I wouldna thunk it, but I’m in the pet portrait biz. I mean, OK, I’ve done commissioned portraits (mostly horse, some dog, even a couple cats) over the years, in oil or pastel…but here I’ve jumped in with both feet to something new. Even set up a new website.
Why? because it’s so damn much FUN. The scratchboard work has drama and mystery in it that doesn’t come with any other medium. I’m personally fascinated by watching an image emerge from the black surface. Once I get rolling, it can be hard to stop! but of course there’s no going back on a scratchboard, so I hafta be crazy careful about each mark I make since it can’t really be undone.
The other reason is that it’s gratifying beyond description to hear the client reaction. People love the results!! The jolt of happy stuff that comes with your client raving about your work just can’t be beat – and it’s one thing the artist often doesn’t get from gallery sales, since we’re a level removed from talking to the client when the sale actually happens (unless it’s from a museum show or opening we’re attending).
Anyway – new website at www.artfulk9.com. Another new scratchboard below.