As I have recently tried to de-clutter this site and integrated the ‘About’ page with the introductory page, I have been unable to reinstate the comments originally made on those pages. As I value these comments and did not want to lose them, I have manually copied them onto this page, and I hope the authors will continue to stay in touch:
Your silverpoint illustrations are exquisite! I especially enjoy those with some light color added. Recently, I have started silverpoint drawing and enjoy the practice immensely and have experimented with adding some watercolor to my illustrations too.
Though I understand this is not a traditional practice with true silverpoint illustrations, I feel that the added subtle color sometimes lends a new depth and richness to this art form – as in your iguana illustration! Beautiful!
I’m glad to see other artists applying subtle color to their silverpoint.
I’m currently using a commercial silverpoint ground – Goldens’s acrylic based ground. It works fairly well, and allows me to add the subtle watercolor when I desire. I have not tried any other ground preparations yet. Currently – my instruction has been through self-teaching and a Denver, Colorado based silverpoint artist and art professor at Denver University -Tom Mazzulo. http://www.tommazzullo.com/
Thankyou for your kind comments – colour with silverpoint is interesting, but it can be quite tricky, I find, because most silverpoint grounds are too absorbent for watercolour. I must try the Golden ground you mention, as its sounds like you have managed to address the problems with applying colour
As a result of being given awards, and not following them up, I have just done a post offering ‘bouquets’ rather than awards, and you are one of the people I have listed as being particularly inspiring, your work is stunning, and I have learned a great deal from your information posts as well – I found you when I was looking for information on silverpoint. Happy New Year!
Thankyou so much for this Anna – I really really appreciate your support, and all the kind comments and likes you have offered in the past. I enjoyed your post ‘bouquet’ – very inspiring.
From Deborah Submitted on 2013/04/07 at 10:14 pm
I am curious about what kind of shell might have actually been used to store the ‘shell gold’ paint.
Do you hold workshops in the U.S.?
Hi Deborah, thanks for visiting. In India it always seems to have been the fresh-water mussel – you can actually see them depicted in Mughal paintings of painters at work. I use them, but I also like oyster shells, because they have a nice integrated ‘lid’ that protects your paint and can be used as a palette.
I am planning to visit the US late this year to do workshops – shall keep you posted
I was searching for the painting ‘raven addressing assembled animals’ as I’m painting a copy and I came across your website. Since you’ve seen the original, I actually wanted to know whether the gold color in the painting is actual gold leaf/shell gold or paint? 🙂
Also by the way I reallllllly wish I could have attended your workshop regarding making paint with real minerals and stones! But sadly I dont live in London.
Love your website.
Hi Faryal, I know is not easy to distinguish areas of gold in a photograph, and in this case gold is actually used rather sparingly. Most of the areas that look gold are in fact yellow ochre, some of which are overpainted with a thin layer of gold – like the crocodile’s spines for example. Good luck with your painting.
I hope you are well, and that your classes and paintings are as fruitful as ever. Studio looks inspiring; I’ve been working on one of Cubitt’s buidings for several years now, by coincidence.
I appear to have mislaid my last curled minaiturist brush that I bought from you ten or so years ago; do you still sell them, or could you get hold of another couple to see me through another ten years!
Best wishes, Matthew; (prior student of one of your inspirational courses)
Anita Chowdry Submitted on 2012/12/17 at 7:50 pm in reply to Matthew Beesley.
Hi Matthew, I would love to hear more about Cubitt – I am constantly inspired by how well thought out the Woburn Walk buildings are, with consideration for community as well as wonderfully restrained decorative features – I think the style is on the cusp between Georgian neo-classical and high Victorian.
Please pop in next time you are in London, and I shall see if I can help with the brushes.