Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Scratchboard



I am currently working on a new scratchboard which I am going to call "Fascination" and I will post pics when it is finished, although it probably won't be for another week or so with it being a large board - 16" x 12".

In the meantime I will post a pic of my "Tabby Eyes" scratchboard (e-pattern available) now that it is framed "all in white"  i.e. white frame and white mat board which is quite different to the framing I have chosen in the past.  I bought the frame at one of the cheaper variety stores and then took it to my usual framers to have it put into the frame professionally using spaces etc. to keep the glass off the scratchboard.  I like it - what do you think?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Oil Painting "Curiosity" - Finished.

As mentioned previously it is many years since I have painted with oils and today I completed the painting of Vito and rose petals.  Painting with oils is certainly a change to using acrylics so I am hoping I have done the reference picture by Mats Petterson (Grymfoting Flickr) justice.  I have decided to call this painting "Curiosity".

Monday, June 21, 2010

Oil Painting - WIP



I have made a little more progress on my oil painting but am nowhere near finished yet, although hopefully I will complete it sometime this week so I can start on my next scratchboard.  There is much more work to do to the rose petals, bowl, and the left ear (on our right) plus adding a few other details i.e. whiskers etc.



Saturday, June 19, 2010

Oil Painting.

When I first started painting quite a number of years ago I used oil paints and as usual I just jumped into the deep end without ever having been taught the correct way to use them, if there is a correct way!  Recently I obtained quite a few tubes of oil paint so I decided after a very long time to give oils a try after having used acrylics which I must say took some getting used to with the drying time after oils.  So here are a few oil paintings I did all those years ago plus a WIP of the white Boxer puppy that I recently did as a scratchboard.

This painting is years and years old and now hangs in my bedroom.

I did this painting for my Mum and she had it hanging in her lounge room forever.  After her passing in 2005 I had the painting re-framed with the frame being a garage sale find.  I can't believe I painted it such a long time ago.


This is Mt. Tibrogargan which you can see on the way to the Sunshine Coast.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tibrogargan


My WIP of Vito and Roses (permission by his owner was given for me to use this photograph as my reference.)  As you can see I have a long way to go before it is completed.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Decorative Painting.


Well I have finally painted again and finished this shopping bag yesterday, this being only the third time I have painted so far this year so I am hoping it will help to get me into painting mode!!! Last year I painted on quite a number of shopping bags and as I still have a couple of bags left I decided I would paint one of the larger bags I have on hand and did this one yesterday;as usual it had to be of a dog.....a Ladybug's (Jan McCraw) whimsical "Cocker Spaniel" as I loved the look on his/her face.





With roses being my most favourite flower to paint I have also painted bags with roses on them...here are just a few:-

"A Rose for Hazel"
I painted this rose in memory of my Mum and produced it as my first painting pattern.

"Pink Perfection"
This is my own design and was featured in the Aus. Fine Art & Decorative Painting magazine.

Another of my own designs.

Here are just a few more bags showing different designs which are all Ladybug designs:-







Now it's back to either painting or scratchboard work.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Vito in Scratchboard

It seems that Vito's owner Mats is quite happy with the scratchboard I did of his gorgeous Boxer dog as he has posted a link to my Blog showing the different stages of the work....link below; thanks Mats - he is a great photographer and has lots more fabulous shots of Vito.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/grymfoting/4679019503/

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"The Look"

I think I have finished my latest scratchboard of "Vito" a white Boxer dog!  As my friends know I love Boxers and when I saw this photograph taken by Mats Petterson (Grymfoting Flickr) he kindly gave me permission to use it for my reference.   I'm not sure about the title I have given this piece although "The Look" seems to be appropriate as I know it so well with having owned two Boxers of my own. 




I was so engrossed with scratching this piece that I forgot to take more photos during its progress.