Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Joy Ride WIP

More work has been done to this board although as you can see I still have a long way to go.  I have also been working on another scratchboard, an 8" x 10" as well as this one but hopefully "Joy Ride" will be completed shortly.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Scratchboard News/Joy Ride WIP

Exciting news is that at long last an International Society of Scratchboard Artists is underway with Aussie artist Patrick Hedges Vice President, and founding board members being other amazing scratchboard artists such as Lorna Hannett - Canada, Diana Lee, Cathy Sheeter, Sandra Willard and Ken MacFarlane - USA.

The Society will be known as the ISSA and membership will commence once everything is in place with the aim being to have scratchboard art finally recognised as fine art.  I will certainly be looking forward to becoming a member once it is established.

In the meanwhile I have made a little progress on "Joy Ride".

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Joy Ride - WIP

 I have already started on my next board now that "Freckle" is completed.  This one is 11" x 14" and the reference photo of a dog in the back of a ute was taken by my brother which I have had for some time.  Now that I have finally made a start I think there will be quite a lot of scratching to be done although maybe not as much as that done on "Freckle".

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Freckle Completed.

I finished the board of Freckle today.  Once the picture was on my computer monitor I could see things I felt needed more work so having now completed those here she is - this is an 8" x 10" board and there was definitely more work to this piece than some of the larger boards I have done.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Freckle WIP & Rescued Galahs

I have made some progress on the board of Freckle but not as much as I would have liked...hopefully I will have it finished by the weekend.

In the early and very cold hours of last Saturday morning at a garage sale, my partner noticed 2 galahs in a cage out in the open with no food, water or protection and told me about them when he came home.  During the morning he kept mentioning the birds and how sorry he felt for them and as the day progressed told me had to go and buy a few parts for the lawn mower, and guess what he came home with as well as the parts he needed????  Here are the birds having a taste of a little freedom in our rumpus room, unfortunately one has a busted wing although he can still fly as we found out.  We hope to find a good home for them and at least they are being well looked after now.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Freckle the Koala.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a koal centre about 20 minutes drive from home to specifically take photographs for my scratchboard art.  Out of all the photographs taken I now have plenty of one koala in particular whose name is Freckle.

The info. below is taken from the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.

Freckle was born in late 2004. She was found in the pouch of a female koala that was rescued and taken to the Moggill Koala Hospital for medical treatment. When Freckle’s mother (Speckle) did not survive, the orphaned Freckle was cared for and prepared for rehabilitation back to the wild. Freckle however, did not respond to the rehabilitation program, which indicated she would not survive if returned to the wild. Permission was granted (by the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s Chief Executive) for her to remain in captivity for education purposes at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.

Freckle can often be seen high up on the outdoor crossbeam where she loves to sit, even in the rain. Although fully grown, Freckle is a small-sized koala with much smaller ears than Eucky who is the other resident koala. Freckle is often brought to community events and has become a well known koala around the Brisbane area.

 Work so far.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I finished this 8" x 10"  board today of my beautiful grand-daughter Jordie.  Although I am not a lover of scratching out skin I am quite pleased with this piece which took me a lot longer to do than anticipated.