Infinity in Cedar and Graphite
Sharpened Palomino Blackwing Pencil, April 25, 2012, originally uploaded by Maggie Osterberg.
My first attempt, following the master, David Rees.
Though a mere pencil, the Palomino Blackwing has a long and strong history. Its predecessor, the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602, had its virtues praised by artists and writers alike through the decades. The Paris Review quoted John Steinbeck:
“I have found a new kind of pencil—the best I have ever had. Of course it costs three times as much too but it is black and soft but doesn’t break off. I think I will always use these. They are called Blackwings and they really glide over the paper.”
Ink will fade over time, but unless you erase it, pencil marks will last as long as the material upon which it was placed.