Process and Painting

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment


One day I went shopping in an antique store in Richmond Virginia.  I came across a 18th century slate.  Slates were used in the 18th century in American schools, before the black board.  Each student had there own portable black board to show their teacher sums and spelling etc.  I liked it. I bought it for about $10.00 or so.  After that it became studio clutter for several years. Then one day I discovered I could do fine drawing on it if  I used a white charcoal pencil instead of a stick of chalk ( as the students would have). and I use a kneaded eraser for small corrections and a damp paper towel to erase all.  With digital camera I keep a record of past drawings.  The slate has two sides upon which to draw.  Here is an example of a slate drawing that became a painting.

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