Monday, June 29, 2009

Bible pages

"On April 28, 1998, Donald Jackson and Brother Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, signed the contract which officially launched The Saint John's Bible. Together they embarked on a collaboration which would last almost a decade. Donald Jackson, one of the most skilled living calligraphers, is the artistic director of this project. From his Scriptorium in Wales he supervises a team of scribes and illuminators. The Bible is being written with quills on vellum, using hundred-year-old sticks of ink. The illuminations are made with a combination of ancient and modern techniques." Illuminating the Word - The Making of The Saint John's Bible - Christopher Calderhead

The illumination by Suzanne Moore.

"The locust devoured your fig trees and your olive trees; yet you did not return to me, says the Lord."

"Come to me, you who desire me, and eat your fill of my fruits."

"Like cassia and camel's thorn I gave forth perfume, and like choice myrrh I spread my fragrance." The final illumination in Sirach is by Suzanne Moore. The Art Of The Saint John's Bible - Susan Sink

This full page illustration is by Thomas Ingmire. "For unto us a child is born." This illumination is crowned with Hallelujahs! You can almost see the trumpets raised and blasting with the announcement." The Art Of The Saint John's Bibel - Susan Sink

This illumination, a colorful wall of words, is the comfort we have waited for. Thomas Ingmire has rested the book of Job on Revelation 21:4. Referring to that place beyond human suffering that we cannot grasp but that we know awaits us. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things has passed away." The Art Of The Saint John's Bible - Susan Sink

The beauty of the pages of the Bible that we viewed last week took my breath away. It was a blessed experience to be there and see them.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The International Calligraphy Conference

June 20 - 27, 2009. The 29th International Conference for Lettering Artists at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Hosted by the Colleagues of Calligraphy.

The grounds at Saint John's are serene and full of nature's glory.

Flowers in abundance.

And dragonflies everywhere!

St. Mary's Dorm is the building where Marge and I stayed.

The days were quite warm and we had some rain and thunderstorms, but the blue skies came through and we enjoyed the lovely old buildings and greenery.

Everywhere you looked, there was beauty.

Flowers, flowers and flowers!

Sexton Commons housed our favorite stores for books and art supplies. "John Neal Bookseller" and "Paper & Ink Arts".

A lovely fountain along the walk.

On Saturday, at Saint John's Abbey Church, we had the Blessing of the Tools followed by a Mass.

The beautiful wall inside.

Sunday, after the program "Donald Jackson and the American Artists of The Saint John's Bible" at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, we got to view a special exhibit of some of the Bible pages at The Great Hall, pictured here.

We had to do a lot of walking, and when we didn't have to we still took walks to take in all the lovely gardens and buildings on the campus.

Buildings filled with ivy.
Lovely old windows.

Lake Sagatagan.

More to come! The Bible, the classes, Show and Share, etc.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I'm back!

Friday, June 19, 2009


International Calligraphy Conference! See you in a week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Today, Danielle and I had a watercolor flower painting day. Here are her beautiful flowers! Sunny and bright, just like this day.

Oh Henri!

The grrrr-oomer said that I am high maintenance and need to be brushed more often.

Oh'll grow back.

Monday, June 15, 2009

To the groomer...

" Do I really have to go?"

"I can still see just fine!"

Oh No!

What? The beauty shop!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


"Is there a vacancy?"

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Binders and binders! Binder shopping yesterday. One for "Summer Art". A place to keep the schedule, information, photos, drawings and my little watercolors until they are finished. All together, and then a nice memento of the summer. And another one for the upcoming Calligraphy Conference. Needed information to keep together. I do this. I have binders on everything! They need their own bookcase! They need labeling and cataloging!

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Robin's Evening Song

Sun! A beautiful day today! And then toward evening, here is the robin boasting his orange breast, sitting on the peak of the roof, melodiously singing his evening song. It is different than his morning and daytime songs. I've heard it called his evening prayer.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Art at the Girl Scout Camp

Welcome to the Girl Scout Camp!

And here come the goldens! "Madison" and "Murphy" are anxious to greet us!

They want to say "hello" and play!

Because it was raining, I found a window inside the cabin from where I had this view. I liked this big tree with the big bump and the shovel leaning up against it.

And I got this far...
A wonderful place with nature all around and we can not wait to take them up on the invitation to return! A great day!


Steadily raining, but our plein air session is a "go"! As I leave the house, Emma is sitting on my mailbox to say "good-bye". Sue says that she is telling me that this is her address!

I love books and bookmarks!

Bookmarks from yesterday's workshop. Here you can see the little corner bookmarks made from mailing envelope corners. A nice way to recycle junk mail or any other envelopes you may receive. You just measure and cut a nice corner off and collage! They hold on to the corner of the page nicely, without slipping. And they are fun to make and decorate accordingly for cookbooks, garden books, nature books, poetry and whatever suits your fancy.

Here we create a "tag" bookmark with an envelope to match. You can see by the one in the center, how the bookmark slips in nicely into it's companion envelope. Nice little gift!

And more "in the making".

Now today is summer art and it's raining! The plan is plein air, so hope it's getting it over with early!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A busy Wednesday

Collage workshop was fun today! New friends and some wonderful old friends came and the time flew! Everyone went home with their lovely bookmarks and I hope they like them enough to make some more! Back home, it was party time for Mark's birthday! Danielle had waited patiently all day for cake! I couldn't find the candles, so we used a "big" one with one of Dan's homemade "log" holders. After all it was a "big" birthday!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

and the week goes on...

The week marches on and today I will be getting ready for my first summer workshop which is tomorrow. Bookmarks and bookmarks! They're fun! Today, I want to make more samples and finish gathering up my supplies and papers that will work best for them.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The story continues...

Emma just wasn't ready to be off on her own - or else she thinks she lives here.

Daddy Dove follows along for protection. He sits closely on the table on the deck.

Mommy, too, watches right below.

Here is the full picture. If you look closely you will see Emma on the deck railing, Daddy on the table, and Mommy on the deck floor. I guess they like it here! oh oh!