Saturday, November 18, 2017

Soft Silver

I really love silverpoint, despite the fact that it's not a particularly forgiving medium: if your spouse makes you laugh while you're working, your hand could slip and the result could be a disaster.

Silverpoint is done with a very thin silver wire inside a holder, so it works pretty much like a pencil. You scratch away at a specially prepared surface, and with each stroke you deposit a little more silver. Over time, it tarnishes and becomes richer and deeper in color. Right now I'm working on a companion piece to another one with the same subject matter; two doves out in the back yard.

 Two Mourning Doves, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

I think I should send a thank-you to Jos. A. Smith, my drawing teacher back in my undergrad days, for introducing the class to silverpoint. It really is a great medium to work in. Here's what the tool looks like:

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