I know it sounds absolutely insane to say that gourds tell us what they want to be – but, honestly, it does seem to happen. This particular gourd I had started working on was going to be something completely different, it sat in my studio for at least two years partially completed until a few weeks ago when I suddenly realized there was a Humpty Dumpty begging to appear ! Once I started sculpting the face with paper clay – Humpty Dumpty took shape. His arms and legs are fabric sculpted, painted with gesso and a stiffening medium. His entire body, the gourd and limbs were covered with a texture medium which gives, especially on the gourd, an eggshell like surface. He was painted with acrylic paint and sealed with varnish. The “wall” is actually a block of wood that I painted with faux bricks. So much fun to create this guy – now I can’t decide if I should take him to the gallery or just hold on to him for a little while ….
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