Bumpy Gourds Mark Change

I have the house all to myself today!  The kids are at school and I don’t have to work.  Ahhh, the life.  I do however have a Mt. Everest of laundry piled in the basement.  No one has any matching socks and lets just say I need to load and unload the dishwasher… At least twice.  But I’ll crank some old school Metallica or White Stripes and motivate through it.  A little Jack White always helps with the chores.

I get to begin another drawing class adventure.  I’m enrolled in Kathy Boldt’s Combination Drawing course which continues exploring tonal (pencil) drawing and adds color pencil theory.  My first class is tonight and I’m quite thrilled to delve into this difficult subject again.  Drawing realistically is a challenge that I can only do in the evenings after the kiddos are in bed.  It requires uninterrupted peace and quiet.

I found a darling little bumpy gourd in my garden and thought that attempting to draw it would be quite seasonally appropriate.  After three solid hours and much erasing, here is my rendition of said little bumpy gourd:


I didn’t actually use any real color theory here.  I just drew in pencil first and then colored in with a few colored pencils.  Nothing magical, but I am pleased with the bumpiness.  While drawing this little guy, I have a new found appreciation for gourds.  They are really something else.  Their shapes and colors are quite amazing.  They are remarkably tough and have great underlying symmetry.  Did you know there are gourd lovers all over the world?  There is even a few societies of gourd enthusiasts out there.  I found one here www.americangourdsociety.org.  The gourd in my garden grew there unexpectedly.  I did not plant it.  To me it is a symbol of impending change.  Winter is coming and there is nothing I can do about it.  I love fall but winter leaves me a little nonplussed.  Maybe I can draw my way through it…

Anyway, for this class, we must also learn color theory. I am beginning to attempt some complimentary color wheels such as the one below:


They are rather labor intensive but a necessary learning tool.  Well, I’m off to rock the housework.  Wish me luck!



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  1. Your gourd is just gourdgeous, Mandy! Sorry… could not resist. It is very well done. And the color wheel is impressive. this will be such a useful tool for you.
    I like Prince for toilet cleaning, but Metallica and White Stripes would work for me too.

  2. that sounds like fun. Your gourd looks good! I’m sure you will learn a lot with this class, too. Good luck!

  3. With such beautiful drawings as your gourd, I am sure you can draw your way through winter. All 6 months of it…

  4. I’m no stranger to the Himalayan ironing pile too, but I find that unless it’s actually shouting obscenities at me, or creeping up to the front door, I can pretty happily ignore it. Go draw – nobody gets to the end of their life and wishes they’d spent more time ironing…

    Love the gourd.

  5. I hope we actually get winter this year, after last year’s disappointing season :-) I don’t care if it snows or not, but I cannot wait for it to get cold–it always goes by too fast for me! And summer drags endlessly on and on. UGH! I am glad you will have the drawing and the color theory to work on–I have found that it always helps me to have something to focus on–this is what gets me through the hell of summer. Love the gourd drawing! I have a friend in Oregon who used to paint gourds of all shapes. I think she has now moved on to paper casting or something like that–carving things with toothpicks!! She also does (or at least did) lots of graphite drawing–very detailed. I love to see how creativity takes people in all different directions!

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