Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gourds.......again?



I have been asked what I do with my gourds after they have cured. I tried to capture the witch I carved in this one, but it does not photograph well. Maybe if you squint while you look? Just kidding. I carved the hole in the back instead of the bottom, so the light doesnt shine quite the way I had intended. I will do it differently next time. Oh, and no candles, these gourds are very flamable.




This gourd in the picture below may or may not cure. It has an odd shape and it doesn't have a hollow sound when I thump it. It has a "heavy" feel to it, even though it is a lot smaller than the others.



I like this tall one, I think I will try to paint an ethnic doll when it is dry. Very exotic........





I like this trio of ........ snowmen...... the three bears? Don't know yet, I just like them, they have character.



This years harvest is light, only 12. But that is pretty good considering these plants were all volunteers from seeds falling on the ground from two years ago. I tried planting last year, but the early rains wiped them out. Since this spring was also rainy I decided to skip the planting. Nice surprise.








14 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice. i like all the cool shapes...bet you can do some fun things once they are cured!

Nancy said...

I really like your gourds, and I envy you the gardens you can grow. We have such a short growing season at this altitude, and we live in the trees. Not much food stuffs grow, unfortunately. I can see your creativity kicking into gear as you look at these little dears.

Rae said...

I've never seen a carving in a gourd before - just the normal bird hole. It's a great idea.

Oh My Goddess said...

Oh my gourdness, they look like aliens!

scarlethue said...

I like the snowmen idea! You could sew them some cute little hats or scarves. Maybe I should try some gourds-- we're going to try to put in a real garden in the spring.

ellen abbott said...

Never seen these type of gourds before.

Carol said...

Just a thought, try a photo of the witch gourd with light on INSIDE, but in a dark room??? No flash.

Do you happen to know what KIND of gourds they are?? They really are interesting, and spark imagination for the artist.

otin said...

People say that I am out of my gourd, sometimes! haha!

Kathy G said...

The last picture looks like the whole extended Gourd family!

Pat said...

Man - your talents are just unlimited, girl! The witch came out so cool!

I love the idea of 3 snowmen! Of course, I AM partial to snowmen. :)

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

I had never heard of these until I just read your blog! Amazing things. I looked them up on the net before coming back to comment. Well, my education has been yet again expanded from readin a blog!

You seem to be quite a creative girl.

The Good Cook said...

Beautiful gourds. Isn't nature amazing? Seeds that lay in the ground for 2 years... then surprise!

Life finds a way...

Meggie said...

I love them!

Sunny said...

I love gourds and your collection are really nice.
I have a couple of gooseneck gourds that took forever to dry out, I don't have the best luck with them.
Sunny :)