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Moondance
Moondance (1985)

This was an illustration for a poem in the center spread of Runestaff #32 in 1985. The drawing shows a musician playing a cruit. The cruit (sometimes crwdd) was originally a lyre, but seems to have evolved into a bowed precursor to the fiddle. The two boars at the bottom of the border are based on a clasp found in the Sutton Hoo burial.

This ink drawing is about 8″x12″ on a slightly larger sheet of bristol board.

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Runestaff Contents Illustration
Runestaff #18 Contents Illustration (1983)

In some issues, I used an assymetrical border with a small vertical illustration. This is one of those, from 1983.

The ink drawing is about 4 1/2″ by 7″ on a larger sheet of paper. It was matted at one time, and has three tears on the margin (as shown). But I like it so well that I’m offering it here in spite of those blemishes. (They could be concealed by a new matte.)

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Runestaff Harper #3 (1984)
Runestaff Harper #3 (1984)

This was used (within an asymmetrical border) on the contents page for Runestaff #29 in 1984.

One of many harpers I drew for these illustrations, this one measures about 3″ by 5″ and is matted in a double matte that’s marred with two slight indentations. This scan is slightly out of focus due to the depth of the matte. The low-headed Irish harp on the harper’s lap resembles both the Trinity College and Queen Mary harps.

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Runestaff Musician (1985)
Runestaff Musician (1985)

This was used (within an asymmetrical border) on the contents page for Runestaff #30 in 1985.

The instrument he’s playing is a simple whistle, like a pennywhistle.

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Cover for Runestaff #30 (1985)
Cover for Runestaff #30 (1985)

This cover for Runestaff #30, in 1985, shows a saxon or norse musician with an instrument called a rota. A well-known semi-surviving instrument was found at the Sutton Hoo burial site; this one more closely resembles a different instrument from (I think) Württemberg. It’s been a long time; sorry. But I built and carved one very similar to the rota we see here.

The drawing is about 3″ by 5″ on Bristol board. In print, it appeared inside the usual Runestaff cover border.

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Runestaff Harper #4 (1985)
Runestaff Harper #4 (1985)

This drawing from 1985 appeared in the Introduction for Runestaff #30. It’s a close-up view of the hands of an Irish harper, though the harp isn’t being played on the left shoulder. That was traditional, but I often used the more modern method that puts the treble strings under the right hand.

The drawing is about 3 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ on Bristol board.

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The Song of Labraid (1983)
The Song of Labraid (1983)

This drawing illustrated a poem in Runestaff #20 in 1983. I’m very happy with some of the border elements; though several of the patterns are traditional I think I did some interesting things with them.

This was about the time when I started to think in knotwork designs and new ones just flowed right out of my hands, but I was aiming for something more traditional in this border (with the exception of the phoenixes).

The drawing is about 7 1/2″ by 11 1/2″ on paper.

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Runestaff Longship (1984)
Runestaff Longship (1984)

I drew quite a few longships for the Runestaff‘s covers and interiors; here’s one from issue 27 in 1984.

The drawing is about 7″ by 3 1/2″ on paper.

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Runestaff Harpmakers (1984)
Runestaff Harpmakers (1984)

With all the many harpers I drew for the Runestaff, and the smaller number of craftspeople and their work, I guess it was inevitable that I’d include harpmakers. In the foreground, one is carving the tenon at the top of the pillar. The other guy is probably telling him that he’s done something wrong. This was used in issue #24.

The drawing is about 6 1/2″ by 4″ on paper.

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Woman with Distaff & Drop Spindle (1983?)
Woman with Distaff & Drop Spindle (1983?)

All right, I failed to track down what issue (and year) saw this little illustration. It looks like 1983 to me; that’s about all I can tell you. Here, anyway, is a small picture of a woman unreeling fiber from her distaff while she spins it with a drop spindle. From sometime.

The drawing is about 3 1/2″ by 4″ on paper.

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Tanglewood (inked), 1985
Tanglewood (inked), 1985

This illustration from the center spread of Runestaff #35 is a complex “carpet page” design of trees that was suggested by my discovery of Art O’Murnaghan’s beautiful Celtic Revival art.

I’ve revisited the design twice in digital color over the intervening years. This is the first version of the design. It’s executed in ink on Bristol Board and it measures about 7 1/2 by 12 inches.

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Englyn (from Runestaff #28), 1984
Englyn (from Runestaff #28), 1984

This illustration is from the center spread of Runestaff #28 in September of 1984.

The original drawing measures about eight by twelve inches; it’s drawn in ink on Bristol Board. (I painted this one later, in watercolor; that version is also here under the “Miscellany” tab.)

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Death in the King's House (from Runestaff #30), 1985
Death in the King’s House (from Runestaff #30), 1985

This illustration is from the center spread of Runestaff #30 in February of 1985.

The original drawing measures about eight by twelve inches; it’s drawn in ink on Bristol Board. (I painted this one later, in watercolor; that version is also here under the “Miscellany” tab.)

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Cover for Runestaff #31, 1985
Cover for Runestaff #31, 1985

This is the cover drawing for Runestaff #31 in March of 1985.

The original drawing measures about three by five inches and is drawn in ink on paper.

In almost every case I drew my Runestaff covers actual size and inside this oddly-shaped outline. Then copies were pasted into the decorative border that we used on every cover.

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