Here are a few examples of my other great love – miniature-painting.

Most of these miniatures are on vellum; some are on hot-pressed watercolour paper. These are all painted using watercolour and gouache, though I'm now making forays into tempera on goatskin.

Please note that all the artworks published here are copyright Katharine Scarfe Beckett 2000-2010. Please do not reproduce or distribute them electronically, as prints or by any other means.

However, you are very welcome to use them for your own artistic reference!

I'm available for commissioned work; drop me a line.

Div with Phone and Goats

Div with Phone and Goats, copyright Katharine Scarfe Beckett 2009

'Div with Phone and Goats'; 12" X 9"; watercolour, gouache and gold on vellum, (c) Katharine Scarfe Beckett 2009.

A 'div' is a sort of supernatural and possibly demonic being or a minor divinity in some Eastern traditions. I had been utterly fascinated by pieces created around the 14th century by (or in the style of) the mysterious Mongol/Turkic artist Siyah Qalem, and this was the result.

Here's a closer view of the div himself:

... and here is a real close-up to show more of the detail and technique. The painted area here is about 2 inches by 1.5:

Caveat imperator

Caveat Imperator, copyright Katharine Scarfe Beckett 2009

'Caveat Imperator'; 13cm X 13cm; gouache and watercolour on vellum, copyright Katharine Scarfe Beckett 2009.

This is a more Orientally styled piece. The title translates as 'Let the tyrant beware' and it started as a question: what if ordinary people organise against a dictator who possesses superior force? It contains some references to the I Ching and Chinese mythology too.

Here's the tiger's head, again so that you can see more of the detail:

Caveat Imperator head detail (c) Katharine Scarfe Beckett 2009

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