'Ghosts' depict draped plants discovered throughout the Pioneer Valley landscape.  I employ silverpoint for its' faint, ‘ghostly’ delivery of image to paper and for how its' diaphanous, faded affect also suggests memory or, ‘ghosting.' Over the course of time, the silver morphs from cold gray into a warm sepia tone. The transient nature of growth and decay, as seen in the tended plants’ temporal life-span, is echoed in the amorphous nature of the material used to depict them. The anthropomorphic, billowing shapes of the nets themselves resemble hovering ghosts.
 
The work refers to and has been influenced by the Kano School of Japanese silk scroll painting, as well as the drawings of Scottish theatre set designer, Gordon Craig McBeth.
 

Ghosts
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and graphite on terraskin and prepared paper
Group of Selected Drawings
2016-19
silverpoint and graphite on terraskin and prepared paper
variable

Ghosts and Ground Covering series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and graphite on terraskin on sintra with wood
Ghosts Large #13
2019
silverpoint and graphite on terraskin on sintra with wood
39" x 96"

Ghosts series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #12
2018
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
39 x 68"

Ghosts series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #11
2018
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
30 x 48"

Ghosts series
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and graphite on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #5
2016
silverpoint and graphite on absorbent ground on paper
14 x 18.5"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #2
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x 29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #4
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #6
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
14.5 x 18"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #8
2016
silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x 29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #9
2016-17
silverpoint an graphite on absorbent ground on paper
18.5 x 29"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Large #3
2016
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
14 x 18.5"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #5
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12.5"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #9
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
6 3/4 x 8"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
Ghosts Large #10
2017
graphite and silverpoint on terraskin
30 x 48"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #8
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
Ghosts Small #6
2015
silverpoint on absorbent ground on paper
5 x 12"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
Orange Interference #1
2016
silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
11 x 24"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
Orange Interference #1 DETAIL
2016
silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
11 x 24"
Shona Macdonald Ghosts silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
Orange Interference #2
2016
silverpoint and gouache on absorbent ground on paper
11 x 24"