"Melissa, I know I have already said it, but I just love this piece! I keep coming back to it. I would never be able to part with it! Congrats on the BOS and I hope you get the people's choice also. It sure has my vote."
Linda, I would love to see what you are doing. If you can, send me photos to my personal mail .... firstname.lastname@example.org (note the 2 'm's) ..... Sounds like you are doing some mass producing. UGH! ............ Hellen
I had a ball doing holiday stuff .... less stressful and more smiles/laughs. ;o) I really miss doing my old world santas. Hubby thinks I should do a few and probably will when I have some time .......... Hellen
I love your egg gourds and the animals you have painted, I hope you do not mind me asking, is your paintings done with a gesso under painting? I grew up in Akron Ohio, BTW. I wonder if you can grow gourds in Ohio, I grew them in Florida once, just very small ones. People grow them here in NM but I do not want spend the time and money to water them here. Happy gourding, Aleada
I am getting used to the west and it's different very colors and foliage because I have lived in Florida for 30 years. Have you tried putting gesso on the gourds? The natural gourd color is often so lovely but not always. Aleada
Linda, don't worry yourself about not commenting. I'm just thrilled that you are doing so much better!!! You sound like your happy and finally able to do what you love. That alone means a lot to me. Good luck at ALL your shows. Please don't over do!!! ...... Hellen
Wow Linda no problem I sure hope you are on the mend. I know how healing art can be and I just pray you are able to get going with your art, blessings to you on your path to healing, Aleada PS I have been painting out and collecting the buffalo gourds as I see them
Thank you, Linda. I go to a chain store called Tuesday Morning to find interesting paper napkins for the decoupage. I learned the beading from Marla Helton, an Indiana Gourd Soc. member. She was instrumental in getting me into this crazy art form.
Mahalo, Linda! For relief carving, the Welburn gourds are fine, but the challenge was finding ones thin enough for cut-out and filigree carving. The ones I was able to grow here had such thin shells that they broke if you looked at them (too much rain here in the jungle). I really like your wolf howling at the moon - your animals are great!
yes Linda that carved cannonball is on a fresh harvested green gourd, it is RIPE< but the skin needs to be green, not molding.
Then I cut the opening and filled it with my liquid dye mixture to the top, topping it off each day as it "sucks" the liquid. It should take about 3 weeks to finish, by that time the green skin will have become moldy . It is then emptied out, and the mol scrubbed off to reveal the design underneath.