The Consolation Gourd Vase
Sweet bears sharing a caring moment touching noses. The expressions on the bears are meant to think of compassion and love, as if the one bear is consoling the other.
They are surrounded by flowers, honeycomb and honey bees. I added subtle coloring int he flowers, and the honey comb is finished with gold (imitation) metal leaf and metallic pigment powder.
Size is 8" tall by 7 1/2" wide
This art is made from a real, natural gourd. Be sure to see the photo of a gourd growing in the garden before it is dried for artistic use. Once dried it will last as long as a piece of wood.
Please display away from direct sunlight. UV protectant sealer is applied to help prevent this, but it should be treated like any piece of valuable art. Not designed to hold water.
Each gourd is planned, researched, sketched, designed extensively before even beginning the piece.
To prepare, I clean and sand the gourd; the insides are coated with a protective layer of paint.
Then I freehand draw my original designs directly onto the gourd; then I use a woodburning pen to illustrate (pyrography) the image on the gourd.
I use mixed media to color the gourds.
For more information about the process of my art, visit this webpage.