Attended my first Silverpoint workshop today, and loved every minute of it! Taught by Tom Mazzullo at the Art Students League in Denver, it was a three-hour introduction to the ancient art of drawing with silver, copper, and gold on prepared paper. It is a slow, meticulous process that requires patience and precision—right up my anal retentive alley. I learned how to prep the paper, how to use the tools, and did a rather clumsy study of a pear. But I really liked the feel of it, and I can see myself getting better rather quickly. It is surprisingly simple, much like graphite drawing but with shimmering results. I’m contemplating how I can work this medium into my botanical studies . . .hmmm.

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