I just recently finished this piece. I am very happy with how it turned out!
This was created by putting down a detailed underdrawing in silverpoint and then slowly building up thin layers of transparent oil (glazing) over the top. There is no opaque underpainting. It’s hard to capture in a photograph, but there is also metallic gold on the element with the quatrefoil.
I thought it would be fun to share how the piece evolved through these steps all in one place.
This is the original pen & ink sketch from my sketchbook:
And here is the finished silverpoint underdrawing before painting:
It was interesting to watch this piece develop over time. Also, I want to acknowledge my incredible mentor/instructor Vicki Walsh. She got me started on silverpoint and has taught me everything I know about glazing with oils.