Text, artwork, and calligraphy are all by me. The
lettering and some of the designwork are done in
India ink. Other media used are pigment inks, metallic
inks, Prismacolor pencil and watercolor.
Incorporated into the detailed overall decoration are
numerous Celtic-style interlacings, which weave over
and under themselves and back to their own beginning
in a neverending single line - a fitting symbol for
1088-P LOVE & MARRIAGE Print
Limited edition of only 100, printed using
state-of-the-art Giclee process, on Hahnemuhle 100%
cotton rag. Image size same as the original (11" x 8").
Each print is signed and numbered by hand. Paper
size 14" x 11".
(No shipping or handling fee to US addresses. For
other locations, please contact me at
The central text of this piece is the well known passage from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" wherein Polonius advises his departing
son,"This above all: to thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, that thou canst not then be false to any
man." The miniature watercolor paintings in the upper and lower areas correspond to the day and night referred to in this
Woven into the overall design are six additional passages addressing the theme of personal authenticity. Included are
quotations from Lao Tse, Euripides, Chaucer, Wittier, Lessing and Thoreau, spanning 2400 years. A further expression of the
overall theme is found in the Celtic knotwork designs in which a single line weaves over and under itself and back to its
beginning, a fitting symbol for personal integrity.
Image size 11 5/8" x 8 3/8". The original is done in India ink, pigment inks, metallic inks, watercolor and 23-1/2k pearl gold on
d'Arches 140 lb hot-pressed 100% rag paper.
438 - TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE framed original - $1425 (Sorry - not currently available)
438-P THIS ABOVE ALL Print
Limited Edition Print (250 prints total). Each one is individually signed and numbered.
Image size same as original. Paper size 14 1/4" x 11"
Latin for "Love conquers all."
This piece was drawn on
parchment paper using India ink,
metallic ink, Prismacolor pencils
and pigment inks.
The original is already SOLD, but
framed prints as well as notecards,
T-shirts, tiles, mugs - and even
baby onesies! - are available at my
Cafe Press shop (see link at left)
BENEDICTION (Numbers 6:24-6, Old Testament)
The text of this ancient blessing is written in Old English script in sepia ink. Other media
used are pigment inks, gold metallic ink and watercolor. The 9 7/8" x 6" original piece is
on acid-free 140 lb. 100% rag d'Arches watercolor paper. The detailed designs,
especially the knot work, were inspired by the "carpet" pages of the Book of Kells, an
8th century Irish illuminated manuscript created at the monastery on the island of Iona,
then later moved to the monastery at Kells for safety from raiders. It is now at Trinity
College, Dublin, where I actually got to view it and other medieval manuscripts in person!
440-P BENEDICTION Print
Limited edition of 250 prints total: same image size as original. Paper size 14" x 11" .
Print is rolled gently and shipped in a sturdy mailing tube.
|All images copyright Gail Coppock
A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
When I first came across images
of the illuminated manuscripts
that were produced in
monasteries in the British Isles as
early as the 800's, I was
immediately taken with the
sumptuousness of design and
color. At the time, it did not yet
occur to me that it was a bit ironic
that monks living within damp,
bone-chilling stone walls, with the
most meager of creature
comforts, could be inspired to
create some of the most
painted manuscripts of the
Western world. All I knew was
that they made me want to make
my own "carpet" pages of
continuous-line knotwork and
Eager to take my own
handlettering, which I'd been
doing since 1978, to a different
level by incorporating these
ancient design ideas, I studied
facsimiles of old illuminated
manuscripts to learn the
principles of Celtic interlacing -
poring over whatever images I
could find on the internet and in
the local library - so that I could
create my own original knotwork
This process led to my becoming
more aware of the geometric
patterns and shapes all around
me - from the embossing on a
paper napkin in a diner, to the
Greek-inspired design on the
linoleum floor of a funky little
beach house we rented, to the
beautiful Moorish mosaics
featured on a Smithsonian
At first the complexity of Celtic
knotwork was a bit daunting: how
to create a decorative design that
not only stands on its own with
aesthetic integrity but is also true
to the principle of the
neverending line which crosses
over and under itself and
eventually back to its own
beginning. After a while, though,
it started to become part of me. It
was an "aha" experience that
gave rise to a whole new, and
very fulfilling, mode of visual
expression for me.
New, yes, but also very old.
Many times I have visited in my
mind the ascetic calligraphers of
hundreds of years ago, working
in their scriptoria: those monks
whose rich imagination lead to
the ethereal, illuminated pages
that might never be equaled.
And always I am in awe of - and
forever indebted to - their
creative vision as well as the
example of their exquisitely
"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me," from a song by Jill
Jackson and Sy Miller, lyrics used with kind permission from Jan-Lee Music . To
hear the song sung , go to You Tube and type in the title; there are many
beautiful versions to listen to.
The original piece was drawn, hand lettered and painted with ink and watercolor
on sheepskin vellum. It is carpeted with intricate Celtic style interlacings,
mandalas, and geometric patterns. Image size 8 1/4" x 10 3/4". It is double
matted with an antique gold matte finished liner and off-white stucco textured
top mat. The outside dimensions of the antique gold, beaded frame are 19 1/2"
x 24 1/2".
1182-P PEACE print. Limited edition of 250, each one individually signed and
numbered. Paper size 11" x 17" $45
Click on any image for
an enlarged view.
Then click again for a
really detailed image.
Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, which begins, "Two
roads diverged in a yellow wood ..." - hence the
autumnal watercolor motif.
The central design, done in carefully drawn Celtic knot
work, represents the four cardinal directions, apropos
of deciding in which direction to go.
The original is SOLD, but prints and other items with
this image can be purchased at my Cafe Press store.
LOVE & MARRIAGE
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM
TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
SEIZE THE DAY
The original is
SOLD, but items
featuring this "Carpe
Diem" image are
available at my
(Mugs, note cards,
framed tiles, T shirts
.... all kinds of stuff!)
FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF
PRODUCTS (TILES, MUGS, T-SHIRTS,
ETC.) - PRINTED WITH THESE
ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHY IMAGES -
PLEASE VISIT MY CAFE PRESS
Limited edition signed & numbered
prints are SOLD OUT.
But posters, wall plaques, etc. are
available at my Cafe Press store
AMOR VINCIT OMNIA
This piece was featured on the cover
of Congregational Magazine as well as
in an article inside.
I WILL NOT BE FULFILLING ORDERS
TILL JUNE 7, 2017.
BUT PLEASE ENJOY BROWSING!