Jenn's Gourd Art Blog
Or....how to improve your pyrography through sketching.
In my most recent video, I talk about a little sketchbook project that I have been doing this year. I decided I wanted to draw a hundred cats in pen and ink, and mostly from life.
Click to watch the video and you will also see a few different ways I have found this exercise can be a benefit to your skills in gourd pyrography. Watch to the end for a super cute surprise!
Winter is a perfect time, a quiet time without many outside obligations that lets me reassess, reorganize, and give myself permission to play with art without restraint. No upcoming shows to prepare for allows me to do art and mess up and learn, which we all need to do. It is not enough to find what works and keep doing that thing- this causes stagnation which reflects itself in lack of enthusiasm for showing art.
From the beginning of autumn I have been thinking about developing new classes to teach at the PA Gourd Fest. Some years I teach repeat classes, but this year I have 3 new ones and I am excited to share them with you here first!
Roughly two years ago I launched my first online course on Teachable.
During the course of those two years, I was able to create 4 more online classes and I have received a lot of favorable feedback.
A little diary about my newest completed gourd, Rainbow Trout. It was a special commission of a vase in the style of some of my other water life themed gourds. It went home to its owner this week and we are both pleased how it turned out.
Or, 3 little things you can do that make a big difference to judges.
Are you a bird watcher? I love to watch the birds, but I wouldn’t call myself a birdwatcher- at least not the hardcore bird list kind of bird watcher. Those are the types that are super dedicated, who travel the world to check off a rare warbler off their lifetime list (have you seen The Big Year?) I am more of the "set up 5 bird feeders and baths and wait for them to come to my own yard" kind of birdwatcher. And I have seen a lot of birds this way! Yes, I have traveled a little to see migrating birds, and my family trip last May to Maine did include a boat ride out to Petit Manan island to see the puffins at my request. But I digress- it is because I love to draw them.
In between dealing with catching every virus bug around for the last two months and was probably sick more than well, I did manage to work on this gourd vase. It follows a theme that has been part of an ongoing series of sorts..
Developing your drawing skills is something that is a lifelong process.
As a pyrographer, I can’t stress enough about the necessity of drawing skills, and how a good foundation of knowing how to draw and developing a drawing skill that will greatly improve your
Art has always been a part of my life, and I have worked in many different mediums.