Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After taking Lucia's calligraphy class I find myself incorporating more lettering, and I particularly like the older-looking scripts. On this gourd I've written three letters in a medieval script: 'A', 'R', and the 'TH' dipthong (for which I fudged the script). 'ARTH' is an old English word for bear, and bear is one of the most revered animals of the ancient world and the hero King Arthur is his namesake.
Originally I was planning to paint the bears but decided to leave them as drawings. The graphite was a bit too light, so I went over the whole thing with a .005 Micron pen.
Amber beads are the final touch. Baltic amber is well known, and the bear is a familiar symbol in the Baltic region, so it all fits together (for those very few who will understand the symbolism).