Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Medieval Blond

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of a cute blond lad in striped hose.


Until next time

Adieu

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Tent Roof

 Greetings

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

Adieu

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Mitre Tent Flag

 Greetings

I have been spending some time enhancing and decorating my tent.

This is the flag I painted for the finial. It shows the bishop's red mitre badge.



Until next time


Adieu

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Chalke Valley Festival

 Greetings

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.



There was minor fly in the ointment when we were told that one group had all gone to the beer tent and come back to find their tents had been ransacked and stuff stolen ( despite site security).

Luckily, we had had people in camp that night , but we arranged camp guards from then on.

We had a moderate number of punters, but,as in previous years, they were mostly good quality punters.
Most could recognise a bishop and several translated the Latin motto on my standard.

Sunday was wet- occasionally very wet.

We were initially told we might be allowed to pack up and go early, but this didn't happen and we had to form up a convoy in the carpark at 6.30.

I had closed the tent after lunch and began to pack down, which speeded things up- a little.

I then had a horrendous drive home through downpours which sometime reduced visibility to fog conditions and got home about 10.00.

But-taking one thing with another- it was generally quite a good show and I''m glad I went-. It certainly proved that me going and Teddy covering works.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 21 July 2021

New Calligraphy Commission

 Greetings

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...


Until next time

Adieu


Sunday, 18 July 2021

Jedi

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of two cute Jedi boys from my sketchbook


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Sanctuary Screen

 Greetings

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.


It translates as ' Now you don't see it.'

Until next time 

Adieu


 


Saturday, 10 July 2021

Mage

 Greetings

Here is a rough sketch of a painting idea from my sketch book.


This may well become a painting at some point.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Raising the standard

 Greetings

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


The bishop has an Italian see and was made a knight by the pope, so has the insignia of the papal states in the hoist-rather than the cross of St George(for England)

The motto is the more acceptable of the de Velmont Mottos - their warcry "seize the prize".
(Their other motto is " Habemus Fortuna Diaboli", which translates as "We have the luck of the Devil" )

I have posted previously about painting the dagging on my tent roof. I alternated the dags black with a white mitre and white with a red mitre- Thus I have added a white mitre on black to the bishop's badges.

I have recently been to my first post-lockdown re-enactement( which I will post about later) and decided that I would update the banner.

It now looks like this.



I think it is greatly improved and I also replaced the support strings with a better crosspole support

As you can see, my fears for the devil not  being visible were unfounded.

I plan to reveal it a the next reenactement at Hever Castle in August.

Until next time

Adieu






Saturday, 3 July 2021

Jack In The Green

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of a ballet dancer from my sketch book 


The image I used for this was only a few centimetres tall.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Arms for Edmund

 Greetings


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.


This is a modern coat for a baronet and is blazoned:

azure a snake nowed or between three seagulls proper on a canton dexter chief ermine a plume enfilling a coronet both or on an inescution centre chief argent a hand gules.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Knight in the Stable

 Greetings

Here  is a drawing from my sketch book.


Until next time

Adieu

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Marriage coat 2

 Greetings

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

Adieu

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Hunk

 Greetings

Here is a new drawing of  a young hunk using monochrome coloured pencils.


Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 12 June 2021

Marriage Coat 1

 Greetings

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

Adieu

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Hands

 Greetings

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


Until next time

Adieu




Saturday, 5 June 2021

New Painting

 Greetings

I posted earlier about a preparatory drawing.


I have now completed the painting.



It is painted and airbrushed in acrylics.

Here is the drawing again, so you can see where I started from.


I am quite pleased with the way this has come out.


Until next time

Adieu



Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Piper

 Greetings

Here is drawing of medieval musician from one of my sketch books.



until next time 

Adieu


Saturday, 29 May 2021

New Drawing

 Greetings

Here is a new coloured pencil drawing of a young man in his underwear.


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Blue Boy

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of my superhero character Blue Boy.

I call this one 'Blue Boy Captured'.

Until next time 

Adieu


Saturday, 22 May 2021

Preparatory Drawing

 Greetings

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.


In the end I decided on a different idea for the potential cover (which I may post about at a later date).

I am, however, now working on a painting based on this pencil and ink sketch.

I will post about it when it is finished.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Piratical

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of young piratical fellow from my sketch book.


Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 15 May 2021

Which Witch?

 Greetings

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.


Until next time

Adieu





Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Fifteenth Century Elf

 Greetings

Here is a drawing from my sketch book.

Until next time


Adieu


Saturday, 8 May 2021

New Painting

 Greetings

I have just completed a new acrylic painting.


I am calling this "Judge Jane".

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Glass

 Greetings

One of the things I am always trying to do is to find ways to successfully render many different surfaces and textures.

glass is one of the more difficult ones.

Here is a pencil study I made.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 1 May 2021

Archers

 Greetings

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.



I blazon this as : 

Per fess vert and or an arrow proper palewise point in chief  splitting another of the same palewise the two halves embowed and counter embowed

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 28 April 2021

dark hair

 Greetings

Here is a drawing from my sketch book of a cute guy with long black hair.


Until next time

Adieu

 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

New Painting

 Greetings

I have just completed another small painting.

I spent some time getting the airbrush effects to come out as I wanted, particularly with the shadow profiles.


I am calling this one "Felix Anima".

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Birch trees

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of some silver birch trees I found in one of my sketch books.

Studies like this often find their way into larger paintings of the Landscape of Dreams.


Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Second Hand Pooch

 Greetings

Here is a Doctor Who cartoon I did as an illustration to someone else's filk song.



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Glider Lord

Greetings


Here is a drawing of my Elfsex  character, Lord Saal, from my sketchbooks.



Until next time

Adieu



Sunday, 11 April 2021

At least an ounce

 Greetings

Here is another achievement I designed for one of the fighting groups in a Re-enactment Society I used to belong to.

This is blazoned : sable an ounce head erased proper engorged of a collar barry or and gules

I also gave them their motto: " More Than An Ounce Of Courage"

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Neil

 Greetings

Here is a portrait of a guy I used to know from Science Fiction conventions.



He was known as Neil The Goth.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 3 April 2021

The Elf's Back

 Greetings

Here is an ink drawing of my Elfsex character, Raven



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

new picture

 Greetings


Here is a new small acrylic painting I have just finished



I am calling this one "Nuthatch".

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 27 March 2021

Revolutionary

 Greetings

Here is a cute Frenchie from the Paris mob.


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

New painting

Hi

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.


I even used the portrait of Richard III for the Collar of State and the hand holding the ring.

I am quite pleased with how the various textures have come out.

I call this picture "The Emperor"

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 20 March 2021

Regency Beau

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of a Regency Beau from my sketch book



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Dragon Head

 Greetings

I haven't posted about heraldry for a bit, so here is an achievement I designed.


this is blazoned:

or a dragon's head erased gules engorged of a collar barry sable and argent

Until next time

Adieu