My Pyrography (Woodburning)
In the fall of 1999, I met an artist from Holland, MI that was really into pyrographics. I had never even thought about using woodburning to express my ideas. After trying it, I became quite obsessed with it for a while. It was so relaxing because you have to go slower than drawing because it takes more time to burn wood than to spread ink or graphite. It also filled the room with an enjoyable scent which lingers in the wood for a few days too. Recently, I found something that might make the task of designing a bit easier --- pyrography paper. I'll try it sometime and let you know how it goes.
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Vegetanimal from Outer Space Cross-Section
The Vegetanimal started out as a papier maché project I did in the spring of 2004. In January 2006, I created a watercolor featuring the Vegetanimal. This time, I created a woodburning that is meant to represent a cross-section through the Vegetanimal, revealing the interior make-up of this unusual creature/plant. It was completed on October 22, 2006.
My third project was to take on the door to my den. It was unfinished wood and I never got around to staining it and finishing it, so I figured, why not make it into a work of art instead. In addition to the woodburned designs on the door, it is also adorned with other natural objects such as feathers, fur, wasp nests, a deer jaw bone and teeth, sponges, shells and seed pods. It also contains two built-in planters at the bottom of the door that hold two living plants. I did most of it in 2000 and then there were still some empty spaces I thought would look better filled in. So in December 2003, I filled in those areas and I think it's finally complete. Although most of the shapes are pretty abstract, near the center is a region with a lot of animals of my own creation. The part near the lower left looks like a digestive system. God's Eye appears near the upper left, shooting out symbols of my own design. Near the bottom right is a trilobite of my own design. I also took some really interesting photographs of a Polyphemus Moth as well as a Pandora Shinx Moth on this door .
|Top Portion||Close-up of animals||Super Close-up of animals|
First stomach close-up
|Second stomach close-up (bottom left)|
|Spiral close-up(middle left)||God's Eye close-up (upper left)||Mushrooms and butterflies (upper right). Also shows rainbow from a prism in my window.|
|Sea urchin with Darwin fur surrounded by woodburned spiral (lower middle)||Wasp nest in rabbit fur, sponge with Darwin fur and bluejay feather (top)|
These are my first attempts at woodburning.
|Woodburned slices, 2000|
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