Archive for pyrography

Scott Marr, Pyrography Artist

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by scratchyb

Two weeks ago I was writing about pyrography artists working in an unconventional way.  Recently I discovered Scott Marr, an Australian artist who does some interesting work blending natural pigments with pyrography.

Coming up Friday night, the 50/50 Pilsen art show.  This is the second portion of the 50/50 Pilsen show, which explores and blurs the boundary between art and craft.  I’m working on the finishing touches for a number of pieces I’ve been preparing this summer.

Pyrography Artist Blair Mclean

Posted in Art, Process, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by scratchyb

Yesterday I talked about the dearth of pyrographers kicking it up a notch to create a higher art.  I found this guy Blair Mclean on YouTube and thought I’d point out his work as an example of the concept that I strive for.  He does some incredible straight-line images of architecture and landscapes that kind of put me in mind of art deco and Peter Kuper.  Instead of traditional burners, he uses a torch and metal straight edges.  This is awesome stuff, check out these videos of his process.

Crafty Art

Posted in Art, Process, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by scratchyb

I’m counting the days down until the craft fair portion of 50/50 Pilsen, and thinking a little bit about where craft and art meet.  Art almost always involves a degree of craftsmanship, unless it’s purely conceptual. The work I’ve been doing recently involves a medium that puts most people in mind of boy scouts, grandparents, and kitschy outdoor country scenes.  Pyrography doesn’t have the popularity of, say, screenprinting, and it is far more time-consuming without the possibility of mass-production. But there’s a lot of possibility in the medium, because of the range of possible markings, from fine-detail to thicker, deeper burns.

Since the theme of this show is where art meets craft, I’ve been exploring the craftier elements of my woodburning, but really, I’m far more interested in how to incorporate this craft into paintings and drawings. Now, plenty of people consider pyrography a serious art, and so do I, but does it get the same respect as painting or sculpture? This past spring I was at the Art Chicago show at Merchandise Mart, and saw one example of pyrography. I’ve found a few cool woodburn artists trolling around the web, but ultimately, where I draw the line is whether someone is creating original subject matter with a discernible style. I’ll be interested in hearing some of the comments of the Pilsen arts community, because at this show I’ll be focusing almost exclusively on woodburn art.

We’ll see what we’ll see.

50/50 Pilsen Sneak Preview

Posted in Art, Painting, Projects, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by scratchyb

The Snail Seller

 

Medusa

 

The big show coming up for me in October is 50/50 Pilsen, which Mandy and friends are putting together.  Last year’s show was a huge success, and we’re hoping to build up excitement for this one.  While I’ve a few ideas for the craft portion of the show, what I’ve really been focusing on is a body of work for the art opening on Friday, October 14th. These two pieces are mixed media: woodburn on basswood and birch panels, with gauche and pencil.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Constructor Craft Fair July 9th

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by scratchyb

This post is waaaay late, but I have good excuses, what with a storm that blew out our power for36 hours, stomach flu, family matters, and an impromptu trip to Holland.  Holland, Michigan, that is.

So the Constructor Craft Fair happened at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn on Saturday July 9th, and it was just as much fun as last year.

Photo of setup at Constructor Craft Fair

I debuted a few new pieces there. These are a few of the new items. They’ll be appearing in my Etsy shop soon.

Piasa Bird woodburned box

 

Photo of woodburned box "Theseus and Minotaur"

Photo of art "Scorchwood"

 

Photo of art "ForkTongue"

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Something for the heat

Posted in Art, Painting, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by scratchyb

In my house, with the AC on, it’s 82 degrees.  And I’m grateful for even that.  So here’s a little piece for our friend the sun.  Please keep your flares to yourself.

Good Day Sunshine woodburn painting

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

A new WIP

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by scratchyb

Woodburn artwork in progress

I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing with the center portion.  I’ve got a few ideas, we’ll see what works best.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Thrillist writeup and other updates

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by scratchyb

I got a little write-up in Thrillist recently.  That was cool to see, and I’ve noticed some increased traffic to my Etsy shop.

Speaking of which, I’ve posted a couple of new wood-burn and acrylic pieces on Etsy.  I’m trying to get a group of these smaller paintings out there before I start work on some of the larger ideas I have, since I already know those are going to be more involved.

Skull Priest started out as a design for a linocut, and then was turned into this woodburn.  I’m basically fulfilling my need to mess with Aztec and Mayan influences here.

Siblings was going to be more of the Aztec influence, but I’m seeing a lot more Wild Thing here.  What do you think?

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

A New Piece on Etsy

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2011 by scratchyb

Here’s a little Trilobite for you, just posted on my Etsy store.

Photo of Trilobite woodburn painting

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Citadels burning

Posted in Art, Projects, Technique with tags , , , , , , on November 24, 2010 by scratchyb

I’m embarking on a new body of work that reflects the growing interest I have in wood-burning without sinking into kitsch.  Most of the pieces I have planned out will be figurative, although I’d like to try experimenting with what wood-burning can do in a more expressive, abstract form.  While the appearance of the medium lends itself to a meticulously realistic approach, the very nature of working with heat and wood allows for accidents that have the potential to be aesthetic works in their own right.  But abstract isn’t generally my thing, so for now I’ll stick with the figurative, such as the recently finished piece I’ve called “Citadels.”

This was done with a combination of pyrography, ink, and guache.

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010