Artful Christmas

A few years ago, I did a series of snowmen based on famous works of art.  Some of the artists that I tried to emulate are Vincent Van Gogh,  Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth.  These are ATC sized little works of art which means they are just 3 and 1/2 inches by 2 and 1/2 inches.  Most of them were done with colored pencil or marker on various kinds of paper.  The first one is based on Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with a little bit of artistic license.  The second one is from the Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World”  and that one incorporates a LOT of artistic license. 

These are just fun and silly little imitations of tremendous works of art by amazing artists.  Take a look at the original works to have a truly meaningful art experience.

With the holiday fast approaching, I look around and notice that art is everywhere at Christmas….in the cooking, the pretty papers and ribbons, the homemade ornaments, the photos that are shared….perhaps because art like love comes from the heart.

We here at The Charmed Gourd want to send our very best wishes for an amazing, artful,  and love filled Christmas….. Connie

Fat Cats and Christmas

Here is a fat cat I made for our shop.  Creating a gourd starts with an idea and some creative license.   We always start with a gourd and work the design from there.  We apply some gesso either clear or white depending on whether we want the natural color to show through.  In this case, I just painted the gourd black then penciled in a face.  Amazingly you can see pencil on black.  After I finished adding the details to the face I painted the wooden base which is a banister cap.  I drilled a hole in the top of the wooden ball and attached the head with a long screw.  The hat and scarf were made from fabric scraps and the ears were created by folding  a silk flower petal in half and gluing it together.  The paint added the necessary stiffness to make them work as ears.  And here he is….Fat Cat Christmas!…..Connie


Monsters like Christmas too.

I really couldn’t do Christmas gourds without doing Frankenstein.  He is my go to guy when I can’t seem to do anything else.  I love the Monster and his beautiful Bride, too.  I’ve done tons of art which include them.  For Christmas, I just wanted to give him a hat and a scarf.  He is a pretty friendly monster who doesn’t ask for much…. maybe just a few spare parts now and then.  But don’t worry…the living are safe.  Here he is, then….the Monster…aka Frankensanta.             Connie   🙂



Thanksgiving is the best holiday.  Not that I am a grinch…but Christmas is a bit stressful at times, especially for procrastinators like me.  Today there are no expectations…there is nothing to do but come together and share a meal and the company of our family and friends.  My sister Laurie always hosts because …well…she has the only house that really, truly fits everyone in comfortably.  She works incredibly hard to bring it all together.  Another reason I love Thanksgiving so much is that once every six years my birthday comes on Thanksgiving.  Today it is my Thanksgiving birthday and I am feeling a little special.  Maybe there will be a candle in the pumpkin pie!

We’ve started to work on Christmas gourds.  So it was tough….we had to switch up our thinking from slightly warped to slightly sweet.   I worked on a few things….Father Christmas, a snow Queen and these little guys.   Here is my version of Christmas elves using little foam pumpkins for heads.

A couple of Elves

A couple of Elves

Have a truly terrific Thanksgiving….love from Connie