Instructions: How to create a basket gourd
This is my latest work. This piece includes two gourds, one big and one small. Both gourds were carved into the shapes as shown above. The small gourd is placed inside the larger one.
To see all my gourds, go to Slide Show of my favorite creations
To hear one of my arrangements on the above digital piano, go to Five Foot Two
Welcome to my web site and thanks for letting me show you some of my favorite hobbies.
I have published 3 books. The iBooks are free to download to an iPad or Kindle and some computers. You can also read a 100% sample of the printed book on any computer or tablet.
Travel in the Balkins
Cruising in Norway
I think painting gourds, playing and arranging music on a digital piano, writing travel books and turning photos into works of art all has things in common.
Each gourd is different as to shape and color and you can use your imagination to turn them into whatever you decide. You can paint, burn or carve these gourds or do all three. Use can also use your photos as a pattern for your gourds.
Playing and arranging music on a digital piano lets you pick your instruments used to turn your music into whatever you can imagine. I used to dream of playing with an orchestra or group and now I can arrange a piece of music, save it and play with my own group or orchestra. Since I cannot play without sheet music, I order most of my music from Virtual Sheet Music with the notes from the piano along with notes from other instruments included. On other pieces, I can decide what notes to play to harmonize the music. The challenge is to play all instruments as they would be played on their own and not like a piano.
I have to remember that I am not a professional and can only play to the best of my ability and expect to play some wrong notes. It can take months on the ones with several tracts, first to decide what instruments will be used and then try to play each instruments with everything blending in and with no wrong notes. Usually the wrong notes happen at the end and you have to start over. Sometimes, I just can't play without a wrong note or two, especially when I get to the end and have no wrong notes and start thinking I am going to make it and that is when I hit a wrong note. Sometime I just leave it as is and decide to try again later but some of the music included still has a few wrong notes. These songs are recorded with an iPone or iPad. Some are with video and others are just audio. The sound quality is not what you hear from the piano, but the music sounds better if played on a desk top of lap top computer.
With the travel books, I an use my imagination to organize the photos in anyway I want and also use the photos that I have edited into works of art. The history and summary of places visited includes only the places and history that interests me.
With the apps available today, my photos can be changed into any form of art that I may choose. I have included some of these photos
One of my favorite things to photograph is flowers and turn them into works of art. I have also included other photos, some that I have edited to look like impressionistic paintings and other works of art.
Another hobby is growing cactus, air plants and succulents. You will see some of these plants under garden. I also have a month to month picture guide of what is growing in my garden.
Would love to hear from you with questions and comments. My hope is that I can get others interested in gourds, arranging music on a digital piano, using the iphone for photos and writing and publishing your travel journals. Would love to exchange ideas on these hobbies.
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