Spring. Soil. Dark. Rain. Sunshine. Sprout. Blue. Photosynthesis. Roots. Taller. Trellis. Bloom. Tiny . Bigger. Bigger. Tougher. Dry. Cloudy. Cooler. Mold. Cure. Hard. Rattle. Craftsman. Artist! *
That’s my story. As one of many gourd seeds sittin in a Wal-Mart display, I never even dreamed of what I might become.. Perfectly happy where I was, I dreaded the thoughts of lying in the mud in a pouring rain. “Sprouting” sounded painful…..too much “unknown” in this growin’ thing !
But, thanks to the mighty hand of God,….things went well. And after all the growing and drying (and some adjustments made by my ole buddy Hugh) I hope you’ll like what I turned out to be!
Gourdin A Long
About the artist: My gourds and I started getting together about eight years ago. I had been painting oil portraits and various other more “mainstream” works for a while……but also became interested in the “natural canvas” of the gourd. I find them so very intriguing…..never knowing what they might turn out to be! So very practical to our forefathers….and so predisposed to beauty and creativity in the art realm!
As a musician, I am also drawn to their natural utility as the basis for stringed instruments. Here you can see two of the instruments. One is a dulcimer. (the “dulcigourd” …….a friend says it looks like a Viking aircraft carrier!) The other I call the “GitGourd”…. It is a guitar made from two large gourds. (The fretboards were crafted by my wonderfully skilled friend Jim.)
There are also photos of other various creations made into whatever the gourd “suggested “.
I hope you will enjoy viewing my work!
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