7/22/2016

White Hart Illumination, Silverpoint and a Winner!


Thanks to all of you who left comments in my last post and shared your thoughts on life long learning. As promised a winner has been chosen and the first name out of the hat is Weaver of Grass. I shall be posting a copy of The Dream Quilt to her in due course.




The weather here has been wonderful and warm, everything in the garden has grown and we have been kept busy with hedge clearing and other chores. We found time to visit our favourite garden in Wales. Bodnant garden is situated in the Welsh hills near to Llandudno, so a visit to one always entails a visit to the other. Bodnant has many different features including magnificent lawned terraces and lakes filled with water lilies, rose gardens and laburnum arches, but my favourite part is the woodland walk where magnificent Japanese Maples and Giant Redwood trees mingle with our native species, if you haven't yet visited you must put it on your wish list!



I finished a medieval inspired illuminated painting which I have called "White Hart". I made good use of some of the lovely new art materials purchased on my last trip to London. The fern areas are gold leaf and the tiny silver coloured dots are shell Palladium.



I have also been trying my hand at silverpoint drawing, using a tiny piece of silver wire and a thicker angled piece of silver set in a wooden holder. If you fancy having a try you need to either buy a piece of specially treated paper or you can prepare your paper using a ready made off white ground. I used one by C.Robertson and Co. All of these marvellous things can be bought from Cornelissen in London or online.



Silverpoint is a very subtle technique, similar to drawing in graphite but more even in tone. It produces pale grey marks which develop over time as the silver oxidises. Unlike graphite it will not easily erase and therefore is a more archival technique, one which was favoured by the old masters and now seems to be having something of a revival.

The White Hart painting is now with the gallery "Art of the Imagination" (Books Illustrated). The two silverpoint drawings are in my Etsy shop, see the link in my sidebar.

I hope the weather is being kind to you too, once again thank you so much for visiting my blog.





15 comments:

  1. You know I love it all. :) Saw The Dream Quilt feature in one of the Quilting mags this week as a giveaway.

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  2. I thought the painting had the look of tapestry or illuminated books, it is stunning. As someone who loves to draw, the silverpoint method is intriguing...but since it cannot be erased,I may not be suited to the art. Yours is perfection as always.

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    1. Hi Jeri, thank you for your kind words, I am sure you would be able to get along with silverpoint, you can use a faint graphite pencil first and then erase that to act as a guide.

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    1. Thanks Debbie, good to know you visit.

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  4. The White Hart is beautiful Valerie, just delightful, I love the gold fern, is that the paint the 'Gouache' in the tube? I've not seen any as good as that, it has such a shine, Love the barn owl too, what fun to try new techniques, you always do so well!

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    1. Hi Julie, the gold on the fern is actually gold leaf, I used calligraphy gold and other kinds of gouache too, each one has a slightly different look. It is nice to have a play! Hope you are well and still creating your beautiful art .

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  5. Dear Val, I have been re-visiting this post during the early minutes of today's Tour de France final day as the cyclists approach Paris. Now that the finish line has been crossed, I can leave this comment I've been thinking about.

    After my recent visit to see the Indian miniature show at the Met, I really wanted to have several long looks at The White Hart. It is spectacular! All parts of the composition add to the graceful strength of the painting. The details of your painting are quite magical.

    It must have been fun (and a challenge) to make use of those new materials. The art shop is surely a place I will want to visit when next in London.

    I am pleased to report that I have found my trusty silverpoint pen. It was in a beautiful wooden box that my Dad made me for storing my etching tools. You've helped me to travel to some good memories.

    The Bodnant Garden looks so beautiful. I did have a peek at its site and thank you for that link.

    Congratulations to Weaver for winning your prize!

    Wishing I could tell you that our NYC weather was being kind to us, but I remind myself that there are many places in our shared world that greater problems. xo

    Thank you so much for this lovely post. xo

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  6. Frances, I wonder if you have any notes or instructions from your art school days re Silverpoint? It intrigues me so much, the thought that the line changes over time. I wonder if you have any old drawings you made years ago? It would be interesting to see how much the oxidisation process has developed the colour? I would also be very interested to learn more about preparing the ground and the pen tool you used. Maybe I can interest you in doing a post about it on your blog? x

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    1. Oh Val, you have made me smile with your question about art school. The college (like your university level) that I attended way back when was an all female liberal arts college, in which we were required to dip into various disciplines in our four-year stay, and to "declare" a major subject which would ultimately be stated on our diplomas.

      It was definitely not an art school, even though for several years I deemed myself an art major. The Art Department had a definite emphasis on art history, not art studio.

      In my third year, I decided to declare myself an Economics Major, but continued to take as many art classes as the Art Studio Majors did. It made for a full schedule. The economics faculty was very strong and the subject interested me then...and still does every time I see the news.
      The best part of having those Art Studio hours was the opportunity to meet Georgia O'Keeffe for a long chat and have her praise my work. Now...there is a topic for a future post!
      It wasn't until my NYC years that I took printmaking and drawing classes at various schools and studios. I truly never had a silverpoint class. I will have look through my various files to see if I can find any of those drawings.
      What a long comment! xo

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    2. That certainly sounds like a very full schedule! Now then, you can't just say that you met Georgia O'Keefe and leave it at that, you must certainly write a blog post about it, you owe it to your readers ;-)

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  7. Popped over to see you from weaver's blog. I love the owl in particular. Fascinating about the technique used to produce it.

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    1. Hi there Countryside Tales, thank you for your kind words. I had a quick visit to your blog and see you have a terrier called Ted. We also had Jak Russel named Ted who found grass snakes on our various walks.

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    2. Our Ted is a westie. We also have a JR, called Poppy. Cracking little dogs! CT.

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