Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Gourd Art #107

Today's post is of a new Gourd Art I just finished, it is a full 3/8" thick after cleaning and sanding and stands 15 1/2" tall and is 8 1/2" wide.

I followed my "Creative Voice" from the gourd telling me what it should be, and this is what the result is, a Navajo woman making a pot to put some of the harvest in during the "Harvest Moon" you see over her head.

The "Harvest Moon" is cut from Iridescent Mother of Pearl and inlaid into the gourd, ground and sanded flush with the gourds surface and polished.

I also cut 6 star shapes out of Turquoise and inlaid them into the gourd,ground and sanded flush with the gourd and polished, then a boarder drawn on and wood burned in and filled with Brown leather dye.

The back side of the gourd is a young Native man with his fire and seeing a Thunder bird rising from the fire. The Thunder bird I made by cutting 8 pieces of Turquoise and inlaying them,sanding and flushing to the gourd and polishing.

I used a very light yellow inside the gourd to light it up a little, and with the top off it appears as if a nice warm fire was burning within to light the evening.

All designs are first drawn on with pencil, then wood burned into the gourd and color added with leather dyes and some paint, even the boarders are wood burned in and colored with leather dyes.

You may click on any of the photographs to enlarge for a better view.

Front View of the Gourd Art

Front view with top off

Close up of the Navajo Woman


Back side of Gourd with Native man and Thunder Bird



Close up of Thunder Bird made of Turquoise


Close up of one of the 6 Turquoise Stars on the top
Note: Several of the Turquoise Stars have flecks of Gold in the Turquoise.






8 comments:

~Cheryl said...

Your gourds are magnificent with such detail! It's a lot of work...I have a friend who works with gourds: http://denistonpeavler.bravehost.com/

Elisabeth said...

You've done it again...^5!

Judith HeartSong said...

Oh well done!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Beautiful art.

Rebecca Anne said...

Wow, absolutely beautiful. I love the cut out and details. You are so very talented. I fear if I could make such things I'd never want to part with them~

Dina said...

Shalom Eaglebrother. This is such a wonderful piece of art. Thanks for explaining its creation.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Your work is beautiful and highly skilled. I find it very moving and well understand that you created it after following your Creative Voice.
Janice.

cieldequimper said...

Wow. I'm very impressed, these are art indeed.