Monday, February 24, 2014


To add a digital background texture to a charcoal life drawing, I used a page from the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated manuscript from a monastery off the coast of Northumberland (in northern England) from around the year 700. The Gospels are on display in the British Library in London.

The Lindisfarne Gospels, lavishly illustrated and hand lettered with incredible skill and artistry, are thought to have been created in a monastery scriptorium by Eadfrith, a monk who became the Bishop of Lindisfarne in 698 and died in 721.

40" x 30"

I kind of doubt that Eadfrith had this kind of art in mind as he slaved away in the scriptorium. 

Yep, kinda doubt it. 

Sort of.