Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scratchboard News

I recently received a note from the Editor of the Aus. Fine Art & Decorative Painting magazine to say one of my pieces will be published in Vol. 17 #6 due out on the 12th March.  "Running Free" is the name of the board and the photo reference, used with permission, was taken by an amazing scratchboard artist by the name of Cathy Sheeter.

"Running Free"

Close-up of work involved.

If you love cats and dogs, I have a scratchboard "Tabby Kitten" which will be featured with many fabulous designs of cats and dogs by Ladybug (Jan McCraw) on her CD called "It's Raining Cats & Dogs due out soon.  Here is the link to Jan's PictureTrail album so that you can see some of the gorgeous designs she has done. 

"Tabby Kitten"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I am still undecided as to what my next scratchboard will be and in the meantime I have had to paint up a few things....hopefully it won't be long before I get to work on "scratching".  In the meantime I thought I would post a pic of a painting I did of an Amaryllis Flower and which now resides at the home of a friend.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Deciding on my next scratchboard.

Now that I have completed my patterns, I am contemplating on what my next board will be....I have plenty of ideas but cannot make the decision as to what it will be, uppermost in my mind is to do a "Snow Leopard" but then again I think I would like to try something that would be just a little more challenging......what?  that is the question!

I absolutely love dogs and they are my most favourite subject so here a few pics of dogs in scratchart that I completed last year, I have more but thought these would do for now. 

Cooling Off.
I was given permission to use this photograph for my scratchart.
This is Floyd and he lives in the UK and certainly a long way from down here in Aus.  I had never scratched reflections in water before so this was my first attempt.

This is my own photograph of this beautiful girl and if you look carefully you can see my reflection in her left eye.

Beau & Addie.
This is the biggest board I've done so far, a 12" x 16".   A friend asked me to do this of his daughter's two dogs which was to be for her Christmas present.

Monday, February 15, 2010

"What a Deer from Scratch"

I decided to do another pattern and as the title suggests "What a Deer from Scratch" is all about getting started with your own photographs, not quite as detailed as "Tabby Eyes" but will give you the idea of how to start.  This little deer was featured in the Aussie magazine "Artist's Palette" last year but did not include how he came about from the original photograph.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Latest on "Tabby Eyes" & More..

I received the final PDF file on "Tabby Eyes" today so it's all ready to send out.   If you are interested please contact me.

And just to show that not only animals are the perfect subject for scratchboard art but also flowers and lots of other subjects.

My favourite flower - the rose. 
And my first attempt at doing one in scratchart.

"Just Two Roses".

I thought I had better post a painting or two!
I took a photograph of these roses which were growing in my parents neighbour's garden.
Both of these paintings were featured in Aussie magazines, the top painted in Liquid Pencil
was featured in  Aus. Country Craft and the other in
 Aus. Fine Art & Decorative Painting. 

"The Look of Love".
My grand-daughter Jordan at the age of 3 and who is now 19.
This board won 1st Prize in the category "Other Art Forms" 2009
at a local show.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tabby Eyes Scratchart Pattern Update.

Well what do you think of the cover page made by my good friend for my first ever scratchart pattern - "Tabby Eyes".
I love it!
All going well and to those of you who have been waiting, the pattern will be ready to send out tomorrow.....Friday down here in Aus.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tabby Eyes Scratchart Pattern

Today being the 10th February is the first time I have had internet connection since last Sunday night, therefore the delay in posting.   We had extremely heavy rain over the weekend which caused flash flooding at the Gold Coast, in the suburbs of Brisbane and even further in north Queensland.  The problem was with my server, obviously a serious problem which took some time to solve and only effected the area where I live.  I know some of you are waiting for my first ever scratchboard pattern of Tabby Eyes so just to keep you up to date everything is done re a PDF file except for a cover sheet......I have had to rely on a friend to put it into this format for me until I learn how!!!!  So not long to go now!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

More Scratchboard

I have been busy working on my very first scratchboard pattern so things have been quiet around here the past couple of days.  In the meantime, I thought I would post a few more pics of my scratchboard work from 2009.

'Lazin' Around'.
This was the biggest board I had done at the time which was 12" x 12".

'Bless Me'.
Another 12" x 12" board of a lion about to sneeze, therefore the title.

'Crystal & Lace'.
This is my first attempt at scratching something totally different to fur.
I have quite a collection of crystal so set the jug, glass and crocheted jug cover my Mum made up for the photograph.  This won 1st place at the local Cottage Handcraft Show 2009.

'Lonely Mermaid'.
Again something totally different to the usual on an 8" x 10" board.
I needed to try "scratching" skin and this is the result, the design is by Jan McCraw of Ladybug Creations.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I have the feeling that I will eventually have more pictures of scratchboard than of painting even though painting has always been my passion, so today I decided to post  a few pictures of of work I have done.  One of my favourite flowers to paint has been the rose although I do paint other subjects.

"A Rose for Hazel"
This painting became my first ever painting pattern packet.

"Rose and Butterfly".
2nd Prize at our local Mt. Gravatt show 2008.

"Rainbow Lorikeet & Gumnut Blossoms".
I have this painting hanging inside by my front door.

Moonlit Rose - Sold.

"Tenterfield Guardian"
A photo was taken of this boy sitting on the back of his owner's ute when we made a trip to the town of Tenterfield where my Mum was born, and is just over the Queensland/NSW border.  This painting won for me 3 beautiful books when I entered him into the Aus. Fine Art and Decorative Painting magazine's "Painters' Palette".  I also managed to make contact with the owner of the dog who told me his name was "Boots", obviously due to him having 4 white feet.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Boards with a little colour.

I have seen some amazing coloured scratchboard work and decided to give it a try, although I am still quite nervous about colouring a whole board.  These are my attempts so far.

"The Eyes Have It"
My first attempt - I painted the eyes with acrylics and then re-scratched.

"Flowers Anyone?"  
 My second attempt - the flowers were also painted with acrylics.

"Hypnotic Stare"

This is my most recent coloured work, this time I used water colours.

Colour added.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Scratchboard Art.

Well today I thought I would post a few pics of my scratchboard art.

The first being of my son's cat "Cattus" - I took this photograph of him while he was lying in the sun on a chilly July morning therefore the title "Sunseeker".

"What a Deer" is a favourite of mine - the photograph I took when visiting the Alma Park Zoo which is just north of Brisbane and it was featured in the Aus. magazine "The Artist's Palette" in 2009.

And yet another favourite - "Cooling Off", a board I have decided I will keep.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Seeing that I mentioned scratchboard in my first post, today I thought I would show a few pieces of my work.

This is Cattus, he belongs to my son and partner. The size is 8" x 10" and for the title is "Sunseeker.