Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Many of you might remember - my friends and mentors from art school came to visit this summer . When Chuck and Nancy came they shared a ton of art and inspiration with me that has really carried me - as those who follow this blog know I've really been painting a lot this winter! ... On this visit Chuck gave me a beautiful drawing tool it's a stylus handle with a piece of silver wire in it.. it's for doing 'silver point' - which is drawing with a piece of silver wire in a pen type stylus on a hot press paper with a many layers of a casein 'milk based' ground - it's something you build up with many many stokes and takes a pretty delicate touch - the fun added bonus the marks are made as a result of a chemical reaction between the silver wire and the ground and it tarnishes with age and eventually turns a warm tarnished brown color and is totally archival unlike pencil. The other big difference with grafite is you can not erase you can only build up lines not ever take them away - it's very fun!