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    detail from an illuminated manuscript showing a parade of animals

    Covering the Cover: Creatures

    By Rosalind Stevenson

    May 20, 2021

    We took our cover imagery from the Aberdeen Bestiary, a twelfth-century English illuminated manuscript. Its detailed written and visual descriptions celebrate the abundance and variety of God’s creations, from ant to elephant.

    front cover of Plough Quarterly No. 28: Creatures: detail from an illuminated manuscript showing a parade of animals


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    One afternoon in 2009, while working on a painting, Iris Scott ran out of clean brushes. In her words, “A few swipes of oil paint at the tips of my fingers and I was hooked.” Since that day she has created more than five hundred finger-paintings, drawing inspiration from nature, her fellow humans, and the beauty of the earth. She considers the direct connection to the canvas to be an important part of the creative process, as well as a connection to the land and its creatures. Scott is based in New Mexico.

    painting of a dog shaking off its fur in front of a bright light

    Iris Scott, Lunar Eclipse, finger-painted oil on canvas, 2019 Used by permission

    Contributed By RosalindStevenson2 Rosalind Stevenson

    Rosalind Stevenson is the magazine designer for Plough. She lives at Fox Hill Bruderhof in Walden, New York.

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