My dad, the artist


I didn’t know this growing up, but my dad is an artist. I wasn’t surprised when my dad started growing the gourds. When a child, we had a large garden I distinctly remember weeding and picking off potato bugs, and he is a farmer. All the gourds were grown in his patch out north of the house, and another patch in the pasture past the shelter belt. The growth made for some lush vinery against the dry, western Kansas landscape. They were beautiful even before the gourds were dead, dried, soaked, scrubbed, and then creatively altered.

My dad sketches on the gourds and uses different techniques for his desired effects like woodburning and chipping. When color is added, it is often leather dye although he does occasionally use paint. And if he sees fit, he adorns the gourds with pine needles, leather strips, beadwork, and other random jewelry pieces.

My daughter and husband did a photo shoot of a very small portion of his work over the Thanksgiving holiday. Check it out: Gourds by Leo. And if you desire more beauty, check out this slideshow for all the photos done that day. The majority were taken by my daughter. She has that natural eye for a good shot, and an excellent teacher, her daddy. Some beautiful wagon and saddle photo shots are thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

amanda ∞

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8 Responses

  1. Wow, he did a terrific job! I love it. He’s quite talented =)

    Cheers!

  2. Your dad’s gourd are is beautiful & your daughter is a wonderful photographer.
    I’ve been wondering if you’re OK with SAD. I heard a tip from a friend the other day who says her husband benefits greatly by having an Ott light on him by his chair at home.

  3. what a talented artist and lovely photos!!

  4. These are such gorgeous gourds!! I can see where your creative talent comes from. The photos were awesome too. I’m still in mourning about Artfest. =(

  5. Those gourds and their photos are absolutely beautiful!!! I am amazed at how something so ordinary could become something so extraordinary. I remember going to Charleston and seeing some of the music instruments from gourds that had been made by our ancestors….just amazing.

  6. He is really good. Beautiful work..
    xoxo Nita

  7. Your father’s gourd art is quite impressive, as is your daughter’s photgraphy skills. Great eye candy!

  8. I just love gourd art ad these are so beautiful. There is something so wonderful about using an organic thing to make something useful and attractive.

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