Picture Profile: 1807 Illuminated Gothic “G” for George

1807 Commission – Illuminated “G”

Artist Code: 1807. Illuminated G for George. Completed 10 January 2019. Original water colour with metallic gold paint in gum arabic. 9″ x 12″, Aquarelle Arches acid free heavyweight 140lbs.

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This little illumination was commissioned by “George’s” Grandmother for his 21st Birthday. I had a bit of turmoil over the colours in this design, having not met George, so was on tenterhooks until the commissioner gave her blessing, saying she “loved it”! So all was well. I started with pale colours, including on the “G” itself, but with the lovely black dog and white Everest mountain, the G paled into insignificance, when of course it should be the main focal point. So I covered the G with silver paint, then mixed a turquoise blue and layered this over the dried silver. I liked the effect very much, and felt it was a much better effect than the previous colours. There are lots of little zoomorphics in this piece – a real pleasure to design and paint.

 

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