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Silverpoint Drawing
4×5″ blue-gray prepared paper

A good way to end the day is to draw in silverpoint. It has a calming effect. Seashells are a favorite subject of mine – and the more missing parts – the better.

I prepared fine art paper with a blue-gray tone and highlighted the drawing with white charcoal. A silverpoint is a drawing rendered with a silver stylus, i.e., a silver wire inserted into a holder. The drawing surface must be “prepared” with a coating that allows for a slight abrasion of the metal. With time, those metal lines will oxidize (tarnish) to their characteristic metallic sepia tone.

Please visit my website for a broader look at this Renaissance-era drawing medium.

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