Original Silverpoint Drawing

“Renaissance Boy”

Silverpoint Drawing 7×5″ pale ocher prepared panel This is an earlier silverpoint drawing from my collection, based on the painting “Head of a Boy” by Signorelli. I’m always trying new ways to use line. Not For Sale yet.


Silverpoint Drawing 7×5″ gray-green prepared paper When I began to work in silverpoint, way back in the ’80s, I selected familiar portraits from the Renaissance period and practiced my technique by copying them. (Silverpoint is a Renaissance-era drawing medium that predates the pencil. A silver wire is inserted in a wooden or metal holder and… Read more »


Silverpoint Drawing 5×7″ lavender-gray prepared paper To work in silverpoint is to meditate. It takes patience, and layers and layers of lines. I enjoy unwinding with this Renaissance-era drawing medium which is simply a silver wire inserted in a holder that is drawn across a slightly abrasive surface, leaving lines of silver. The egg shaped… Read more »

“Broken Shell”

Silverpoint Drawing 7.5×5.5″ green-gray prepared paper Here’s another “interior” piece that I drew a while back. This shell is one of my favorite things, a beautiful natural sculpture. While drawing this I thought of the curving walls of the shell, stretching across the missing parts. Tones in a silverpoint drawing are made up of layers… Read more »

“Inside Out”

Silverpoint Drawing 5×4.5″ blue-gray prepared paper This seashell was drawn with a silver stylus on specially coated paper, a Renaissance-era medium known as Silverpoint. Layers upon layers of lines become tones, and over time the silver gradually tarnishes to a metallic sepia. The drawing is heightened in white ink. See more silverpoints in The Art… Read more »


Silverpoint Drawing 4.5×6.5″ blue-gray prepared paper Lately, I’ve been focused on working in wood, putting most of my energy behind some ideas I’m trying out in that medium…must get it while it’s hot. Every year the New Hope Arts Center (PA) holds a national juried “Works in Wood” exhibition. Following up from some previous blog… Read more »


Silverpoint Drawing 6.25×9″ ochre prepared panel This is the first silverpoint I drew of “Stanislaw” a couple of years ago. I borrowed this face from a painting by Polish artist Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929). I love the sculptural qualities of it! And, it’s high time I’ve added a new mustachioed fellow to my collection.

“Stanislaw in Silverpoint”

Silverpoint Drawing 6.5×8″ blue-gray prepared paper I’m always on the lookout for a good mustache! This portrait is based on a painting by Polish artist Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929); it’s a detail of a larger work. My version is done in silverpoint on a blue-gray prepared paper with highlights in white ink and chalk. Later, I’ll… Read more »

“The Visitor”

Silverpoint Drawing 4.5×7″ lavender-gray prepared paper A “ordinary” feather – one of Nature’s exquisite designs. Silverpoint Drawing is such a meditative medium. For me, a great way to quiet the mind is to sit with my silver stylus and a feather, seashell, flower, or a beach stone…and tune out our high-speed world for a while;… Read more »


Silverpoint Drawing 3.5×5″ lavender prepared paper This was drawn with a silver stylus on specially coated paper. It’s a Renaissance-era drawing medium known as Silverpoint. With time the silver lines tarnish to metallic sepia tone. The highlights are drawn in white charcoal. Plenty more of these to see in The Art Fly archives, and on… Read more »