd look into the problem.
My next birthday gift was a Boer War officer's bed. This is canvas stretched on a concertinaing wooden frame, which meant I could fold the bed up during the day to increase space in the tent.
Unfortunately, the canvas was not in good shape and soon began to show signs of strain where it was attached to the frame. I spent some time ( and some experimenting ) fixing this and it it is now serving me well.
A biproduct of this was a long piece of canvas with eyelets all round it, but with raw edges where a failed wire strengthener had been removed.
I decided I would find a use for it.
When I closed the front of the tent( as I sometimes have to do during an event) It is sometimes a bit of a faff to have to fully lace it closed. I therefore decided to rig a privacy screen that could be rolled up and suspended on the inside of the door.
I cut off the eyelets on the two long sides of the canvas and bound all the edges with twill tape.
Then I added two ring eyes to the end of a piece of dowel and bound it to the base as a weight and to aid in rolling it up.
I, of course ,decorated it appropriately.
When rolled it looks like this(the strings are for attaching it to the cartwheel spokes of the tent)
When unrolled it will look like this from outside the tent.
Hopefully, the Latin script I have painted will be visible through the inverted V of the tent door.
The first flag I painted up for my reenactment character, the bishop, was not his banner ( his personal flag) but his standard.
This is the flag that his soldiers follow and rally to.
Hence, it would be 'trooped' before his soldiers, so that they would all know what it looked like.
The banner has the bishop's arms on it; his standard has his badges and livery colours.
The bishop's bages are the devil climbing a hill holding a pearl ( a cant- or heraldic joke- on de Velmont... devel mont, or the devil climbs) and the red mitre
His livery colours are black and white- so his soldiers would wear surcoats black on the right and white on the left with a red mitre on the left shoulder. His officers would wear the demon and hill badge instead of the mitre.
When I painted the flag, I was concerned that the devil badge would not stand out if I used the black livery colour as well as the white, so I edged the banner in black instead.
It looked like this
Here is a real achievement I painted up for my friend Edmund.
I only retained the drawn achievement, so I have re-coloured it in photoshop.
Here is my marriage coat, following the ruling by the College of Arms, with my arms on the dexter.
This is blazoned
Dexter per fess gules and argent a demi lion rampant defamed and the base of a dragon volant tail enflamed conjoined and countercharged impaled with tenne a sheep in wolf's clothing ranpant proper in chief on a label of three points dovetailed chequey vert and or a russet apple with a bite taken from the sinister chief proper.
The crest is the same as I use as Bishop de Velmont and is blazoned
A demi demon rampant regardant gules holding a pearl proper issuant from a mitre in profile argent gusseted sable
Until next time
The College of Heralds rules state that the arms of husband and wife and shown impaled, with the husband's arms on the dexter.
This is a marriage coat.
When same sex marriage was written into law, the Heralds ruled that the arms should still be impaled, but that for one each husband displays their arms on the dexter.
I have now painted up the two marriage coats.
This is my husband, Teddy's.
I served as King of Arms for the Far Isles Medieval Society for many years and retain my former title of Dragon Herald.
His arms reference his two former personae as Guy Elfkin, a Renaissance fop, and the Eurgh, trainer of the Chadwell Killer Sheep.
The blazon is:
tenne a sheep in wolf's clothing proper rampant in chief on a label of three points dovetailed chequey vert and or a russet apple proper with a bite taken from the sinister chief
impaled sinister per fess gules and argent a demilion rampant defamed and the base of a dragon volant tail enflamed conjoined and countercharged.
The crest reflects that Guy Elfkin was once King of the Far Isles and further references Teddy's former persona, Violetta di Stiletto
The crest is blazoned
Within a coronet of apple and oak leaves a russet apple proper with a bite taken from the sinister chief impaled on a stiletto hilt in base.
I shall post my marriage coat in due course.
Until next time
I spent many laborious and boring hours figure drawing whilst I was at Art School, but it means I have a better understanding of how the human body works and am now able to work from found imagery.
I have, however, always found hands to be the most difficult part to draw, as they have innumerable positions, foreshortening, angles etcetera.
Thus, I sometimes still spend some time just drawing hands.
Here is a page of hand studies from my sketch book
I posted earlier about a preparatory drawing.
I have been working on a fantasy novel for many years and had been giving some thought to publication options.
When I was considering one form of self-publishing I started thinking about a cover illustration.
I came across this idea (which is based on one of the supernatural characters) in one of my sketch books.
Here is a new cartoon I have just finished.
I was on my daily walk before all the schools were closed. It was obviously Book Day and a little girl was dressed as a witch.
Unfortunately, her parents had no broom, nor the ability to make one.
So... they had given her a mop.
Here is quite a fun bit of heraldry.
This is the arms designed ( before my time as King of Arms) for the archers of a re-enactment group.
It is meant to depict one arrow splitting another.
It took me a bit of thought before I came up with the blazon.
Here is another achievement I designed for one of the fighting groups in a Re-enactment Society I used to belong to.
I have recently completed a new acrylic painting.
This was inspired by a found image of a young boy with an eagle, paintings by Holbein and paintings of Edward VI .
It is based on the hierarchy of falconry, starting with a kestrel for a knave and ending with an eagle for an emperor.