Picture Profile: 1608 H-C Illumination (Commission)

1608 Commission – Illumination: 24ct raised gold leaf, shell gold and water colour

Artist Code: 1608. COMMISSION Completed 1st November 2016. Original water colour on¬†Aquarelle Archies 100% cotton rag. Size 18″ x 24″ (No Prints) Embellished with real gold leaf on raised gesso base. SOLD

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This was a wonderful commission to receive. It was the largest illumination I have produced so far, and a real challenge over such a large surface. However, the commissioner gave me so much information about the recipient’s life and times, that a composition flowed out quite easily. Any Cambridge University alumni who were into sports during their time at Cambridge will recognise the Hawks Building in Portugal Place to which I was invited to attend a special lunch to hand over the painting. Unfortunately, the recipient could not make it on the day, but the picture was still shown off and everyone clapped – which gave me a lovely warm feeling. A lovely experience all round. And the lunch was absolutely delicious.

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