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.
Links:
Koo Schadler
     https://www.kooschadler.com/
Natural Pigments Traditional Silverpoint Ground
     https://www.naturalpigments.com/traditional-silverpoint-ground.html


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Welcome home, Taki!



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.