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night walk with cats in scratchboard
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Pre-inked scratchboard is a smooth, soft surface. Scratchboard tools cut away black ink and reveal the chalky white surface below. Thin lines are lightly scratched while broad lines dig deeper. I used a 3/16" piece of square steel stock from the hardware store, filed to a sharp point. Scratchboard should be vacuumed free of chalk dust when finished.

Scratchboard takes strength so my best pieces were in my 30's.

Since I am usually unaware what will fill the space before starting a picture, scratchboard seems an unlikely medium. Mostly because mistakes cannot be erased. Mistakes can be inked-over, but the surface is flawed. The beauty of scratchboard comes from the texture created by scratches in the surface.

With this picture, I probably sketched a few lines and then saw something. Here the cats have been playing together and are now resting. They approach a stranger. A month older and they would run away. I remember thinking about the telephone pole, and I remember thinking about a cat and suddenly making a cat, but otherwise the work was 'in the moment.'

Night walk with cats - scratchboard with photoshop gradient
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