Monday, December 27, 2010

Green Eyes

Well it is still raining here in Brisbane and there will be no stopping until the end of the week, we have been told and is now Monday morning and with yesterday being so wet, I didn't venture anywhere and worked on yet another board which I plan to have as a scratchboard pattern sometime in the New Year.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas & a very happy & safe New Year everyone.
It seems that we are in for a very, very wet Christmas here in Queensland which is known as the "Sunshine State"!  We have had rain, rain and more rain on and off since November after many years of drought and now many of the States of Aus. are experiencing floods.  We also have a cyclone looming off the coast of Nth. Queensland so there will be no outdoor barbeques, or trips to the beach for Christmas Day this year.

Although I have been quiet of late,  I have been rather busy with having been commissioned for 3 of my scratchboards for the Aus. Fine Art & Decorative Painting magazine, working on 3 scratch patterns to be available in the New Year and also getting some of my work ready to go on display at a shopping centre early in January.

"Elegant Rose" is one of the patterns which will be available next month and it will also be featured in an upcoming edition of the Aus. magazine although it will have a different title.

"Lola" is another pattern which is almost completed.

I have already started work on another board which will be for the third pattern and I will post a picture when done.

Again Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 6, 2010


This is my last scratchboard for the year, although I have plenty in mind to do for the New Year.  This one is 11" x 14" in size and the original design is by Jan McCraw of Ladybug Creations who suggested that I might like to try it on scratchboard.  With animals being my favourite subject of all, this one,  I thought would be way out of my comfort zone but I got there in the end, this is my version of the beautiful angel.

Making a start -  I wanted to get the face scratched out first before working on the rest of the board.

I imagined that the feathers on the wings were going to be the most difficult for me to do but in fact they were nowhere near as difficult and took a lot less time than I thought.

The completed "Serenity".

The full colour version by Jan McCraw will be featured on her  "Winter" version of the "Calendar Collection" set coming out very shortly and can be seen at the link below:-
You will need to scroll down a little!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

And Baby Makes Three!!!

I couldn't resist doing a board (12" x 12") of this cute little fellow seeing I had already scratched out a male and female lion.......this one I have given the title of "Inquisitive".

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Locket.....finished.

I have finally finished "The Locket".......although I will leave it for a few days before varnishing just in case I see something that needs to be fixed.  This piece took a little longer to do than usual due to working on 2 boards,  this one which is an 8" x 10" and a lion cub on a 12" x 12" board - the cub should be finished in a couple of days now.  Another reason for this board taking longer than usual is that I coloured the locket and chain and I decided I didn't like it coloured so had to re-scratch it all to remove the ink.  The locket was given to me some years back and the roses which are miniature I have growing around the base of a statue in my front yard, I am not sure if the doily was one crocheted by my Mum.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Animal Magnetism

I entered a few of my scratchboards into the Laidley Art Show which was held this past weekend and which is the first time I have entered.  Actually I did not know their was a show held in this town until a couple of months ago - you could enter an unlimited number of entries in any medium in each category so I thought it would be a great opportunity to show some of my scratchboard work and which is often the case, no one had heard of scratchboard and it certainly created a great deal of interest.

My friend Margaret and I travelled out to Laidley on Saturday afternoon so that we could attend the opening and stayed overnight in a motel which saved a trip back to Brisbane and then having to go back on Sunday to collect my work.

I was hugely surprised when I saw that my "Animal Magnetism" won 1st Place in the Animal Category and also "Champion of the Show"!!!!!  I have to say I was on a high for quite a few hours afterwards and now that it is Monday morning I have come back down to earth although still thrilled to bits.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"The Locket" - Update.

Here is an update of one of the pieces I am currently working on....."The Locket" with still quite a way to go.  I have also been working on the lion cub although not enough progress made to show a pic.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Still Life on Scratchboard

I am attempting to do my third still life on scratchboard and this one maybe a little challenging for me with having only done 2 others.  I have also started on a 12 " x 12" scratchboard of a cute lion cub, with having already done a male and female lion I thought I may as well do a cub too!

Here is the beginning of my latest still life - since transferring the outline I have done a few hours work to it - for a title I thought maybe "The Locket".

My first still life!  The crystal jug I bought at a second-hand shop and the jug cover was made by my Mum.  This is now hanging in my kitchen dining area.

"Crystal & Lace"

 I posted the picture below to my Blog when the board was first completed but thought I would show it again.  The flowers were grown from a plant given to me by my son on Mother's Day last year, the Bible belonged to my Dad and the pocket watch to my Great Grandfather.  (My Dad's Mother's Father.)


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas is coming!!

With not having a new scratchboard to show at the moment and with plans to start on either a still life, or a lion cub to go with "Majestic Lion" and "Timba", I have managed to paint a few Christmas ornaments and thought I would post pics of them.

The 3 ornaments below have glitter on them and are very "sparklie".

The two ornaments below are for a friend's little grand-daughters.  These have the names and date of birth painted at the back of the ornament.

This is painted on a 4" x 6" canvas, the design is by Ladybug Creations (Jan McCraw).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Timba - completed.

Finally "Timba" is finished......well I think she is!  I'll let it sit for a while before varnishing it just in case I see something that needs a little more work; this piece which is 12" x 12" has taken me a little longer to do than I thought with it being not quite 3 weeks since I started.  Although dogs are my favourite subject of all, I seem to have had a "thing" for doing lions in scratch with Majestic Lion and another I did some time ago "Lazin' Around".  I was given permission by Tambako on FlickR to use this photograph.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Timba - Update

Here's another picture showing more work on Timba with still quite a way to go.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Gorgeous Girl - Timba.

I decided not to wait until this board was finished before showing it and have done a little more work since taking this photograph, so here is the beginning of "Timba" which I think will be great to go with "Majestic Lion" as a pair.  The photograph reference was used with permission by "Tambako" on FlickR.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Little Painting

I have finally painted!!!! - a wooden Christmas ornament for my baby grandson born in February this year, his name and the year is painted on the back AND I have started another scratchboard which will be a companion to the "Majestic Lion" I recently completed.  Although I am still really not in "painting mode" I am also going to start on a canvas painting plus I am in a Christmas ornament Exchange so the brushes will definitely be working!

The design on this wooden ornament is by Jan McCraw of Ladybug Creations.  There is glitter on the wings of this little angel although cannot be seen in the photograph.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Majestic Lion.

Here he is, finished today after about 3 weeks solid "scratching"!!!!  This photograph amongst others, was sent to me by a friend in Canada and I was undecided as to whether to do a painting of him or a scratchboard, and as for a title - "Lion King" or "Majestic Lion" and the latter won in both cases.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A little progress.

Here's an update on my lion scratchboard.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

First board for the month.

I was given some photographs to use as references for my artwork and I commenced this board a few days ago from one of them, size of the board is 11" x 14".  I haven't thought of a title as yet so if there are any suggestions out there!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Watchful Eye.

Now this board is finished after a little more work to the eye.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Latest Scratchboard

I seemed to be working on this board forever although now I think it's done.  The reference is from one of my own photographs which I took at the Brisbane Exhibition in August, such a beautiful horse too!   When asked about scratchboard I always stress that it is best to work from a clear and sharp photograph and I didn't heed my own advice with this one, therefore the reason for taking me a while to complete.  It is not varnished yet just in case I see something I need to do a little more work on plus I need a title which I haven't come up with as yet, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Since posting here earlier it looks like a little more work needs to be done on the eye as advised by a very good friend. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Snow Leopard Framed & Portrait

I collected my Snow Leopard scratchboard from the framer's this week and I was very pleased with the way it looks.....I have also titled this piece "Animal Magnetism".  It was a little difficult to take a photograph without reflection showing in the glass so I had to take it on an angle to prevent this - what do you think?

I have done very, very little painting this past year so I decided to have a break from the current scratchboard I'm working on and to get into painting mode paint a portrait of my 3 grand-kids in "Liquid Pencil" which is an Aussie product of liquid graphite in a bottle.  I am definitely not a portrait painter and had this almost completed in a day.  I had forgotten though how much quicker it is for me to paint than work on a scratchboard.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Whale Watching Trip

I have nothing to show in the way of painting or scratchboard today, but I do have some fabulous photographs taken by my partner who is a great photographer when we finally got to go on a local whale watching trip last week.  I am also a keen photographer but I never manage to get "just the right one"! This trip has been in our plans for many months and although it was my second trip, it was the first for my partner.

We had to be at Redcliffe which is just north of Brisbane by 9.30am for boarding at 10.00am, so to beat the peak hour traffic through the city we left quite early and arrived in plenty of time to relax and have a cuppa.

Here are just a few of the many photographs and not one of these were taken by me!!!!!

The pic below shows a tiny section of Moreton Island in the background which is home to Mount Tempest and is the world's highest coastal sand dune and it is the world's third largest sand island, Moreton is 95% national park, with development restricted to just three small villages and a resort.   BTW this is one of the photographs taken by me!!!! 



Friday, September 10, 2010

Snow Leopard

Well a board saved by scratching out a snow leopard to completely cover it.  This is quite a large board 11" x 14" so I really didn't want to have to bin it!  I am quite happy with it now and will give it the title of "Animal Magnetism" - the reference photograph was used with permission and which was given to me last year so I have had it for quite a while.  Here's the latest pics of this beautiful animal.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Salvage Operation.

I decided to do another board and this time the subject was to be of a beautiful horse.  I found the reference photograph I wanted to use and transferred the drawing onto an 11" x 14" board.  After commencing some work I realised....finally, that I could not see enough detail to continue so now I am doing something completely different to what I had planned.  The reference photo I had saved quite some months ago so I am hoping that this board can be good.

I had the board lying on the kitchen table and with the light coming through the window I was surprised to see the erasure marks so vividly.

I have transferred the drawing over the top of what I had previously scratched.  Thankfully I always start with very light scratches.

Some progress and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

More progress with quite a way to go!