May 7th, 2017

Illuminated Manuscript

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States
Artist Statement: I made a decision several months ago to give up the commission side of my art business. As my calendar had filled with teaching engagements and trips to far-flung places, it became more and more difficult to find time to squeeze in the labor-intensive custom artwork. But when my friend Mary approached me a few months ago about doing a very special piece for her, I couldn’t say no.
Mary’s cousin, Rita, had been her best friend since childhood. They were like sisters, always there for each other. Rita’s husband, Tim, had recently passed away, and Mary, wanting to help her friend in some way, had the idea for a very special sort of memorial. It would be a tribute in the form of a traditional illuminated manuscript, but with a modern twist. Not only would it include a formal reading from his funeral, one which had great meaning to the family, but it would also capture the essence of who he was as a man…
This is the link to Leslie’s blog post in which she describes the step-by-step process she used to create this complex work of art:

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

Leslie Fehling is an American artist specializing in watercolors. She does freelance work and teaches classes across the US and in Europe. Her workshops include instruction in drawing, watercolor techniques, hand lettering, page design, and travel sketching. She and her husband live in a Victorian farmhouse perched on a windy hilltop, surrounded by the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania.


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