Sunday, February 17, 2013

Scratching A Portrait . . .

I tried another sgraffito portrait.  This time I painted a layer of yellow acrylic and added black oil pastel over top.  Oddly enough I had a hard time with this one.  It kept ending up looking like the negative of a photo.  I was thinking too much.  And then all of a sudden it clicked and I was able to wipe away the lights to bring her face alive.  

Creepy as she is there is something about her I like.  There is some kind of mystery to her.  I added some scribbles and stamps to this one.  I really like the scratching and wiping away.  Its good to get some angst out!  Maybe that is what shows in her face . . . my angst!  

Sharing her today for Sunday Sketches.



  1. art as angst...and letting your feelings show through...brilliant. and this is gorgeous.

  2. this is outstanding...the textures are wonderful. i'm inspired! thank you :)

  3. This is a really cool technique and I like how this portrait turned out. I look forward to seeing more of your art.

    visiting from sunday sketches:)

  4. She is most definitely a creation of emotion. Love it. (And not creepy in the least)

  5. You've got alot of emotion coming out there. Are the butterflies the angst fluttering away slowly? And you are surrounded by a suggested heart... love it :)

    1. She looks like a tiki or woodsie person....really really cool!!

  6. Regardless, Cathy. I LOVE how this turned out. Wow. I just love all of your wonderful, creative ideas you inspire us with. Hugs! :)

  7. I like the colors and your work is inspiring!

  8. Wow, Cathy! This is wonderful!! I love her!! You know, when I was taking my etching class, my professor looked at my blog and said that all of my women were slightly mysterious and creepy - and she meant it as a real compliment. So, it's all good! Actually, your portrait has real emotion in her. Wonderful!! Love, Silke