Silverpoint, 9" x 12"
In this still life, I contrasted the patterns of the lace and nautilus shell with the plain fields created by the cloth and background. I created the composition as part of a demo in which I needed to sit on the streets of my town and work in public. I set up the still life on a table near a window in my dining room and sketched very lightly the major shapes. Then I made some notes about the direction of light and shadows. Later the same day, I worked for 3 hours on the street in 90 degree heat. Like egg tempera, silverpoint is a gradual process in which you build layer upon layer of tone. When the event was over, I continued working at home for at least 10 more hours.