Book of Hours
The series I am presently working on, “Calendae: Book of Hours,” is inspired by the small illuminated medieval manuscripts in the Book of Hours which were used for religious prayers. Among other things, these books traditionally contain the most remarkable calendars: “Calendrier des douze mois de travaux a la campagne,” or Calendar of twelve months of work in the country. Each month shows a miniature painting of people working in the countryside: planting, harvesting or gathering seeds, for example. My series also follows the calendar form, but every month has two paintings in oil on wood panel. The larger is a portrait of my family in their work in the country. Below is a small painting that is a different view of the activity at another time or from another viewpoint.