Great Blue Heron Bowl
The Great Blue Heron is truly a magnificent bird. There are many I am able to observe at a nearby lake. This gourd has a portrait of a great blue heron on the one side and a scene of the heron on the opposite side. The sides of the gourd have been carved with trout, one of the heron's favorite meals!
6 1/2" high x 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.