Boca Grande Lighthouse with Manatee's

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Project by Cookie posted 01-27-2011 09:21 PM 1811 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pyrography using photos I took on a Florida trip a few years ago. I decided to take pictures of the different stages of completion as I went along. I took more than 6 pictures, but could only fit 6 pictures in this entry. Since some of you may be wondering how to plan a picture out, so I added information that might help get someone else started in creating their own scene. I plan a light sketch of the entire picture with approximate placement of all aspects of the picture. I blocked copies of photos, and blocked space on the board where the picture would be drawn, to make sure the lighthouse and Manatees were sized correctly. Then sketched each block according to cooresponding block on photo. This technique will always give you the correct sizing. Once it was drawn, I started burning each section, using a fine tip. This picture actually took me 6 days to complete, only spending a couple of hours each day working on it. I touched it up with Acrylic paint for highlights, then sealed with several coats of Polycrylic. The Boca Grande Lighthouse is on Gasparilla Island at the State Park. The Manatees were photographed on a seperate trip to Hommosassa Springs and Crystal Riiver Fl. The piece measures 11” x 17 1/4” and is done on Red Cedar. I have completed a Tutorial using all my pictures and explanation for this piece. I am going to try to submit the article to an interested magazine.

-- Doris Oakwood Ga

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 10:53 PM

Really nice work!

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 11:26 PM

Thank you for sharing some of the pictures before it was finished. Very interesting :)

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 12:12 AM

Hi Doris;

Your work is really incredible!!!



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 12:18 AM

It’s beautiful and authentic. I’ve been to the lighthouse at Boca Grande, and have actually sailed past it many times. Lotsa Tarpn and huge Hammerhead sharks there also.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 12:32 AM

Wow!!! They just keep getting better!!! Thanks for letting us all see these incredible works you do.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 12:47 AM

AWESOME as always!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#7 posted 01-28-2011 03:46 AM

So beautiful! your work is lovely!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 01-28-2011 01:39 PM

Crystal River is in my neck of the woods. The manatees are in now and it’s so neat to see them. Great work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 01-28-2011 09:31 PM

This is too funny – I’ve been to this light house many times and there’s a photo of my dad and I taken when i was a teenager. you’ve captured the lighthouse perfectly

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 01:02 AM

wow wow wow!!!!

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 07:25 PM

Very unique style of wood burning. very nice.

-- Have a great day.

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 11:01 PM

Thank you for the nice comments, they are very encouraging.

-- Doris Oakwood Ga

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