Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Scratchbord Octopus

I love this little scratchbord. It was a sample in a bag of goodies that were being given out at a Utretcht Store opening on Van Ness in San Francisco. It's only about 3"x5" but it was fun to work in the negative so to speak by scratching in the light rather than filling in with black. If you click on the image you can see some areas where my razor blade skipped over the surface instead of leaving a solid line. It left a cool type of stippling in places.

There are some awesome scratchbord artists out there with their most amazing images of animals and flowers because of the ability to etch such fine lines for fur, hair or vein in a petal. I'd like to do another one but the Libra in me is always bouncing back on forth on what the subject is going to be. No flowers, fauna or animals. I'll have to think about it more.

I'm wondering if people think I'm like the "Stanford and Sons" type artists blog. I think it's because I'm rather new in the art industry but it does seem with all the other wonderful artist's blogs I visit every day, there is not more than 2 or three mediums the artist works in. Or there is a set style and subject matter they focus on. Is that the secret to their success? Instead of my shotgun "I wanna try everything" jack-of-all-trades I should try to master one?


r garriott said...

Hi Sheila, I found you through Tom Pohlman's blog. This scratchboard piece is exquisite!

If you like working in multiple mediums, then why not keep going? It's a good way to find what appeals to you most.

dominique eichi said...

Sheila, I'm the same way I like all kinds of medium and did a scratchboard piece too. (old post on my blog)
It is probably true that if you stick to one thing you get very good at it, but that's almost boring. But I am trying to stick to one for the moment. (until.. :) ) Keep it up no matter what you do ,you're good !

r garriott said...

Hi Sheila, I'm back again....I want to print out your Octopus to show to my composition class today...may i? We're doing a week on 'line' and I think this is a fantastic example.