Posts Tagged: silverpoint

“Celtic Sphere”

Celtic Sphere is a silverpoint drawing on prepared panel, measuring 6 x 6 inches. The glass sphere was resting on a combed grid when I drew this. I was surprised to see that the grid refracted by the curved sphere resulted in a beautiful Celtic knot.

“Mid-Atlantic Invitational Silverpoint Exhibition”

This was such a pleasant surprise! It is uncommon to hear of an art exhibition that is focused on the Renaissance Era fine-line drawing medium of Silverpoint, let alone be asked to participate. The gallery card shown here lists the 12 contemporary artists whose works are currently featured at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland…. Read more »

“Banded Stones and Spheres”

Silverpoint Drawing 6.5×8.5″ blue-gray prepared paper After all these years it may seem hard to believe, but each time I begin a silverpoint drawing or a painting, it’s as if for the first time. I’m not fixed as to how to proceed with lines or colors though some lines and brushstrokes just feel natural. The… 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 »


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 5×6″ green-gray prepared paper The fleeting beauty of flowers inspired this dreamlike drawing. “Daffodil” was drawn with a silver stylus in a medium known as silverpoint, which was used extensively during the Renaissance era. Tones are built up with layers of lines and much patience. The silver metal lines will tarnish over time… Read more »


Silverpoint Drawing 5×5″ gray-green prepared paper 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 gray-green tone, and heightened the drawing with white charcoal. The lines are actually silver and will… Read more »