The Art Fly

“Venus Comb”

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Silverpoint Drawing
5×7″ gray-blue prepared paper

This seashell was drawn with a silver stylus – a drawing medium known as silverpoint, which pre-dates the pencil. This was used extensively during the Renaissance era, though some of the earliest silverpoints date back to the 12th century.

I prepared the paper with a gray-blue tone and heightened the drawing with white charcoal. To learn more about Silverpoint and to see the box and tools that I made please visit my website.

To the buyer: This drawing is matted but unframed; a silverpoint description card will be attached.





Meet “St. Pietsa”

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Wood Mosaic
28×13.75″ dyed / gilded / painted wood

The Art Fly is dedicated to my small-format Paintings and Silverpoint Drawings, but I also work in wood. Now seems like a good time to introduce you to my wood mosaic “St. Pietsa” as it is currently in the Works in Wood 2008 show at the New Hope Arts Center. For years, I’ve been creating these works and exhibiting them in this national juried show (see Wood Mosaic gallery on my website). “St. Pietsa” is a wood mosaic with dyes, paint, and a tooled mushroom pattern on the goldleaf disk. The idea for this piece originated one night when I reached for a pizza cutter to cut a home-made pizza. The tool suddenly reminded me of the Byzantine icons I was studying at the time – the cutter was most definitely a halo; the handle a body! Read the article.

This is one of the most popular annual art shows in the area and last night’s opening brought a huge crowd. Mira Nakashima of Nakashima Studios and Albert LeCoff, director of The Wood Turning Center were the jurors this year. I love this show for its wide range of styles and the fellow woodworkers I get to meet – always a thrill. “Works in Wood” runs through Jan. 2, 2009. For more info visit New Hope Arts Center.

Please email me if you are interested in this work.

“Cornered”

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Silverpoint Drawing
5×7″ lavender-gray prepared paper

That gang of cotton balls is back, this time as a silverpoint on prepared paper. (See “Soft Sell” the painting – about three posts back.)

Did you know that silverpoint pre-dates the pencil as a drawing medium and reached its height during the Renaissance? This drawing was done with a silver stylus; I prepared the paper with a lavender-gray tone, then used white charcoal for highlights. The lines are actually silver and will tarnish over time to a shimmery sepia tone. To learn more about Silverpoint please visit my website by clicking on the link at right.

The buyer will receive this silverpoint matted and protected in clear acetate. A Silverpoint Description card will accompany it.





“The Gazebo”

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Oil Painting
5×7″ panel

“The Gazebo” is on the banks of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing Park in Pennsylvania. This landscape is included in the current show: Images of the Mills at Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ; the exhibition also includes views of the Delaware River and historic buildings in the area. For more info visit: www.drms-stockton.org

Please email me if you are interested in this painting.

“Acorn”

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Silverpoint Drawing
3.5×4″ green-gray prepared paper

Silverpoint pre-dates the pencil as a drawing medium and reached its height during the Renaissance, though some of the earliest drawings date to the 12th century. The artist draws with a silver stylus on a coated surface; the lines deposited are actually silver and will tarnish over time to a sepia tone. To learn more about Silverpoint please visit my website.

For this drawing I prepared the paper with a green-gray tone and used white charcoal highlights. The buyer will receive this drawing matted and protected in clear acetate. A Silverpoint Description card will accompany it.

Please email me if you are interested in this silverpoint.