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
I have been thinking of creating new classes all year and have scrapped many ideas. Three “finalists” turned in to finished projects last month and these will be my new classes to offer in June at the PA Gourd Fest. You will able to register for the classes on the PA Gourd Society website on April 1st.
In my last post I mentioned my recent trip to Maine. While there my family and I went on a little boat sightseeing ride out to Petit Manan Island to see some wildlife. This is a spot for puffins, terns, auks and eiders and as we cruised back we stopped at Eastern Egg Rock Island to see some harbor seals. Being inspired by these adorable seals, this was the first gourd I worked on when we got back home.
Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month? This was started by Charlie O'Sheilds of Doodlewash. So, this post is dedicated to my recent little foray into watercolor.
At the end of May my family and I took a vacation to coastal Maine and then spent a few days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I knew we would be spending the entire vacation outdoors, biking or hiking and just enjoying God's creation all around us. This is such a beautiful part of our country and I was also looking forward to working some plein air painting in my little watercolor journal.
Howdy gourders! If you signed up for any of my classes in PA for this year (2022) then you are probably wondering what pyrography pens you will need to bring along with you. I have 3 favorite pens that I use in 99% of my work, and for my classes we use those pens. Sometimes you can substitute pens and it is not a problem!
I have a lot of favorite artists, but the one that is most often at the top of my list of influences is Rien Poortvliet. Many who have heard of him are likely most familiar with his work as an illustrator. His most popular book in the United States is Gnomes. The book that I treasure is his work on Noah's Ark, and if you ever get the chance to page through it, you might agree with me that his paintings do not seem to fit the usual "illustration" category. Not only finished paintings are shown, but also sketches and studies that let you see the world through his eyes as he studied and recorded on the page what he experienced.
I would like to start a new little series on different artists that have inspired me and shaped my own work in one way or another. The first in this series is Beatrix Potter.
Most famous for her books for children, with characters such as Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin, I am particularly attracted to her nature studies. These studies of animals, plants, fungi, landscapes, farmhouses and even furniture were indispensable to her training of observational drawing which led to her being able to create these believable characters, even though they were dressed in little jackets and pinafores!
The past few weeks have been productive for me. I am working on recording online courses, and finished up a few gourds, as well as some "non-gourd" artworks that I will share in another post.
The first was more of an opportunity for me to try out new carving burs that I received at Christmas, as well as trying out a weaving technique that has long intrigued me but I never gave it a go. At left see a photo of my testing my new cup carving burs on an old gourd piece.
After taking some time off at Christmas, I found it difficult to get back into a routine. There was just so much to do that was demanding time away from art, and instead of working every day, it seemed was only able to devote one or two days to art while the rest was... well all other stuff!! I felt like I was trudging uphill and every day that started out in the clear, turned out the Lord had other plans for me! These last couple of weeks I seem to have found my legs again and have been able to balance everything better.
I started this Macaw gourd at the end of October, got it most of the way done and only finished it up just now. I had wanted to work on a parrot for a while, I had taken some photos of some beautiful parrots at the Lake Tobias Wildlife park a few years ago that I was planning to use as reference. Unfortunately, since the photos were taken through a glass window, they didn't turn out all that great. I did, however find a nice shot on Unsplash (which is copyright free) that captured the macaw preening that I liked a lot.
Art has always been a part of my life, and I have worked in many different mediums.