Silverpoint drawing on gesso prepared and ink tinted Canson board
For the last several weeks, I’ve
been hard at work on experimenting with the silverpoint/metalpoint drawing
medium, and I’ve become quite fond of the process. For those of you who are
unfamiliar with the medium, silverpoint/metalpoint is a drawing medium that is
made by dragging a metal rod or wire across an appropriately prepared surface.
This process can be traced back to the 13th century, and predates
graphite pencil as we know it today. Let me just say first of all, this medium
is not for those wanting speedy gratification. In order to create a metalpoint
drawing, a surface has to be prepared with a gesso (at least 3 layers) so the
metal can make a mark. Once the surface is prepared, the drawing is executed by
crosshatching to build up tone and texture. Applying pressure does little to no
good for building darker tones; this is done by layering your crosshatches and
parallel lines until the desired tonal density is achieved. Let me reiterate,
this is not for those who want speedy gratification. On average, a 5 x 7
drawing can take up to 40 hours or more to complete, depending on the amount of
detail in the drawing. The process is extremely meticulous, and relies on raw
talent and good draftsmanship since the marks cannot be erased. I personally
haven’t been this intrigued by a process since I began working with alternative
process photography a few years ago. It’s meditative, it forces you to exercise
patience and discipline, and most of all, it’s just beautiful to look at (in
person); digital pictures cannot display the true beauty of this medium. In the
near future I will be posting more examples of these metal gems. Until then,
check out this site if you wish to find out more about this historic medium.
I am honored to announce that on 07/13/2013, 3 of my botanical charcoal
drawings will be exhibited at Second Helpings Gallery at 1502 Williamson Rd NE Roanoke, VA 24012. The exhibition duration will last several months so there is plenty of
time and opportunity to visit.The last day of exhibition for these drawings will be announced several weeks in advance.
Five of my photographs are now on display and for sale at Second Helpings Gallery located at 1502 Williamson Rd NE Roanoke, VA 24012. There were six on display originally, but one sold on the first day of exhibition and will be replaced in the near future.