Saturday, September 20, 2014

Marie la Fauconniere Pelican

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the wonderful world of peerage scrolls. 

So...Marie got put on vigil the day that Maire got made a Pelican, so we all understand the slight confusion that these two wonderful ladies might have inspired on that day.  I might not fit in my hats if too many more awesome people ask me to do their peerage scrolls.  Anywho-  The scroll.  She said to 'have fun with it'  and fun was definitely had.  I've always wanted to paint something from this book of hours, but I hadn't had enough lead time to do so for someone with a French Persona. Heh. Heh. Heh.

The Source:    Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne was commissioned likely between 1503-1508.  It is held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France as Ms lat. 9474.  The two angels with the nesting chalice seemed like the most appropriate full page illumination for Marie, given her persona's personal history.  I am sure that both angels were present at her elevation, and just as joyously happy as everyone present. 

The Scottish thistle, those that know her know why I chose this image.






The Thistle!

 Butterfly.  Not sure why its turned the wrong way. 

 Initial "I"

Chalice with the Palace, the bears, and the baby pelicans.  

I didn't keep track very well of how long this took me.  It was roughly 3 weeks of every evening work.  I would get distracted and flutter off and then come back to it.  The lettering I pulled the letter shapes from the various pages of text i had, choosing the letter I liked best for each one. 

Materials:  Pergamenata, Gouache, Drawing Ink and my trusty Desk lamp. 

Wording by Master Cerian Cantwr

In the SCA we do many different things.  Some of us fight glorious battles, others craft wondrous works of art, and finally some organize and administrate.  Those in the last set are not the deeds of which the bards do sing.  Which is a pity.  For without someone to set things up, make schedules,and take on paperwork; all the other cool things we do in the Society, don't happen.  Though these tasks are vital, they are also all to often thankless.

But not today. Marie la Fauconniere is a lady who makes things happen.  She has managed more events and held more offices than one can shake a reasonably sized stick at.  If you need a demo done, an event planned,or cats herded - talk to Marie. She can, with a seeming wave of her hand, cause these things to take place -and she makes it all look easy.  This is indeed a rare and precious gift, and one to be treasured. With that in mind do We, Cameron and Amalie, King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, make Marie a Pelican this day.  Done this 13th day of September while sitting on our thrones in our Shire of Ravenslake.