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 salvaged....so far.....so 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!