May 17, 2018
So have been experimenting with several new mediums that might work for my super small studio space. I focused on Embroidery for a while and really enjoyed it, but the final product on fabric stretched in a hoop, simply didn’t feel safe enough or long-term enough. When I create a fine art piece, it takes a lot of time and I want to create work that will be ever-lasting. I feel like my buyers would want that and expect that as well.
When it came time to choose the next medium to explore, I remembered that I had a HUGE inventory of small wood panels left from my time as a painter. I loved working on wood panels so much and I thought wouldn’t it be nice to use materials I already have? Yes, please!
Then I remembered a friend of mine from years ago, Lauren Gray, chose Pyrography as her medium. I loved her work and while she was a very realistic artist, I loved the idea of woodburning. Obviously, my drawing style is not realistic, but I knew that I could find a way to adapt woodburning to my more graphic style. I LOVE how she incorporates white paint into her work to really set off the darks within the burn.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF LAUREN GRAYS WORK
I would include a link to her website & shop, but she must be taking a break from fine art, as I could not find her current links.
So, I decided to give woodburning a try and I really enjoy it. I am also incorporating the whites into my work, but I am going with a more graphic almost block printing look for my drawings, so I have decided to utilize the white within the background and keep the figures full woodgrain. I might use other pastels like pink & seafoam instead of white to mix it up a bit, but I do like the monochromatic look of the wood/brown/white.
Here is a couple of my first pieces. They are 6″ square panels featuring faces as I thought practicing the face was the most important. These are all 6″ crops of larger compositions that I will complete later as I wanted to practice and learn on smaller pieces first.
And here is the full drawing for the piece above:
And finally, here is the piece that I tested with paint. I have a white wash on LEFT and full-coverage on the RIGHT. I feel like the full-coverage offers the most contrast so that is probably what I will move forward with, but I wanted to try the wash to see how it looked.
I also mucked up the hair a bit on the one above, but I learned from it and tested the paint on it, so I figured that I would share it anyway.
I hope that you enjoy the pieces. I will share more about my process in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I am going to keep practicing and moving on to a little bit bigger of pieces. My paintings used to 20″ x 20″ and up. These pieces will be mainly 12″ x 16″ up to 16″ x 20″ at the largest. Again, my new studio is very small so I have to work small to allow for storage. Luckily, woodburning tools are super small and only using one color of paint allows to have only one tube and a tiny water cup. It works well on one long desk!