Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday - Gecko on Barrel Cactus


The Rogue Speaks:

I have worked with gourds for several years, and find them to be a very interesting base for whimsical pieces. This piece took many hours to cut and paint, but I was very happy with the results. It never occurred to me that in this arid climate, the gourd would continue to dry out, distorting the cut-out to the point where it no longer fits snugly on the base. I never intend to sell this piece, however, and it sits among my collection of carved Oxacan figures that I have collected over the years.

Not all the gourds I carve are whimsical. Below is a carved piece that contains copper and jade.



I wish I could settle on ONE medium on which to concentrate, but I just can't! Art is so much fun, don't you think??

Please visit the other offerings at dt haase's Whimsical Wednesday. Whimsy comes to us in so many forms!!!

23 comments:

Karen S. said...

Oh Judie this is cool, and it's given me some Halloween ideas for later. I planted some Dragon gourds that's I'm excited about...the plant is growing but not so sure yet what will be the end result...it may get in a post! This is an awesome whimsical piece, very nicely done! thanks for the song too!

Karen S. said...

Oh yeah, I'll get my Whimsy piece in a little while...not quite finished with it yet! ;)

JIM said...

I love them both especially the first one!! Art is fun and demanding lol Like a great marriage!!

http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/09/photographing-nature-in-our-yard.html

askcherlock said...

These are both so unique and beautiful, my sister. You are tremendously talented and the whimsy in you is inspiring!

dthaase said...

these are awesome - so glad to have the gecko added to the whimsy - great post!

Jo said...

oh why settle on one medium ... wouldn't that be like walking up to a buffet created by the magic of faeries and only choosing the carrot sticks ... just create, create, create!!!!
i do love both of your pieces!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Judie, these are spectacular, my friend!!! I know what you mean about mediums...It's interesting because we just can't help doing all this awesomeness called "art!"

These are TRUE beauties!!!
XO
Cindy

bluzdude said...

Geez, do your artistic talents know no bounds? Amazing!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Judie ~ your artistic creation is delightful! Awesome ~ namaste, Carol (artmusedog) Share the Creative Journey

Ames said...

You are soooh talented! I really like the whimsy in the first piece and richness of the second. ~Ames

EG Wow said...

You are so wonderfully creative! And your work is excellent.

Vicki/Jake said...

GRRR....I wrote something, pushed 'post comment' and headed back to mine, realizing too late that I have to do the $%#@& word veri crap thingy!!! Sorry Judie, not everyone has that anymore and I'm not use to it....I'll try again in the morning. Let's see if I remember to w.a.i.t.....

myorii said...

This is pretty cool! So I imagine you hollow out the gourd and dry it out first before painting on them? I'm just wondering since you mentioned the gourd continued to distort. I do love that second one! I could hardly tell that it was once a gourd :)

☆☆Mumsy said...

Both pieces are fantastic, Judie! They look beautiful, colorful, and whimsical indeed.

Sarah said...

They are fantastic art works. I love how you arranged the handle into a tail. Great imagination and talent!

Nonna Beach said...

That is beautiful Judi ! I haven't got an ounce of artistic talent but I love seeing works of art by my friends...awesome !!!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

The gourd with the copper and jade is stunning!!! I also like the gecko. it is difficult to settle on one medium. During our rainy winters when I'm somewhat housebound I make jewelry, pottery and collage. Fun!

Angelia Sims said...

Incredible! You are such a talent. I love the first one, it really pops. But the second is very pleasing to the eye. I wish I could do stuff like this!

Annesphamily said...

Judie you are one talented lady! I love to see art expressed in so many different ways.

Jenny said...

Why settle when you are amazing at so many things? How neat!

craftydvl said...

Hiya, found you through Web of Whimsy and your lovely comment on my page! Thank you so much-- I'm thrilled to find your blog! Such great stuff, and your carving work is amazing. Both are beautiful, although the Gecko is my favorite. Great shapes, colors, and character design on that little guy (-: Nice to meet you and keep up your wonderful works! I've got to go look through all of the wondrous and whimsical stuff on @DTHasse's great monthly challenge.

Joni Nickrent said...

This is awesome...LOVE the colors and the creative palette! PopArtMinis

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