View Full Version : Best of 2014

12-16-2014, 10:49 AM
We have done these threads in the past, but think it never happened last year (sorry). Post your one favorite work that you produced in 2014 in this thread.

You can tell us why it is your favorite (may not be your best, but maybe holds special meaning, or you learned something really important while doing it). We ask you not to comment on the individual posts so this thread will be more or less just images of favorites created in 2014!


I will start it off with my work "Spin Cycle". This was the first massive clayboard I had done (30"x30") and I learned a lot! It made me feel more confident about actually being able to successfully complete a clayboard, something I had failed with more than I had succeeded with in the past.


12-16-2014, 02:56 PM
"Power at Peace" just really pleases me. I have a potential buyer for it but I almost hope she doesn't (but I could use the cash :) ) Aside from the way it turned out which I like, it brings back very pleasant memories of a day alone at the zoo when I could just relax and spend an hour just hanging in the one sweet spot for photos. I also can remember that super alert look from the tiger being caused by the little school kids running by his enclosure. I'm sure he wanted to go 'play' with them.

12-16-2014, 02:58 PM
Awesome, Cathy! Here's mine, and definitely my best of the year. I did several that I'm very proud of this year (and sold a few pretty well also!), but the level of difficulty was significantly raised with this one, which I knew I had to do the moment I shot it.

12-16-2014, 03:32 PM
I've really enjoyed focusing on my scratchboard work this year and this is definitely one of my favorites! A 6x6 board.

12-16-2014, 07:47 PM
I guess my favorite this year is "A Moment Shared"
11x14 Scratchboard and Ink
Much more difficult than I had anticipated. I learned how to render the many different textures, curves and reflections in reflections. I thought it was going to be fun and and not so tough. It was fun but it was frustrating at times. Glad I stuck with it!

12-17-2014, 04:56 PM
"Cathy's Burrito Bouquet", 5"x 7", is my 2014 fave, for many reasons: it was a challenge to render the different textures and all the tones, it includes Cathy's hands and the running joke of her love for burritos, it also includes Lorna's finger & thumb (we're pretty sure), the incident took place at a scratchy gathering (in Vancouver BC), the photo was taken by Harold. It's quirky as heck, but I had a blast doing it because it had so much connection to my scratchy compadres.


12-20-2014, 11:16 PM
I think my favorite this year is this portrait, Fascination. I have never considered myself much of a portrait artist, but this one turned out much better than I ever thought possible.

12-21-2014, 12:18 AM
This is my favorite from 2014 because it is a subject I had not tried before in scratchboard. I named the 11"x14" piece "Amber Waves".

12-25-2014, 06:39 PM
This is my favorite of the year. I finished it despite the pain of trigger thumb and entered it in The National at the Cape Cod Art Association. It took People's Choice by an overwhelming margin according to the CCAA. Title:Twisted 14x11

12-26-2014, 11:57 PM
I have a few favourites for this year but would have to say this 8" x 10" portrait of my son when he was 2 years old is the favourite of all.


12-27-2014, 12:28 AM
Wow, those are amazing! ^^^

I think this is my favorite for this year. Called it "After the Rain" 8X10


12-27-2014, 09:43 AM
I have chosen this to show that there is an alternative support to clay based boards . Here I have used a paper board with glossy surface on which Fiberglass brush and even Speedball nibs could be used to do the scratching . I have rendered the skin texture with Micro Fiberglasss brush and hair with Speedball nib
This was posted on 11th Nov. 2014



01-03-2015, 10:02 PM
I spent a lot of 2014 trying to explore new techniques, subjects, and styles - which while ultimately rewarding, could be incredibly frustrating at times.

After a number of hard fought victories I was starting to feel as though it was all just too much work and that I simply didn't have what it takes. It was around this time that an idea had popped into my head, one that didn't seems like it'd be too difficult to pull off, and sure enough within only a couple of weeks I was able to realize it exactly as I had envisioned it. After so many struggles in 2014, this piece just came effortlessly, which gave me the confidence I needed to keep pushing myself.

"Skylines" 16x12


01-03-2015, 10:30 PM
My one and only scratch this year. It was very special to me as I think Ben's personality was really captured.....small piece 5 x7 with India ink for the eyes.

02-08-2015, 08:55 PM
My favorite piece due to the fact I received excellent advice from someone I so admire so much.

Diana Lee
02-17-2015, 11:32 AM
My favorite for 2014 was hard to select, but I chose my "Old Man". I wanted to see how much detail I could get in a piece if I created a very large image. This isn't the largest board I have worked on, but it is the largest image. It is on a 16x20 board.