Monthly Archives: April 2014
Wings from the Medieval Galleries at the V&A and avifauna of Mottisfont.
On Easter Sunday I went to see the Medieval Galleries at the V&A. I wanted to familiarise myself with the visual sensibility of the period and to see the vessels Mottisfont Canons would have used for their religious ceremonies, particularly the … Continue reading
On a glorious, sunny afternoon I sit on the grass with the river at my back and sketch the magnificent Mottisfont Oak. It has lived for over nine centuries, possibly more. It was alive when the Priory was built in … Continue reading
During the Medieval period the contemplative, monastic life was organised around a timetable of daily prayers known as The Hours. The Canons at Mottisfont were not a closed order but led active lives in the community. It is likely that, … Continue reading
At the end of each day I return to the studio for a couple of hours drawing. I’m making letterforms using the illuminated letters from the Winchester Bible as a style guide. The alphabet that is emerging will help me … Continue reading
A tree walk with former NT forester and current volunteer John Surplice. A man who not only knows all of the trees on the estate but who planted many of them too including the impressive avenue of conifers along Benger’s … Continue reading