If you are a fan of gourd arts and crafts, or just want to see original gourd art creations that feature the use of various techniques gourd carving, weaving, painting, and pyro engraving, I hope you enjoy your visit!!
I specialize in Native American themes, though you will find other types of gourds that are western, nature, and seasonal.
Gourd art involves creating works of art using hard-shell gourds as an art medium. Gourd surfaces may be carved, painted, sanded, burned, dyed, and polished. Typically, a harvested gourd is left to dry over a period of months before the woody surface is suitable for decorating.
Gourd decoration, including pyrography, is an ancient tradition in Africa and Asia as well as among the indigenous peoples of the Americas, notably the central highland people of Peru, the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo nations of the American Southwest, and the Nuxálk and Haida nations of British Columbia. Gourd crafting and painting has evolved from early hand carvings to the modern day use, by some, of electric wood burners and high-speed pen-shaped rotary tools that can be used to inscribe almost any design.
A wide variety of gourd shapes and sizes yields an array of art pieces, including: ornaments, bowls, sculpture, vases, and wall art such as masks. Artistic styles can range from craft to fine art.
A short time ago I discovered gourd painting. I knew nothing about gourd art, but loved gourds. They are beautiful. They are often so perfect in their natural state, it is impossible to improve on them with any human touches. I am totally addicted and have to do this.
Look at my latest gourds and watch for newer ones that are added. I hope you will like my gourds but whether you do or don't, I will forever love working with them.
I have doodled and used a pen and ink most of my life. Some of my early drawings are pretty 'basic', if you will. I began my art interest as an Art Major, but circumstances changed and I went into Nursing, still painting and having an interest in my art work. The inner artistic urges never seem to leave one.
I am a retired Registered Nurse, frustrated Artist, having not a lot of time in my life to pursue my love of art. Now that I am older and live in the country, I am getting there. My studio is a little red house out back. It looks out into the yard with giant trees and birds and critters. A perfectly serene setting for an artist to create and work. I have not reached the point of perfection, but who does?! Art is about creating and loving what we do, so not to worry.
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KATIE SMITH GALVIN
OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTING
GOURD ARTS & CRAFTS