Volume 11, Number 114
In this issue:
Nancy Miller - Beginning The Dialogue Through Art
The Bulletin Board - News From Northern Dipper
Artists At Work: Gourd Art Classes At Northern Dipper
The Gourd Gardener - Easy Tips On Prep and Planting
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Upcoming Gourd Art Classes
Come on out to Northern Dipper for fun-filled art classes which are guaranteed to be both relaxing and educational.
Beginning To End
May 9, 2015
Rimming With Suede
May 10, 2015
Iridescent Texture Vase
May 16, 2015
May 17, 2015
May 30, 2015
"My approach to art is very eclectic. I am influenced by other cultures ranging from Japan to Africa and Australian aborigines. Other art forms which inspire me are sculpture, glass, ceramics, wood and paintings."
"I am inspired by the gourds themselves and by materials (mostly from nature, but not always.) Bones, thread, seed pods, bamboo, beads...I love them all. I even have some small glass laboratory tubes that I have been thinking about using for over 15 years."
"My biggest challenge in my art is figuring out how to execute technically what I want to accomplish."
"Most of the techniques I use in my creations have just come from my desire to create a certain piece or look. I have taken some classes but have not continued the techniques that were taught apart from resist dying. And I have expanded on that."
"When I get an inspiration or idea, I usually create a few pieces in that vein...I just have to see what happens or to get it out of my system. I like feed back from anyone, good or bad. Art is very subjective isn't it?"
Advice To New Artists
"Have fun, let the whole world be your inspiration, there are no rights or wrongs to this. If you are not enjoying it, do something else. Don't be afraid to experiment."
"Art makes life richer for the person creating it and for the person seeing it. And that person is often in a "co-creator" person. We as artists just begin the dialogue and the art is further enriched by the mind's eye and heart of the person looking at it."
"For the past 5 years I have been an Indiana Artisan, a statewide juried group of artists and foodists. We have a big show at the Indiana State Fair grounds Expo hall the last week in March."
Nancy has been featured in 3 of Jim Widess's and Ginger Summit's books:
- The Complete Book of Gourd Carving (pgs 139-145)
- Making Gourd Dolls and Spirit Figures (pg 99) and
- Gourd Pyrography (pg 80)
Artists At Work
Dear Northern Dipper,
I have just come from your art class titled Stippling (Pointillism) and must admit I am all pumped up with the new knowledge I gained this afternoon. I cannot wait to get down to my workshop to apply it to a nice new gourd.
I should let you know that I have attended a few of your classes starting with Beginning To End. That really filled in the blanks for me and got me on my way in this crazy gourd world. Oh the ideas I have!
In short, thank you for the fine afternoon. It was a beautiful drive up and it is always nice to see you. I learned a lot and met new friends. It goes without saying that I will see you again very soon.
Port Dover, Ontario
The Gourd Gardener
Prepping The Bed
Gourds love a rich soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Load up with compost and dig in well.
To warm the soil (and control weeds later on) cut open large black garbage bags and spread out. This method also keeps the moisture in; important if you are living in an area experiencing drought.
For watering a trickle hose can be spread out under the plastic.
It's Planting Day!
Rip a hole in the plastic and dig your hole. If you have 2 seedlings per Jiffy Pot gently rip the pot in half and plant 1 seedling per hole. To give them a good start place a circle of 20-20-20 fertilizer about 1 1/2 inches away from the stem. Water. (*Keep the roots moist - the leaves don't like to be wet.)
Your plants are going to go into shock and droop. Don't you go into shock now - within a couple of days the seedlings will resume their previous glory.
We love this gourd sighting of Winston. Winston is Carolyn's niece's dog and he is what you might call "a dog with personality." Here he is wearing his custom made gourd hat. He loves his hat and we bet that all his pals wish they had one too.
It's A Dog's Life
Summer is almost here and along with it come the fleas. These tiny brown insects causes unbelievable scratching and if your dog or cat are sensitive, fleas can result in hair-loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections.
Fleas are hard to deal with and if a serious infestation occurs your house and bedding will have to be cleaned out too.
To deal with fleas many pet owners use preventable flea remedies such as Advantage. They are fast, easy and effective and require a once-a-month application. There are also medicated flea removal products such as shampoos, sprays and powders.
Natural treatments such as essential oils (i.e. lavender), lemon and apple cider vinegar are gaining popularity and are worth while looking into.
For more information here are a couple of websites including one which deals with fleas in your house.
Kevin Urech's Birdhouses
Music Pick Of The Month
The Artists: Faran Ensemble
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