Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dr. Peter S. Sakas

Photo by Kristin McCaffery Selig.

Peter Sakas, my beloved avian veterinarian and friend of 25 years, passed away from complications from coronavirus. He was soft spoken, gentle, and compassionate. A brilliant diagnostician. With a passion for rock and roll and Ozzy Osbourne. I cannot fathom life without him.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Taki-pup Update

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

Metalpoint Workshop with Koo Schadler

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.
Koo Schadler
Natural Pigments Traditional Silverpoint Ground