Sunday, October 23, 2016

Campbell Pottery "The Art of the Ornament" invitational show

   I will be participating in the next art show at Campbell Pottery. It is an invitational show comprised of ornaments. Each artist was asked to contribute at least 12 ornaments for the show. This will be an excellent opportunity to add to your collection as each one will be hand made and done by local artists!! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!! Here are a few of the ones I have been working on.

Of course they are all made from tiny gourds!! It is fun to shake them and hear the seeds still inside!! I hope to see you at the opening reception on November 12th from 1 to 3 PM. The show runs from November 12th to December 11th. What would be your favorite subject to see on an ornament??

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Heart's Desire wins first place for the 3D division in the Arts on the riverwalk competition!

I was sure excited to find out yesterday that my gourd 'Heart's Desire", won 1st place for the 3D category at the Arts on the Riverwalk competition in New Castle.!! It will be there until August 26th at the Confluence in New Castle! My other gourd "Calypso" is also in the show!
I had a busy day yesterday, first going to the artist reception at Campbell Pottery and then to the reception at the Confluence! It was a fun time looking at all the beautiful artwork by so many talented artists!! The show at Campbell Pottery is beautiful and full of color and life!!

Sometimes it is nice to forget about all the tragedy in the world and simply wonder at the beauty and creativity that can be found in the arts!!
After a long day of traveling and having my poor dog locked inside, I took her for a walk at Lake Wilhelm and stopped at the ice cream shop!!!
Great way to end the beautiful day!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Campbell Pottery " In the Garden" show

I am happy to announce that my gourd " Garden Wonder" has been accepted into the Campbell Pottery 'In the Garden" juried art show. This show has changed from Lilyfest, to allow more variation in the artwork. Hope to see some familiar faces at the reception on July 9th from 1 to 3 PM.
I also completed this gourd titled" Calypso" and entered it into the art competition in New Castle for Arts on the Riverwalk. I also entered my "Heart's Desire" gourd. That show starts July 9th to August 26th at the Confluence in New Castle. The reception for that is also July 9th from 4 to 6. I will be busy driving on that day to get to both receptions!!
I would like to tell everyone that I now have a facebook page for this business. It is Jody Neugebauer Gourds and Dream Quest studio!! Check it out and give me a "LIKE".
I wanted to share this photo I took recently at Lake Wilhelm of a beautiful young Eagle, I think. He kept flapping his wings and jumping around like he was trying out his ability to fly.??
Mom and Dad seemed to be watching from the next tree over!! Beautiful!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gourds for Texas

I wanted to show a couple of the gourds I finished, and sent off to Texas for the gourd show! The blue one is called" Swallowtail sky". I came up with a new way to use slices of gourds which I think turned out pretty nice.

This is the way the next gourd started, with apoxy sculpt applied to make a face on a banana gourd.
Here is the finished project! She is titled " Gifts from the sea". Her hair made from horse hair (Thank You, Galina!!!) was very hard to get attached without showing the glue!
Next, I wanted to continue with the steps required to make a fine art gourd! Here is a gourd cut open, and you can see all the seeds and fibers inside. All this stuff has to be cleaned out which requires a few different tools.

I use this scraper to get the loose stuff out.

But a drill, with this handy sanding ball on the end helps enormously to get the inside clean and smooth! I used a small jigsaw to cut the gourd into the shape you see. I usually paint the inside next with either spray paint or with acrylics and a brush! Then the more fun journey begins to make the gourd beautiful!!
I am thinking about having a beginning gourd art class this summer, here at the farm. If anyone is interested, please email me or comment on this post.

On another note, I am so happy to see my summer bird friends back, including the rose breasted grosbeaks, hummingbirds, and orioles!! YAY!!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Exciting News!!

I am so excited to announce that my gourd " Culture Clash" has been accepted into the Erie Art Museum's Spring Show!!
I feel like this is not only a wonderful accomplishment for me, but also for gourd art in general in this area. Although gourds are quite popular out west, they seem to be viewed as a less valued form of art in this area. So much time and work goes into each one, and so many varied art mediums and skills can be used on them, I am completely in love with them!! The show runs from April 17th to July 17th.
I also have work at Campbell Pottery for their Nature Art Show! It starts today and goes until May 8th.
I am also working on gourds for the Kerr Arts and Cultural Centers Fine Art Gourd show in Texas.
This is one of the most wonderful gourd shows in the country. My gourd, Heart's Desire won best newcomer last year!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How to prepare a gourd!!

We have had one of the most wonderful winters this year! Short spurts of cold and snow are followed by unusually warm and pleasant days. I could deal with winter a lot better if they were all like this one. I hope it keeps going until the end!

I wanted to take some time, and explain to those not familiar with gourds, all the work that goes into making a fine art gourd. When I grow or buy my gourds, they have already been drying for 6 months or more. They will be covered in dried mold and dirt, which has to be scrubbed off. Above you see the gourds soaking in a wheelbarrow of warm water with some soap and a little bleach added.
Then I use a metal pot scrubber to scrub the entire outside of the gourd to remove the mold and dirt. Sometimes this takes quite a bit of muscle to accomplish. When I am happy with the results, I spray off the gourd and set it in the sun to dry.
Here is one that is all done and drying off. All this happens before the artist can even plan on what the gourd will become. Next time I will go into the next steps.
I have been working on an acrylic painting lately. I took a great reference photo last summer in Virginia of a heron near the ocean.
I loved the colors of the overturned boat and the basket full of nets.
I also got a new camera lens from my husband, around Christmas so I have taken some wonderful pictures of the birds around my feeders!!

I have been accepted into the Kerr arts and Cultural Center fine art gourd show in Texas again so I have to get busy on some new gourds. Also Campbell Pottery will be having a wildlife and landscape theme show this spring! I need to get busy!!!