This is a practice piece for a script I’m learning called Artificial Uncial, which dates from very early medieval times in the British Isles. A surprisingly difficult script to learn. I have been finding inspiring quotes to practice with and this one seems particularly apt for these times, where outward differences between people seem more and more problematic.
Hi everyone, having a good Saturday I hope? Here is a rough draft of a comic I made a few months ago about a real-life experience I had with my son. Yes, it really happened as so. Kids…at what point do they realize that you can’t speak your mind all the time? For a while, a couple years ago, I did more comics than anything else such as painting or calligraphy. It is refreshing to go back and re-read those to get a chuckle or two.
Greeting card, blank on the inside, of one of my oil paintings. Autumn/fall theme appropriate for the season. Zazzle is available also in many other countries. Go to http://www.zazzle.co.xx/letiziamorley and fill in your country code after xx to see my shop in your currency. Support a poor starving artist! 😬
I only recently began experimenting with vector drawing. I always have been a little afraid of digital art with Photoshop, etc. because there seems to be no end of things to learn and I don’t know where to start. Plus you have to put out a decent amount of money to buy Photoshop and related software. Well, I still don’t have Photoshop but I was asked to do a logo for a local charity and so I messed around with an app made for iPad called InkPad. It uses vectors but is much smaller and simpler than Photoshop. This design is for an organisation that works to bring young children and elderly suffering from dementia together for tea dances and other social events. The woman who asked for the logo said she wanted a blue Tang fish like Dory from Finding Nemo so I looked at photos of those and distilled the essential elements into a simple image.
Ten years ago now, my husband and I spent a lovely summer in Siena, where he was doing some studies on Dante. He was there 6 weeks and I for 5–because of a passport renewal that wasn’t delivered on time as promised and therefore I missed my original flight. Still, 5 weeks is quite a good length of time!
In Siena they have beautiful medieval buildings, great food, vibrant local culture and a good climate…well, most places in Tuscany seem that way. From our base there, we went on weekend trips to other places.
Here below is the Piazza del Campo, the magnificent medieval town square. Sienese architecture is known for its distinctive tower designs and its black and white striped stone walls.
Every summer, the piazza is the site of a very unique event in Sienna: the Palio. It is a horse race tracing back to medieval times. The event takes place twice, once in July and once in August. Large amounts of soil are placed around the perimeter of the square and pressed down to make a firm dirt track. Ten horses with ten bareback jockeys go round this course 3 times. Before the race, there is an elaborate pageant with people dressed as knights and such. Each horse represents a contrada, or city ward. Each contrada comprises residents of a certain part of the city and has its own flag and songs. At the Palio, flags of all colours are flying and being waved as members of different contrade (plural) chant their songs and stared down rivals.
In the spring I had discovered a tiny water lily plant hiding under a big mass of dead leaves in a dry pond in my yard. I transplanted it to a different pond and waited to see what would become of this. From only 4 shriveled leaves, the plant grew exponentially and soon its deep red lily pads covered the surface of the pond. I wasn’t expecting much after that but one day I woke to find that there were three flower buds. Soon they opened into what you see here–glorious! I, as a geeky gardener, was literally jumping up and down when I saw the lilies. My son and daughter were also excited and each day we went out to see them, full of wonder. Alas, now the lilies have finished blooming but my photos of them are with me still .