Yesterday I got this booklet in the mail that I so look forward to twice a year. It has all kinds of local classes ... from business, and computers to cake decorating and sewing. There was even one on how to start a Blogger blog. I think I can skip that one. ;-)
One class caught my eye. Medieval Illuminations. I have always loved these. Don't know what they are? Here are a few ...
Aren't they spectacular? I really love the initials ...
The Book of Kells is one very famous illuminated text.
This is an "O". Who knew a simple letter could be so beautiful?
Another famous one ... The Book of Hours. Isn't it incredible?
I actually painted a letter like this above the crib in the nursery ... I did it when I was pregnant with my first baby and even though, we moved her to another room, I didn't have the heart to paint over it so I just covered it with a picture. Its still there!
One problem. I have no artistic talent whatsoever and wonder if there is drawing involved or if its just the coloring that's taught. I saw a video of someone doing this here and while its fascinating, it is very labor intesive. I don't see myself taking this class because I'm afraid it may be way over my head, but I do love to admire these beautiful pieces of art.
(All photos Wikipedia)