I couldn't help but start another scratchboard which I completed yesterday. This is my own photograph which I took some time ago of my garden statue surrounded by white Crocus flowers, obviously I wanted it for a painting reference but as I was looking to do something different in the way of a scratchboard I decided to give it a try not with using a craft knife as usual for animal fur etc. but with a fibreglass brush.
This is a fibreglass brush - I used one of these for 99% of the work.
This week I entered a few of my scratchboards into a local show which is held each year, and today, Saturday 24th July, I am pleased to say that out of the 5 scratchboards I entered, 4 received places. In the one section which includes Representational Art ie. Water Colours, Oils, Pen & Ink etc. only a 1st prize and HC is given, no 2nds or 3rds but in Cottage Handcraft which is in another building altogether I received 1, 2nd & 3rd for my boards and 1st and 2nd for fabric painting. So I am very happy with the results.
1st Prize - Other Recognised Art Forms.
Unfortunately I was unable to get a photograph without reflection - This is a scratchboard I did recently showing the Bible which belonged to my Dad, my Gr. Grandfather's pocket watch and flowers which were grown from a plant given to me for Mother's Day 2009 from my younger son.
To see better photographs of the above piece check out the WIP pictures in the month of May.
Any Other Work
"Tabby Eyes" - 1st Place
"Thoughtful Gaze" - 2nd Place
"Hypnotic Stare" - 3rd Place
(The white line across the top of "Tabby Eyes" is the reflection
At the moment I am having a little break from scratchboard art although only until I decide what subject I want to do next, so in the meantime I have been doing a little decorative painting on a couple of shopping bags which were sent to me as a surprise gift from the USA.
The first bag I have already given to a friend, she loves owls and the colour green so thought this design to be very appropriate. The owl design is by Ladybug Creations and the title is "Who's for Ice Cream".
This one I may keep for myself, another Ladybug Creations design called "Sweet Nothing".
Now that these are finished I think I will make a start on a more serious type painting.
I haven't been painting or doing any scratchboard art since finishing "Fascination" but I have been working on a couple of scratchboard patterns. Both have been published although there is a lot more detail in these patterns. "Running Free" is complete and ready and I am still working on "Yorkie".
I have had this pattern completed for quite some time now but had to learn how to put it into PDF format, well my other half had to....LOL. Even though the original document was small in size when using some of the PDF Creator programmes the size increased for some reason therefore not suitable for emailing. Anyway it is ready now - any enquiries please direct them to me at email@example.com