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Painter

I got Corel Painter 2017 for Christmas, but have not been able to use it until today. It has been a lot of fun to play around with. I have only scratched the surface of the program’s capabilities. I am really looking forward to learning the ins and outs. For now, I’ll give you a preview of what I’ve done so far…

Forest_CKester

Cheers

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The Making of a Bowl

I often get asked how long it takes me to finish a piece. It really depends on the design and the method I am using, but pyrography is a time-consuming craft. It takes a steady hand and a lot of patience. With a normal day job and a young child, it takes longer.

Take this bowl for example

I have been working on it, when my schedule allows, since the end of last year. It is a large bowl, 15 inches. It took me probably 2 hours just to draw the inside of the bowl and 1.5 hours to draw the design on the outside of the bowl. After drawing in pencil, I go over my lines with my pyrography tool. for most lines I use a writing tip.

This goes quicker than the original drawing, but it still takes a while. All together it was probably 1-2 hours. Next, I make adjustments to the lines, making some thicker than others. Then comes the really time-consuming part. Shading. It involves burning layer by layer. To avoid burning to deep or getting an undesired darkness, I keep the temp fairly low and just build up the burn.

I have put in another 6 hours of shading and I am nearly done with all of the inside designs. I still have the knotwork on the outside to shade, so there is probably another 6-8 hours of work left to do.  But because my larger pieces are slower sales, I have to find time between working on magnets, tiles, and pendants.  Here’s my current progress –

Wood Pendant Preview

A friend cut down a small oak and gave me some of the wood. I am planning to do a whole bunch of pendants and maybe rune stones with the wood.  Here’s a preview of the first two –

copyright 2011 Christina Kester

I am still deciding how I want to finish them and how I want to handle the cord (bead or no bead). I may be drilling a larger hole so I can hang them differently. I’m looking to sell these around the $7 to $15 range (depending on the design).

The Letter A

The first of my celtic alphabet paintings is done!

copyright Christina Kester 2009

It is acrylic on wood, approximately 6 by 6 inches. The letter and a few other elements are in gold paint, which does not scan or photograph very well.

Inspiration 9-9-09

Trees. They are so varied and interesting.

Take these photos of bark. The first is from a pine tree in Rocky Mountain National Park, the second is from a poplar in a friend’s back yard.

Pine Bark

Poplar Bark

I love the color and shapes of the pine tree bark. The poplar has some great texture.

I’ve discovered that when I am in a slump creativity-wise, perhaps a block, drawing trees gets me back in the groove.

So go draw, and maybe hug, a tree 🙂