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 found that I really enjoyed this media. It was so relaxing because one has to go slower than drawing because it takes more time to burn wood than to spread ink or graphite.
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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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