Merry Christmas, Saint Louis!


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The Crusader Bible, currently on view at the Blanton Museum of Art, features 13th century French gothic manuscripts, as well as armor and manuscript making materials.  The exhibit runs til April 3rd, 2016.

I had the chance to spend some time at the exhibit this week and have been absolutely amazed at the fine details in the pictures!  I used images from medieval manuscripts as inspiration for this hand-drawn nativity. Cutting out several images from colored copies, I composed a scene full of characters.

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These pictures are from the Crusader Bible, attributed to the court of King Louis IX.  Quickly, the composition became crowded! Then I tried to add a banner with ‘Merry Christmas’ in French.

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It was a lot harder to draw these tiny little figures than I thought!

Some shiny gold leaf gave it a festive look…

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I wish you all a blessed and safe Christmas season and a Happy New Year!  ~Scarlett
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Published in Somerset Studio, Fall 2012

Surprised and delighted to have a little something of mine published in the new Somerset Studio.

The challenge for this issue was to create art in honor of Edgar Allen Poe.

I submitted this mixed-media piece based on his poem “The Coliseum”…

This issue has some really beautiful collage papers included…

Many thanks to the folks at Somerset Studio for including my piece in this issue!

I finally got a FB page up yesterday!  I’ll be posting drawings and photos that don’t make it onto the blog so be sure and go give it a click and ‘like’ it!

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I’m working on some sketches for this year’s Candy Corn Queen and wishing fall would hurry up and cool things off.

Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for visiting!

 

 

Inspired by Poe

Somerset Studio put a call out for art inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe a few months ago. I decided to try make a small art collage inspired by one of my favorite poems.

“The Coliseum’ is not one of Poe’s more famous poems, but I discovered it when we went through ancient Rome for the first time in our home history studies.   I’ve never been to Rome but I’d love to go someday.  When I read this poem, I can just imagine how it must be walking up to a huge crumbling structure like the Coliseum, so full of history and ‘swarthy bats’.

Here’s the first few lines of the poem:

“Type of the antique Rome! Rick reliquary

Of lofty contemplation left to Time

By buried centuries of pomp and power…

I kneel an altered and humble man,

Amid thy shadows and so drink within

My very soul thy grandeur, gloom, and glory!…

Here, where a hero fell, a column falls!

Here, where the mimic eagle glared in gold,

A midnight vigil holds the swarthy bat…”

I layered an image of the Coliseum over an image of flying bats, along with a photo of me with a veil and a line from the poem.I printed the layered photo onto a transparency and mounted it onto heavy card stock, old newsprint, and then cardboard. I printed out the text and mounted it separately. Then I inked the edges and stamped around the whole thing.

I thought this chain looked sort of antique so I used it to embellish the side, along with sheer black ribbon.

I searched through my entire junk drawer and pulled out  a few things that could’ve conceivably been found on the floor of the Coliseum: a piece of gold jewelry lost by a wealthy spectator, a carved wooden amulet belonging to a slave kidnapped from his homeland, a cross from a Christian martyr, a tooth from one of the beasts set loose in the arena, and a piece of string from a net used to entangle a gladiator. With just a little imagination….

I’m still working on more ideas for art to donate to the hospital. I have way too many ideas and not enough time.  Hopefully, this weekend I’ll have some time to get some of those ideas sketched out and colored.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a happy Thursday!

The White Owl in the Belfry

Owls and poetry again!

I drew this sketch to go along with Tennyson’s poem “The Owl”.

With the holidays upon us, he had to have some festive adornment, of course.

The Owl
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

When cats run home and light is come,
And dew is cold upon the ground,
And the far-off stream is dumb,
And the whirring sail goes round,
And the whirring sail goes round;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

When merry milkmaids click the latch,
And rarely smells the new-mown hay,
And the rooster hath sung beneath the thatch
Twice or thrice his roundelay,
Twice or thrice his roundelay;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits

Copyright 1893

I’ve been working on some stuffed owls this week, as well.
You all know I don’t really sew, which makes working with fabric a true adventure!

Like many of you, I’m going to take a blogging break for the rest of the week.
We’re going to be eating, visiting with family here in town, eating,  and then putting up Christmas stuff over the weekend after we eat again.

This year, I’m especially thankful that Knox is still with us.  He recently turned 16 months old!  He also lost one of his contacts so he’s having to wear his little glasses until his new pair arrive.  We love this little guy!!

I wish you and your family a peaceful and blessed week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marbled Paper Owl Collages

The scraps of paper left over  from my kid’s  autumn trees were so cool, I had to do something with them.

I cut out some owl designs and made three collages.

 

Love the texture of the paint!

 

The long pieces are scraps left over from the leaves we cut out for the last post.

This is a photo of the paint tray itself (with all the swirly paint still in it) layered over the collage.

 

I’ve never been great at writing poetry, but I wish I was.

 

 

 

I’m not ready for the autumn season to be over yet! My favorite time of the year always flies by so fast.

I”m going to do my best to enjoy this last autumn-y weekend before the Christmas season officially begins.

Have a wonderful weekend!