Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Romans uploads to DeviantArt

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Some Coptic Calligraphy

Its Sunday in my timezone #Script #copticscript #copticcalligraphy

Some calligraphy using a script derived from Greek to admire.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Blue Mary Three

#bluemary #MaryQueenofHeaven #ultamarineblue

Here's some works in which the blue may be azurite or smalt rather than lazulite or has been mixed with other pigments to darken or lighten the color.

While Blue symbolizes Mary note how the use and placement also effects the composition overall?

I have selected works in 3 different styles and media that span the centuries.

Gerard David Annunciation 
Flemish Gothic Oils 

Fra Angelico 
Italian Renaissance 
Coronation of Virgin 

Finally moving back in time a 6th century Byzantine work !

Saturday, 9 June 2018

3 More Blue Marys

More Blue Mary

#LapisLazuli pigment and Mary as Queen of Heaven
Note that I have chosen three different media.

A #byzantine #mosaic  blue glass tiles

Ethiopian wall painting from Axum 

French Illuminated Manuscript

Sunday, 3 June 2018



Mary is frequently but NOT always depicted wearing a BLUE robe or cape.

Usually blue of an intensity that suggest ultramarine lapis lazuli was used as the pigment.

There are two main reasons why sometimes blue is used and sometimes its not.

ONE Lapis lazuli blue was an expensive imported mineral and well contracts for paintings survive they often specifiy actually how much lapis lazuli is to be bought and used as a dry pigment that can be measured out.

Only wealthy patrons could afford and commission Mary as Queen of Heaven images.

TWO Sometimes she is not shown wearing blue not just because of the expense of the blue pigment but because an other aspect of beliefs about her are being emphasized.

Here are some examples

This is part of the Ghent Altarpiece by Van Eyck
As Ghent was a major city cathedral blue is used here to make Mary stand out from the other 3 Marys at the Tomb.

However this Flemish painter does not use blue possibly to emphasize the role and presence of the Apostles?

If you're using blue for an illumined manuscript and covering a smaller area you can "blue mary"!

no ultramarine here though! the blue gray  in the cape may be smalt or azurite mixed with something else.

and here its Christ who wears Blue not the women!

More examples next post!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

More MAY Updates - Patreon and Redbubble

Another #patreon reward has just been posted

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A new design is up on #redbubble

Wednesday, 23 May 2018


the MAY #patreon rewards are up!

I have done 3 also I may put up some more if I get some feedback or response ... comments pledges etc ...