Cowboy Flourishes

Pyrography on Pine, 7 x 5
I love burning knots and patterns and flourishes. Western culture and fashion feature them prominently and I’ve found that on various commissioned projects they’re always a welcome touch.

The central composition of this wood burning actually was the quickest part to finish. Working from photo reference on a smallish surface I find the most difficult decision is often deciding what not to burn.

Making the patterns and etching on the edges can be a time consuming pyrographic process, but also therapeutic. I’ve spent hours and hours patiently notching in marks and twisting in flourishes, usually with music or an interesting documentary on as background accompaniment.

 

About Chris Wulff

I like to make pictures. Sometimes they move across the screen, sometimes they move you. I draw with fire on wood, with my finger on a phone, with a keyboard and fancy filters and sometimes even with a pencil on paper. I use a camera to capture what I see and my imagination to capture what I can't see.

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