All sculptural artists have a “stash”. Whether it’s stone, wood, found objects or recycled materials, we all have studios bursting with “potential artwork” in every corner. My stash is mostly gourds. Gourds of all shapes and sizes, not to mention pieces left over from past projects. The thing about my gourd stash is this: I can never have too many gourds. And I rarely have enough room to store them all.
Fall is the time of the year when farmer’s markets are filled with deliciously vibrant ornamental gourds, feeding my addiction for more “sculptural materials”. I just can’t help rummaging through the bins at Gardenworks, marvelling at all the patterns and textures and funky shapes. It sets my creative mind whirring and before I know it, I’m elbowing other women in order to snatch that perfect addition to my stash.
On my most recent visit, I came across a gourd that had such a unique color for its shape, I just had to take a picture:
And then I found THIS…….
Whoa! What the heck…….?
Now I’m on a mission!
They’re like snowflakes – no two are alike.
I want to take them all home!
I always wish they’d keep their colors as they dry, but they don’t.
Some are edible…….
Others I’m not sure…….
But they’re all pure visual eye-candy!
I had to restrain myself and only choose what I thought I could use in my work. So here are the new additions to my “stash”.
Now I’m off to find a good cider donut…….