|Newsletter Issue #14, August 2011|
I've been working in ink on scratchboard since the late 90's - using boards with a white surface. Earlier this year, I decided to spend more time in the scratchboard forum of WetCanvas and discovered some spectacular work and terrific fellowship amongst the artists there. Most of them are working on the black scratchboard (it's basically the same as the white board, but it comes pre-coated with black). I've dabbled in the surface in the past, but was inspired to try it again. The Percheron is my fourth drawing on a black board and although I enjoy the surface, I won't be abandoning my white boards. It all depends on what I choose to draw - some things just work better on a white board than a black one.
Classes in the Works
Scratchboard and Watercolor on Yupo
And speaking of scratchboard, I've had a few people express an interest in taking a scratchboard class, so it's time to pick a date and schedule it. If I can round up at least 5 people, I'll teach a class (in Newcastle, CA). The maximum number of students is 10. My classes are 5 hour workshops where each student brings their own reference photos. For me, this works better than having everyone draw the same image because: 1) each person is working on something that interests them, 2) each image presents its own challenges, that we can discuss in class and, 3) students aren't comparing their version of the image to everyone else's. I provide the scratchboard (white boards) and a few other materials, students supply the rest.
I've also had interest in teaching a watercolor on Yupo class, so I'm throwing
this out there as well. It's the same set up as the scratchboard class
and I supply the Yupo and a few other items. Yupo is a synthetic
paper that is very different from traditional
Studio in the Works
A Permanent Studio Space in Our Garage!
plan to create a permanent studio space has been in the works
for a while. It's taking longer than I had hoped, but I can't
say I'm surprised, as it's tough for John & I to coordinate our
schedules to work on a project like this. Our contractor is
lined up, but first, we have
all of our
stuff out of the garage so we can epoxy the floor before the
contractor can do his job. Slowly but surely, though, it's happening
and it will be worth the wait!
A New Dog!
Arrow the Terrier Mix is Added to Our Pack
I just have to share our adorable new addition. Arrow (formerly Scout) was picked up as a stray by Placer County Animal Services at the end of June and transferred to AAARF (Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation) where he was fostered for a month. I saw him on AAARF's Facebook page and was smitten! I contacted his foster mom for details and thought he'd be a really good fit with our senior border collie, Magpie. He and Magpie met on neutral territory one morning and then he visited our home briefly. He went back with his foster mom for the rest of the day and then I picked him up that evening. Arrow and Magpie are getting along quite well and she's much more tolerant of him than I expected - we're very proud of her!
He's not at all what I thought we'd end up with as I've been looking at dogs after our wonderful Patch passed three years ago, but he's a great little dog - sweet, loving, athletic (you should see him jump!) and smart. I've posted a couple of videos of him on YouTube if you care to look: Video 1 & Video 2
Thank you for your interest in my work and your support!