Monday, April 28, 2014

APRIL 2014

Preparing for the Indiana Gourd Show

We've been travelling the East this winter (China, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia),  and haven't been doing a lot on gourds.  Gary has been working off and on and has created two new sculptures from gourds, as well as carving a couple of walking sticks.

Admiral Gourdley
Gary was inspired by the gourd sculptures done by Sherry Benedict and thought he'd try one of his own.  It doesn't have the lightness and whimsey of her work, but it's pretty impressive on it's own merit. 
The Admiral is quite large.  He stands 22 inches tall and almost as wide.  He is made from a gourd
Admiral Gourdley                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
base, but it's hard to tell from the finished product.

Here is the base, made with banana gourds and small Martin house gourds. The head and pantaloons are egg gourds.   The base is padded out with paper mache and then covered with Apoxie Sculpt.                      
The face, collar and pantaloons are shaped with Apoxie Sculpt
Paper Mache is used as filler      

The hat is added, as well as banana gourds for the arms

Here he is ready to be painted.
Back view showing the braided trim and ruffled coat


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