Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Precious Cargo - Finished.

I managed to finish this piece early this morning, now to find what I will do next - will it be a painting or a scratchboard?  BTW the reference photograph used is by Tambako the Jaguar at FlickR.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Precious Cargo.

More progress made on a "Precious Cargo" - still quite a way to go though, hopefully I will finish the area around the top of the cub's head today.  (The board in real life is not showing as bright as this.)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Precious Cargo.

I made a little progress today.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I don't wanna go!

I have had a short break these past couple of weeks from doing any type of art, and making the decision as to whether the next would be painting or scratchboard, the latter won and I started on a 12" x 16" board yesterday. Again, it was hard to come up with a title.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and a great New Year! 2012.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ISSA in Aus. Magazine

The current edition of the Australian Fine Art & Decorative Painting magazine, Vol. 19 #5 has published an article I wrote about the new International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA).  It features images of the ISSA Master Scratch Artists President Lorna Hannett - "Tea and Strawberries" which is one of my favourite pieces by Lorna, fellow Aussie Patrick Hedges, Vice President - "The Birdy Bunch and Lion", Diana Lee's "Ella" and my own "A Single Glass". 

If you would like further information about joining ISSA, here is the link to the website:-

Monday, December 5, 2011


Here is my latest scratchboard finished, and unless I can come up with another title I have decided to call this piece"Thirsty"  at least for now.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dog Scratchboard Progress.

I have made some progress with this piece and I am already looking for what my next board will be, I also need to come up with a title.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Another Dog Scratchboard

I have started another scratchboard of a dog, the size is 8" x 10" so not quite as big as the previous one of "Focused".

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bubble Gazer - now Focused.

Finished this board yesterday and decided to change the title to "Focused".

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bubble Gazer WIP - 2

I have managed to do some more work on the fur, not that you can notice a lot of difference and also coloured the bubble.  I tend to be colouring one section on a scratchboard lately, i.e. the eyes, or a butterfly as in Nature Study (shown on my Blog banner) and I couldn't resist adding colour to the bubble on this board.  I still have to strengthen the shading of the fur at the dog's back and finish off the muzzle and nose.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bubble Gazer - WIP

I started on this 11" x 14" board the other day of this gorgeous dog, as well as an 8" x 10" board of another dog.....I just can't help myself with them being my most favourite subject of all and as you can see at my new website......     thank you again Serena.
The reference photograph for this one is by Tipseek - FlickR who kindly gave me permission to use it.  As for the title ????? this is all I can think of for now as whilst working on it I keep thinking Star Gazer and therefore it led to Bubble Gazer, I might also add a few more bubbles although there is only this one in the original photograph.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Latest FADP magazine.

I managed to find a copy of the latest Australian Fine Art & Decorative Painting magazine at our local Garden City shopping centre yesterday, and I received a nice surprise to find a picture of my "Thoughtful Gaze" on the cover. This now makes a total of seven of my scratchboards to be published and the last of my submissions for this year, so I will have to get to work and submit a few more to the Editor when done, for her approval.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New board/old board

I was asked by the owner of "Heinz" to do a scratchboard of him from a favourite photograph she had where he is lying in one of her large plant pots, and I managed to get it completed this week, as well as starting on another board of my favourite subject....a dog.

Remember this one of my "Uninvited Guest" - I really need to complete the tattered piece the crystal bowl is sitting on, and hopefully I will also get this done before too long.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Mother's Love.

A Mother's Love was one of 7 that I entered into an art show this past weekend and one which  I had great success in last year.  The number of entries was unlimited, so I thought I'd try my luck in the categories of Animals, Still Life (any medium) and Drawing where scratchboard art was listed although it was not mentioned last year.

I received a Highly Commended for this piece which I feel I was lucky to receive, after having been told by a couple of those in attendance on the opening night that the "Judge" did not like scratchboard art, which was a highly unprofessional comment to make!  Oh well, at least he thought my work was worth a HC which was certainly surprising.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I received my Wet Canvas Newsletter yesterday and to my surprise found that my board of the cheetah  Intensity was featured with Sandra Willard's beautiful still life Diapente.  

Link below:-

Monday, October 31, 2011

New Blog & ISSA

My Blog has had a "facelift" all thanks to my friend Serena, she has also spent quite some time working on a website for me and I think she has done a fabulous job as they both look great.  Serena is one talented lady, not only does she do beautiful painting of which I own a couple of pieces but also knitting and crochet and now web sites!!!

Check out my website at the link below:-

And Serena's:-

On another note, and as mentioned in my previous post of September 16, the ISSA (Internantional Society of Scratchboard Artists) is now up and running and already there are quite a few members.  So if you are interested in becoming a member, here is the link for all levels of membership.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oil Painting & Scratchboard Finished.

All done now unless I see something that needs re-working and so far so good.......I thinkI!! Initially I planned to colour the Cheetah and as usual changed my mind and decided to just colour the eyes.


"A Soft Touch" in the frame.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Scratchboard & Oil Painting Progress.

I have made some progress on both the scratchboard "Intensity" and  the oil painting "A Soft Touch" .....still a way to go on the cheetah and just some tidying up on the oil painting, plus a little more work on the kitten.

Last weekend I met up with Sth. Australian Master scratchboard artist Patrick Hedges, who came all the way to Brisbane from Adelaide in Sth. Australia for the day to do a workshop here.  The time we had together went so quickly with our main topic of conversation being scratchboard art, of course, and the new International Society of Scratchboard Artists which is now underway and accepting members from beginners to the more advanced.

Here's Patrick with my "Resting Place" board.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oil Painting

I haven't been able to do any work on the scratchboard of the Cheetah due to painting instead and which I have almost completed since taking this photograph, even so, I still have more work to do on the girl's hair and the kitten.

On the weekend I received a surprise note from photographer Gary Lackie, whose reference photograph I used for my scratchboard "Resting Place" - he has some amazing photographs and I couldn't resist asking for his permission to use "Rainy Day Cub"....the link below:-

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Scratchboard & Oil Painting.

I have started another scratchboard - what's new LOL?  Oh and I have also started on an oil painting too, you know the old saying "busy hands!!!!!!

The first is an 8"x 10" scratchboard of a cheetah, the reference photo by Phil Stronge.  You may remember 3 boards I did from Phil's reference photos of Lola, Connie and Maggie.  Maggie and Lola you will find in February's posts and Connie in March of this year.

This board I think I will give the title of "Intensity".  Still a lot more work to do and I am planning on adding colour as up until now I have added colour to very few of my scratchboards.

The start of my oil painting a "Soft Touch", the original design is by Jan McCraw - oils are a medium I rarely use and I just hope I can do justice to this piece,  more work has been done since taking this photo.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A new board - Don't Cry.

I was asked some time ago if I would do a scratchboard of this little girl and her baby brother and because the size of the photograph I had to go by was so small that I couldn't see enough detail I decided not to do it. This weekend I made the decision to "give it a go" and I am quite happy with the result. I called this "Don't Cry" for the want of a better and it is on an 8" x 10" board.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Splash'n Good Time Completed.

Completed today....well I hope it is!  I can't see anything else that needs to be done at the moment but maybe in a day or two I will!!!!!!!  I should mention the original reference photograph is by "Baldwin Olthof" FlickR.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Splash'n Good Time Update

I'm getting there slowly with this one!  Maybe I will have it finished by next week....LOL.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Splash'n Good Time

Here's where I am at with my latest 12" x 16" board with still a long way to go!

Friday, September 16, 2011

ISSA (International Society of Scratchboard Artists)

With being a totally addicted scratchboard artist, I thought some of you would be interested to read the following news:-

The International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA)

Scratching, as an art form, has been around since the first people painted and scratched on cave walls. Today’s scratchboard is much more refined, allowing for intricate detail and a wide variety of styles. Scratchboard Art involves using a variety of abrasive tools to remove dark coloured ink to reveal a white layer below. Artists may leave the artwork in black and white or colour it with a variety of mediums. Scratchboard Art was historically used for illustrations in the advertising and publishing industries as an alternative to engraving. It has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity and is now finding its way into fine art circles.

In recent years an International group of artists have been experimenting, pushing boundaries and honing their skills in scratchboard, working to move beyond illustrations into the creation of fine art. It was discovered that a large portion of the general public and art community had little knowledge of this medium. When entering juried shows, often show organizers do not know what category to put scratchboard art into and some would even exclude it from shows without ever seeing the work or understanding what scratchboard is capable of in the hands of fine artists.

Initially brought together through an online art community called WetCanvas, the first ever International Scratchboard Exhibition was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2009 with a second one held in Alamosa, Colorado in 2010. While these shows were very well received, they were not inclusive to all scratchboard artists.

With almost all other mediums having their own societies representing them and helping to promote their interests, it was felt that a similar society dedicated specifically to Scratchboard Art was overdue. ISSA has the goal of lifting the profile of scratchboard art internationally; providing exhibitions to showcase this art form, organizing workshops, uniting all artists working in the medium, and endeavouring to continue educating about the medium to the arts and public communities.

In July 2010 discussions started for creating a formal society dedicated to Scratchboard Art with the aims to reach and include all scratchboard artists everywhere. After this meeting work began on the society’s bylaws, the development of a board of directors, incorporation and the process of aquiring non-profit status.  . Its web site, presently still under construction, can be found at

Membership within the society includes a variety of levels to encourage artists from novice up to professionals. Top tiers of membership and all shows will be carefully juried to encourage and promote excellence in the medium. At least one international show of scratchboard art will occur each year. In 2012 all scratchboard artists, worldwide, will be welcomed and encouraged to submit for jury to the inaugural ISSA International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art. Subsequent exhibitions will be for ISSA members only.

The Founding Board Members of ISSA are Lorna Hannett and Sue Rhodes from Canada, Patrick Hedges from Australia, Diana Lee, Ken MacFarlane, Cathy Sheeter, and Sandra Willard from the US.

I was notified in July 2011 that I had gained the title of MSA...Master Scratchboard Artist and
"Fascination" is just one of my entries submitted.  I am still excited about the society being set up, so if you want to become a member applications will be received later this year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Scratchboards.

I still haven't completed "Uninvited Guest" due to being side-tracked by working on a small 5" x 7" board of a sleeping angel which took me longer to complete than I thought it would - why is it that something you think you can do quite quickly ends up taking twice the amount of time to complete?   I have also prepared a 12" x 16" board which I started on today of a dog in water for which a title eludes me for now although "A Splash'n Good Time" keeps popping into my head.

Sleeping Angel.

Splash'n Good Time.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moonlight Dreams

Well here are the Arctic Wolf Cubs finished I think, unless I see something that needs to be done.  The title prior to the moon being added, which by the way was a suggestion by my partner, has gone from Two's Company to Moonlight Dreams with this title given to me by a friend.  At times it is harder to come up with a Title than doing the actual work lol.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A few things.

I have often been asked for cards featuring my scratchwork and after making many enquiries over the past 12 months or so, I have finally been given a contact where I recently had a few printed and I am very happy with the result - I will also have the lion, raccoon and jaguar cub on display with the original artworks next month at a gallery and these cards are already in the celophane sleeves so not showing up as well as the other four.  If anyone is interested in the cards I can be contacted on

I have made some progress on "Uninvited Guest" with just a little more to do on the vase, unfortunately I have become a little bored with this one so have put it aside for the time being and started on a 12" x 16" board of 3 Arctic wolf cubs.

The Arctic wolf cubs below, not sure about a title yet but "Two's Company" comes to mind.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Brisbane EKKA

This time every year in August, the Royal National Brisbane Exhibition is held, it is known as the EKKA by us locals. I entered a couple of my scratchboards into the art section and also two of my painted pieces into the decorative painting category. I had no luck with the scratchboards but received 2nd place in "Australian Novelty" and "Decorative Painting Any Style". The original designs of "Digger" and "The Last Stitch" for the painted pieces are by Jan McCraw of Ladybug Creations.

Monday, August 15, 2011

United Guest.

I'm still working on this board although not spending as much time on it as I should therefore I still have quite a way to go.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Uninvited Guest.

Making slow progress on this one.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jaguar Cub Finished & New Board.

Here is Lazua the Jaguar Cub - the reference photo taken by Tambako FlickR.  I coloured the ears and part of the face of this one and decided I preferred it without colour, so spent a great deal of time scratching the colour off although I did leave a touch in the eyes.  This is the first board I have bothered to do anything regarding a background and am not sure whether I have done the right thing here.


The start of my new board
"Uninvited Guest"

 We have quite a few Butcher Birds that call here to be fed and a couple of them are quite cheeky and have come inside our house.  Here's one I found sitting on my crystal bowl and I was lucky enough to have my camera handy to be able to take a photograph.  I hadn't planned on doing a scratchboard of him and then thought this would be something different to the usual, that is, if I every get it finished with all the detail of bowl and doily.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jaguar Cub Update & My News

Firstly here is an update on this cute Jaguar Cub, lots more to do yet but I'm getting there, if not, slowly.

I entered a small local show this weekend and received three 1st prizes.  In one building where painting, decoupage, wood turning etc. is featured my scratchboard "I'm Looking at You" received 1st place in "Any Other Work".

Maggie (Nature Study" received 1st place in "Other Recognised Art Forms" in the art section which is held in another building.  This is a second time prize for Nature Study with it being one of 10 finalists in the Aus. Artist magazine last month.

"Salisbury Iris" painted in oils received 1st place in the Open Section.  I grew this iris from a bulb taken from my Mum's garden and the plant is flowering at the moment.  I entered two paintings this one and "After the Rain" which didn't receive a place and when I entered them I thought maybe the rose had more of a chance of gaining a place than the iris but not the case.