I have this on a podcast!! I have a lot of Anglo-Saxon podcasts... (I'm kind of obsessed)
"Yes, that is English, just from a really long time ago." Reminds me of a time I told one of my friends about translating Old English, and he said, "How hard is that? It's just a bunch of 'thee's and 'thou's." To which I grabbed Beowulf and began reading it aloud..."Hwaet we gar-dena in geardagum..." That changed his mind, hehe
Anywho, this is beautiful work. I'm also obsessed with illumination. I can't do it, but I love looking at it! The "F" is very Book of Kells - esque. You have some nice knotwork here.
Thanks very much for your compliment. There's no way I could think up knots on my own; I have a book of Celtic designs that is immensely helpful. I'm going to have to start putting up more illuminations. I've been practicing and doing more lately. Maybe in a couple of weeks...
I miss drawing Celtic knots.. I used to do them all the time. 'Course I haven't had much drawing time lately, so maybe I'll get back to them one day! They're a lot of fun... basically you can create any knot with variations on the four-strand braid, set in different shapes.
Well, he didn't appreciate it as much as you would have, I'm sure, but he liked it well enough and it was a darn good first try at illumination. I was going to save making you something until I got a bit more practice in. I am open to commissions, though, you know, and I give 100% discounts to best friends. Or you can have Psalm 32 or John 12:24, if you like.
could you do me Isaiah 43:1-3 ? no hurry though. I suppose it is a bit of an unusual gift. maybe he'll appreciate it more in a few decades, once you've moved on to other things, and he no longer has another Anglo-Saxonist to talk to.