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.