Coloring Your Burn-art

Most burn-artists (or “pyros,” as we enjoy calling ourselves) are attracted to all gradations of brown hidden within the wood, awaiting to be revealed by our burning pens — everything from soft beige to near midnight black. But for the sake of variety we’re often drawn to color. We shouldn’t consider this “acquiescing” to peer…

Theology of Art

Art and faith have always been partners, and they always will as people across the globe use creativity to express the divine. Some of the most stunning artwork in history is on ancient scrolls and inner walls of Egyptian pyramids, artistically leading the souls of pharaohs safely to the spiritual realm under the watchful eyes of…

Cheap Burning for Beginning Pyros

One of the beauties of taking up burn-art (pyrography) is the low cost of jumping in. After all, the entire process comes down to just heat and wood (or whatever you’re burning). A simple burning pen can be as low as $15 – $30. And for a few extra supplies, take a trip to your nearest…

The Other Bob Weir

 I had the pleasure of meeting the famous Bob Weir at Knott’s Berry Farm. No – not this Bob Weir. But this Bob Weir, who has been featured in Wild Fowl Carving magazine and the LA Times for his skills in carving waterfowl. More recently, Bob has achieved even greater notoriety for his expert restoration of famous models of historic California missions that had…

The Green Man

The “green man” motif has been around for a long time, with countless versions. I don’t know his origin (no one does), but I suspect it has to do with our natural love of nature, and feeling at home in our natural world. You’ll find different versions of him carved in medieval churches and other centuries-old…

An Artistic Stroll

My wife and I had the blessing of visiting Oregon’s Fort Clatsop Park during their annual art walk.  Every turn and pathway revealed bright colors and imaginative displays in unexpected places, merging into a surreal landscape of art and nature. Giant mushrooms in vibrant hues burst from the damp earth, and translucent sculptures dripped like colored leaves…

I’ve joined a new gallery

Artists and craftspeople have continued to create. Not even a global pandemic can stop the artistic spirit. So there is no “bad time” to open a new art gallery. And that just happened in Stayton, Oregon, nestled in the beautiful Santiam Canyon, just twelve miles southeast of Salem. Nathaniel Brown has been wanting to open…