Taki, my longhair miniature dachshund pup is growing!
He is 5 months old now. He operates at 100 mph or 0 - he has no in between. He tends to skid into walls and over run the balls he is chasing. He has no "brakes". We are still working on chewing and housetraining - he is improving. He is very sweet, if a bit bombastic.
Taki at 9 weeks.
Taki at 4 months.
Monday, June 17, 2019
|Silverpoint study of rhinoceros. Silverpoint on a ground of Natural Pigments Traditional Silverpoint Ground on Crescent museum board. The ground was applied with a sponge, and tinted slightly with yellow ochre pigment.|
I spent a lovely several days in New Hampshire, taking a workshop in metalpoint with Koo Schadler.
Koo is a wonderful teacher and struck the perfect balance between history, information on the technique, and time to draw. She covered a wide range of supports and grounds, as well as a variety of metals, including silver, gold, copper, etc.
For those of you unfamiliar with metalpoint, it was a technique used by artists, including Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci, before there were pencils as we know them today. When a metal wire - often silver - is drawn over an abrasive surface, it leaves a residue. It resembles a light pencil drawing, however, it does not behave like pencil. When silver or another metal leaves a mark, it cannot be easily erased. Over time, silver will tarnish, taking on a brownish tone, and copper may take on a greenish tone.
Deeper values are achieved by layering strokes. I use a technique called hatching, which consists of small lines applied in many layers.
|Detail showing layered strokes.|
Natural Pigments Traditional Silverpoint Ground
Posted by Karen Ackoff at 6/17/2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Taki (pronounced "tah'-key") is my new pup – a longhair miniature dachshund. He is black with brown highlights. At 11 weeks, he is a traveler, having been to New Hampshire and back. He sleeps with abandon and chews on everything. And he is a fearless hunter of leaves.
Posted by Karen Ackoff at 6/13/2019