Upcoming Events

Monday, March 24, 2014

Art & Brew, Saturday, April 26th at Roseville Brewing Company, Roseville CA

Art, beer, food and fund-raising for the Placer SPCA - a fun time will be had by all! There's also a partner show featuring a sampling of our works at Gallery iQ in Rocklin CA.
Click on the image below to view the full-size flyer with all the pertinents and such.

Loomis Art Loop, Saturday & Sunday, May 10th & 11th, in Loomis CA

Visit 13 artists in 6 locations. I'll be showing with Doug Horton at the Horton Iris Garden (#4/5 on the map). Click on the image to visit the Loop web site and download the map.
There's also a preview show at Flower Farm Inn with a Celebration of Art on April 13th, featuring art and artists from the Loop. The preview show will run through the weekend of the Loop.


Now One of the "Women Artists of the West"

Saturday, February 15, 2014

At the end of 2013, my application to Women Artists of the West was accepted! I'm now an Associate member of this long-standing organization. I've recently completed two pieces to submit to their upcoming show in San Diego in May. I'll find out by February 28th if either/both are accepted. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the show this year.

The first piece is a miniature drawing of a Sandhill Crane. Show organizers requested that each artist submit at least one miniature - anything measuring 12" or less on a side, frame included. This crane is on a 3" x 5" scratchboard which I'll mount to a 5" x 7" board and put in a 5" x 7" black frame. The white outline is the edge of the scratchboard.

The "all scratched" version
The final version, with color. I used colored inks and India ink wash.
The second piece is a scratchboard drawing of a border collie pup. I'm Facebook friends with a border collie breeder in Australia and some time last year, she posted an adorable photo of one of her pups. When I saw that, I knew it was a "must draw", so I asked her permission to use the photo and she graciously sent the file. The format is long and narrow, so I cut a 12" x 9" piece of scratchboard down to 4" tall. The cut edge of the board is a little rough, so it's going into a custom-cut frame, no mat on this one.
"Tell Me More About 'Sheep'"
I used colored ink on the eyes and India ink wash on other areas.
A detail of the drawing
To see earlier in-progress images of this pup, start with this image in my Facebook album and advance forward.

In other news, I gave a scratchboard demo at the Stockton Art League a few days ago and will be giving a demo, followed by a workshop at Rocklin Fine Arts next week. On March 15/16, I'm teaching a workshop at Mendocino Art Center. I'm also working on a new drawing to submit to the International Society of Scratchboard Artists annual show that opens at the end of June.


Portraits of Max & Rosie - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Saturday, January 04, 2014

These two portraits were commissioned by a friend for her daughter. Each is 5" x 5" on Ampersand Scratchbord™. After I completed the majority of the scratching on each portrait, I tinted them with colored ink. After adding the color, I do a little more scratching to pull out highlights and tidy things up.  I scanned more progress stages of Max's portrait than I did of Rosie's.

The finished portrait of Max
My reference photo
Transfer lines visible and some scratching done
More scratching . . .
Scratching mostly complete, prior to coloring
A time-lapse
A detail
Another detail

The finished portrait of Rosie
Scratching mostly complete, prior to coloring
A detail
My reference photo; I chose to leave out her body


Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Frosty Buckwheat with Border Collie"
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that 2014 is everything you want it to be and then some!


Scratchboard Workshop

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I'm excited about teaching my first workshop for the Mendocino Art Center! It's a 2-day scratchboard workshop on March 15 & 16, 2014. Click here for all the details and sign-up info.


New Look!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Yes, the blog is different. I've updated the color scheme to reflect the overhaul of my web site. The web site isn't ready for launch yet, but it will be eventually. It's something I've been working on for years - converting it to the Wordpress platform. It's slow going because there is a lot of material to transfer, so I work on it in fits and starts. The beta version is accessible, if you'd like to see it here. Today I decided to come up with a different header for the new web site. I wanted to use the same header for the blog, and that required an update to the color scheme. So there you have it and now you see it.

In other news, I applied for membership to Women Artists of the West (WAOW) and was accepted. I'm now an Associate member.

I'm gearing up for the first of two fall open studios this weekend. #1 is the Newcastle Art Studios Tour (October 12/13), #2 is the Autumn Art Studios Tour (November 8 - 10). My studio is full of art and just needs a good vacuuming to get rid of assorted insects and cobwebs.

The bison you see in the header is a new scratchboard drawing. I created "Call of the Prairie" for our Newcastle Tour's preview show, which is on display through the Tour weekend at Lone Buffalo Vineyards. I scanned the bison in various stages as I worked on it, you can see those images in my WIP (work in progress) album on Facebook. Scroll down to the bottom of the album. Donna Ridgeway provided the terrific photo I used for reference.

"Call of the Prairie", 5" x 7" scratchboard, tinted with ink

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