About a year ago, I became interested
in gourd art. An artist in my carving club showed me some of her
work, and I was just blown away. She has since taught me some of her
techniques. These techniques are not particularly easy to learn.
The color mixing process consists of white
glue to which you add acrylic paint. Not pouring one into another and
mixing, but by gradual adding and swirling. The technique can be
learned, but it can't be taught. I made several ugly messes before I
finally caught on. She also taught me how to apply copper wire to add a
different dimension to a gourd. This was another adventure. I messed up
the pattern twice before she held my hand and walked me through it.
There was an "AHA!" moment when I finally saw how it worked.
The work of my mentor is dainty, formal, and very precise. Mine is bold
and colorful, and a little abstract. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta
My thought here was an ocean grotto with
the blue being the sea, the shell reinforcing that, some copper pebbles
as sand. The same copper pebbles around the edge reflect the sand in the
The base is close in color to the interior.
It was turned and then painted. I like for my gourds to have a little
visual surprise inside. That's the function of the shell.
The shell can be removed so the piece can have 2 different looks.
The shell was painted to go with the interior, and when it is inside
the gourd, the reflected color of the interior seems to make the
shell look the same.