Talk about inspired!

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Birth-of-Christ-Lk Regardless of what your beliefs are, you MUST click here  & see what I have discovered today.  Thanks to Danny Gregory for his original post on this…. today I learned that, for the first time since the refinement of movable type in Germany about 1450 AD & the subsequent printing of the 'Gutenberg Bible' approx 1455 AD that a team of artisans have created a fully hand scribed, illuminated Bible called 'The Saint John's Bible'.  The artists are known as 'The community of The Saint John's Bible', & are located in a scriptorium in Monmouth, Wales – the headquarters are at Saint John's University in central Minnesota. It was created under the direction of Queen Elizabeth II's own scribe – Donald Jackson.  Oh MY GOODNESS – the pages & illustrations are TOTALLY amazing…..this one (from the site) is depicting Christ's birth – you can just see it oozing beauty of meaning in its wealth of layers.  As you would expect some of the world's finest 'hands' have been penning this work & every page is a wonder to behold – go – look – you will not be disappointed.

Acts-frontispiece-and-incip The work was being created using all natural handmade inks, gold leaf & hand-ground pigments, on vellum.  Of course the artists are using quills to create the thousands of pages. I am told it is even be available to the masses (you know – ordinary folks like you & me – well me, you're not ordinary) - for the incredibly reasonable price of $145,000 USD per copy! I hope to buy some 'gift cards' LOL!

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Some of the art was exhibited earlier this year at the Phoenix Museum.  The pics from this exhibit are actually better than the official site.

This article has a lot more info on the project & details of it's execution & you can view the timeline here.
For the calligrapher's among us – and anyone who is fascinated by this form of art – you'll love spending some time here.

I drew 3 faces today – my first one was quite black, in fact, mostly black & I don't want to show it to you.  The second one was dark & shadowed & this one, called 'Sad Eyes', was the third one.  I thought that if I just kept at it I'd work through the dark & that Iight & sunshine would eventually come – but not today – perhaps tomorrow.

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