Talking about Silverpoint / by Jeannine Cook


It has been a while since I could get to this blog – mainly because I am back for the second half of an art residence at DRAWinternational in France, and there is a certain fever of creativity.  No comments on whether the results are good or bad!  But the days fly past with the privileged situation of only requiring that one thinks about art, how to do something that pushes out boundaries and grow…  Such luck!
Nonetheless, there is the more serious side of the residency, namely giving and talk and demonstration to the public.  Of course, I suggested that I talk about my passion, metalpoint-silverpoint, and then had to spend some time putting together a serious survey of the history of this medium.  That is always a fascinating exercice, and it reminds me how many different voices there have been and are today in this rather restrictive medium of drawing with a metal stylus on prepared paper.  Selecting examples of contemporary metalpoint to show my audience how varied, elegant and imaginative are the silverpoint voices drives home to me what a special medium this is.
This is the poster/invitation to Sunday’s presentation – which I will give in French. 

Meanwhile, I draw and draw, experiment and try to balance long hours of sitting with vigourous walks up hill and down dale in this delicious medieval village of Caylus.  The weather is totally unlike usual Mediterranean September weather, in that it is distinctly chilly.  No matter, another layer on and get down to drawing!
In other words, vive l’art and art residencies!