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yorukamome [userpic]
works in progress...as usual!

the truest reason for I'm so late with my work, with my works, with posts and comments and so on...the reason for I'm ALWAYS
late - I begin to think I AM sort of a man-in-progress!...I had planned to work at many pieces together, in order to have easier and
shorter times with all the preparations (gesso, inks, colors) so that I would also have slower rythms with the writings...well, can't
say why - perhaps I'm still "contaminated" after my previous essays in "modern objects" - I ended by being late once again: to tell
the truth, I've realized how impossible it is to "plan" in such a way when my items can get to be unbelievably restless, disobedient,
stubborn...you may think I'm crazy, and maybe I am, but...have you ever tried to oblige a damn' sticky pinkish strange fluid to obey?
So, my struggle goes on, and this is the poor point I have reached at present - the "lettrines" in gold you can see below are a little
part of a wider number of "mini-folia" I'm doing now (some of them were supposed to be my Xmas' gifts to my friends, shame on
me! well, the idea of many "similar and all the same unique" pieces was too tempting, but I'm afraid I've overvalued myself...:

size - from 9 x 9 to 11 x 11 cms;
vellum - Cowleys' "kelmscott";
gilding - gold leaf 23.1/3 kt on gesso;
inks & colors - a mix of modern and ancient: minium & lapislazzuli original (XVIIth century); shell gold is spread all over.


Ah, this was posted when technology let me down and I was offline some weeks. Nice to see it now. I like the idea of the lettrines, even if you were late! They remind me of illuminated manuscripts.