Annual Small Works Show at Gallery North

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Annual Small Works Show
Edmonds Gallery North

401 Main St.
Edmonds WA 98020

Opening reception: Sunday, March 8, 1-4PM
Third Thursday Art Walk: March 19, 5-8PM

Come see the Northern Saw-whet Owl and Wild Rooster pieces in person at this year’s small works show! The exhibit features 250 pieces of artwork from 70 artists and runs through the month of March 2015. I’m going to try to make it to both the reception and art walk. Please stop by and say hello!

Rooster, Sunflower and Pink Hydrangea

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Thanks to a new scanner I’ve finally been able to scan some recent work. The hydrangea blossom above was the most recently finished. Also included are this rooster and sunflower.

strutting rooster by rowntreestudio.comThe Strutting Rooster is ink and scratching on clayboard. The piece measures 5″ x 7″.

sunflower watercolor by rowntreestudio.comThis sunflower painting is watercolor on Arches 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. It measures approximately 8″ x 10″.

I’m working on getting reproductions of all three pieces available in my Etsy shop!

Scratchboard Rooster

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I’m having fun with inks and clayboard! Yesterday’s project was this rooster with a serious expression and an amazing hairdo.

This piece and others will be available for sale soon, possibly first becoming available at the upcoming Woodinville Craft Fair.

Scratchboard Demo: Northern Saw-whet Owl

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After all the work I’ve been doing on the albatross and wheat artwork I felt a need to do something loose and relatively carefree. I turned to clayboard and a few colorful inks.

Above is a video of some of the work I’ve done on this little saw-whet project. I’m working on a 4″ x 4″ piece of Ampersand brand Claybord and working with Ampersand Scratchbord Inks. They dry quickly and really stick to the board’s clay surface. I’m working back and forth between inking and scratching, adding ink, scratching back, adding more ink, and so on. It’s a fun way to work, and it isn’t limited to inks for color. People use this same approach with colored pencils and watercolors (and probably whatever else they can come up with).

scratchboard, ink, saw-whet owl, rowntreestudio.com

The tool I’m using for scratching is a number 16 X-acto knife blade. The edge of the blade can be used for shallow, wide scratches while the tip works for fine lines. By rotating your grip on the knife you adjust the scratch shape. The brush I’m using here is a small, inexpensive synthetic round brush. I’ve got water in a container too for washing the brush and for diluting the ink. My palette is just a plastic lid. The inks dry quickly so I don’t put more on the palette than I need for more than a couple minutes of work.

The other tool I’m using here is my camera. I haven’t done much with the video capabilities before so I’m experimenting with both that and Photoshop CS6 video editing tools. What do you think? Are you interested in seeing more work in progress?