Marty's Gourd Dustwww.ArtPal.com/martysgourddust
I am a retired RN who has returned to her first love ART.
In 2007 I relocated from Texas to Colorado and of course, fell in love with the mountains, wildlife, rivers, lakes and the unending beauty of the scenery. I was inspired to make my art out of something natural and beautiful. Since I am not an accomplished painter, the painters canvas and oils wasn't for me.
About 7 years ago I discovered the variety of ways a gourd could be used in artwork, from crafts to fine art.
Each piece requires a lot of time, work and concentration. The hard, slick, round "canvas" has to be prepared to accept the artwork. One item sometimes takes weeks to complete.
The planing, designing, cleaning, wood burning, carving painting or dying, attaching of embellishments and/or stones is a long process. The resulting "jewel" is truly amazing.
There are more than 1000 species of gourds. They are from the same family as the pumpkin, squash, melon and cucumber.
The Lagenaria Siceraria green gourd or hardshell gourd is the one most often used in gourd art.
When finished, I prefer that my piece of artwork still actually looks like a gourd with its natural markings.
That is why I prefer transparent ink dyes or transparent acrylics in adding color to my gourd art.
I have said many times "no two gourd art pieces ever turn out exactly the same...even if I try". That is due mostly to the individual characteristics of each gourd.
Every piece is truly one of a kind, even if it was done with a similar pattern.
Most (not all) of the pieces shown here are either sold or gifted but I can recreate something similar upon request. That would result in a custom piece just for you. It generally takes a couple weeks start to finish if I already have all the right materials. Let me know. I would love to make you one.