Merry Christmas! Joyeaux Noel!
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.
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.
It was a lot harder to draw these tiny little figures than I thought!
Some shiny gold leaf gave it a festive look…
I found this 8″ x 10″ burlap stretched onto a wooden frame at Hobby Lobby.
Using acrylics, watercolors, and embroidery thread, I created this scene of an angel showering the earth with stars, announcing the birth of the Savior. One shepherd drops in fear, hiding his face; the other is unafraid, eager to reach up and receive a divine message. While working on this piece, I continually asked, ‘Which one am I?”
Since the ice-cream bars and sandwiches were heavier than the cookies, I pushed a safety pin into the wet clay (see photo) for a sturdier hook.
This sketch was inspired by a stone relief by a 12th century artist named Gislebertus, Using acrylic paints and gel medium, I painted this scene for the icon exhibit currently at Hope Chapel this holiday season. Here’s some process photos:
Thanks for stopping by to see my art. I hope the Light of the Christmas story fills you with joy. ~Scarlett