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.