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Gourd Sculpture

Check out all my gourd sculptures on these blogs, showing every one I've ever made!

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Cara Bevan
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a professional animal/wildlife artist specializing in acrylic paintings and life-like gourd sculpture. My preferred style is whimsical photo-realism, everything you see in my gallery are artworks. *** I DO NOT UPLOAD PHOTOGRAPHS (it prevents confusion ;))*** I accept commissions so you can have a special artwork that can be enjoyed for generations. I only use the highest quality paints and surfaces. Along with acrylics I also use colored pencil, graphite, and ink. Check out my website and Gourd Blogs!

If you want to see more frequent updates and artsy fartsy progress, follow me on these sites!
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Current Residence: NC, USA

Personal Quote: "If ART isn't from the HEART, then is it ART at all?"

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Journal Entry: Mon Sep 14, 2015, 9:18 AM
Hi folks!
Been a while, hope you're still having fun and being artsy! :wave:

I've had my nose to the grindstone all summer (ow). That's why I haven't been very active. I miss viewing all of the artwork and chatting with people. Haven't had time...
but the art marathon is over so I'll have a mountain of things to upload soon! Yay art spam!

What I've made this summer:
31 miniature gourd turtles
31 miniature gourd toads
25 miniature gourd dragons
10 miniature gourd cats
9 miniature gourd bunnies
2 mini gourd dogs
32 small gourd beetles
20 realistic carved butterflies/moths
16 mini gourd spiders
30 mini gourd ladybugs
13 hyper-realistic gourd beetles.

You can add it up if you want, I just know it's alot. The bugs and beetles were made for the amazing NC BUGFEST!
festival link:
Bugfest is September 19th at the NC Museum of Natural History (Raleigh, NC). If you're nearby or need a vacation,
come and see the huge bug/spider themed festival! 8 floors of the museum, 3 full streets of downtown Raleigh...
it's gonna be fun! :D The other mini critters were made for my other festivals in NC. Listed below (okay I still am super busy LOL).

October 10th: High Point University Fall Festival
November 7th: Greensboro Craft Fair
November 19-21st: Roy's Folks Craft Fair

Check those out too, I'll be showing and selling. And working on my stacked high commission list in-between. Phew.
An artist's work is never done. ^^; Wouldn't have it any other way.

Teeniest of Turtles by ART-fromthe-HEART

Anyway, just saying hi and catching up on my stuff and doodad thingies. Stay artsy my friends!

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Chaya1230 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Would you be able to do a custom classic sculpture or gourd sculpture of my papillon?
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
^_^ Yep I sure can! They're such cute pups! What size would you like it? I can do miniature (3" or less) up to life-sized.
Chaya1230 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
I suppose that decision would have a lot to do with pricing. Do you do any custom work under $100? If not that's fine, I'll just have to save more.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I do, miniatures are $45. Mediums that are around 5-7" range from $80-100+

Mini samples:…
Galrosk Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gallery is downright magical. I think I learn a lot just from looking at your work. Amazing.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you so much! I'm always happy to give tips and advice, so if you'd like to learn more just ask a question! :nod:
Galrosk Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate that and I will definitely take you up on that. My biggest questions relate to the process and the ability to focus. I tend to start adding detail before I get the values and shapes in the right places, which thus makes the piece look warped or amateurish. While I concentrate on digital art, the process for painting is still the same, as far as I know. And any advice on how to stay focused? I tend to work for about an hour or so before I get distracted (or bored, honestly). I've read about how one artist will literally disconnect his internet in order to help remove distraction. I may try that. But any other advice?
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Before adding detail you should have a strong base. Otherwise it's easy to get discouraged and disinterested (and yes, eliminating distractions like the internet is a must at first!) Focus is actually a skill that has to be learned, like learning social skills and how to make art. The more you work at trying to stay focused, the better you will get at it and the stronger your attention will get. Exercise that brain! :D I used to be pretty easily distracted too. I would get to a part of the painting that I refer to as the "ugly stages", the base part before you get to detailing, and then get disinterested. It took a while before I learned that you have you power through that. Nowadays I can sit at the easel for hours on end and not even think of doing anything else. My mind likes to do several things at once though, so I listen to podcasts as I paint. That way I don't have any extra brain power to get distracted. ;) LOL.

Here's a little tutorial on how I paint in steps. You're right, digital and traditional painting are very similar. They require the same steps - though digital is much more forgiving to be honest! On the other hand, some things are much easier to do traditionally, like textures. Anyway, take a look at this and see if it'll help you:
Painting Aquila the Polar Bear Tutorial by ART-fromthe-HEART
If you'd like to ask anything else I'm happy to help! :)
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WhiteGecko93 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
You are amazing. Really. When I was studying Horticulture our teacher showed us the devil's claws he had on display in the staffroom... I never would've imagined they could be turned into sculptures... especially ones that good. Keep it up! :)
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive: Thank you SO much! :la:
Devils claws are amazing things! I haven't made sculptures out of them for a while (I discovered that beetles love to eat the seeds, which sucks when you can't remove all of the seeds and they end up getting in to the sculptures occasionally to get at them.) That discouraged me from making them and many of my older sculptures I dismantled...:( BUT, I do plan on finding a way around the issue, and I will make devil claw critters again! I still have a handful of the sculptures and a bin full of devil claws ready to be used. :)
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