Monday, June 02, 2008

Percheron Scrimshaw done!

I did it! :-) But it was a strenuous process.

"Sunday Morning" (Percheron)
scrimshaw on pre-ban ivory piano key
7/8 by 1-7/8 inches
will be framed
entered in Draft Horse Classic

I really had planned to finish last night, but I was also having serious doubts about my ability to finish at all. This is how it looked at 8pm:

By 2am I was cranky and sore and still not done, so I decided to call it a night, figuring I had at least three more hours of work to put into it, a lot of which involved really pushing the dark areas on the trees (ugh). This is how it looked at 2am:

After exactly three more hours today I was willing to call it done, so I scanned it, printed a pic, and dashed off to the post office to mail the entries. It's a juried show, I should find out by the end of the month whether I'm in or not. I entered 4 pieces in State Fair too, should know about that by the end of the month as well. Cross your fingers!

Just for kicks, here are the two pieces I entered in Draft Horse Classic, side by side. Both Percherons, slight size difference ya think? ;-) Interestingly, the tiny scrim took about 2/3 as long to create as the big drawing.

The moral of the story here is don't do scrimshaw on tight deadlines, it's really hard. And don't do ten hours of scrimshaw in a day, it really hurts.

I'm exhausted.


Anonymous said...

Are you into percherons now? -BM

Anonymous said...

Both exquisite, but I have a question. While I'm not a 'horse person', I would nonetheless expect to recognize whatever is in the foreground of the scrimshaw. However, I don't! What, exactly, am I looking at? Thanks - BS

Katherine Plumer said...

BM- well it's a draft horse show! ;-)

BS- the horse's butt! The viewpoint is standing behind the horse looking toward its head, and it has its head and neck turned to the side. Okay, so maybe not my most successful piece eh? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Your artwork is spectacular. Good Luck on the shows.Now here is a question....Are Percherons larger or smaller than Clydsdales(sp?)
What is the (traditionally accepted) largest draft horse breed?

Katherine Plumer said...

Hey Aaron, okay here are my answers to those questions, but you might get slightly different answers depending who you ask.

Percherons, as a whole, are generally shorter than Clydesdales. A lot of Clydesdales are pretty leggy. The largest draft breed would be the Shire (again, on average).

Anonymous said...

I think they both look great!!!! :-)--CS