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.
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
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|