KaysOffHerGourd

Kay's Off Her Gourd, where gourds become art.

Augusta, Georgia 80 Sales On Etsy since 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars (20)

KaysOffHerGourd

Kay's Off Her Gourd, where gourds become art.

Augusta, Georgia | 80 Sales

Kay Lovingood

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Kay Lovingood

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From Gourds to Art

Kay's Off Her Gourd started in September of 2011, when I first touched a gourd. At that time, I was a music teacher, with photography as a hobby (http://fineartamerica.com/artists/kay+lovingood). A stranger who saw a display of my photography suggested that I join the North Augusta Artists Guild so I could exhibit with them. So I did.

At my third guild meeting, we were to paint gourds as a fun activity. I had never touched a gourd. I had never painted. But I borrowed a brush and used someone else's paint. That evening, people kept telling me how cute my gourd was turning out, and asking how I came up with the idea to paint a duck. (The answer is that the gourd was shaped like a duck. I just painted the whole thing white, with a bit of orange on the stem and a few black lines to outline the feathers. But they liked it!)

Their encouragement, plus the fact that my little duck sold (!), was all it took. I found a gourd farm close by and started making things, mostly bird houses and feeders at that time. As friends saw my work, they would ask me to make something for them.

Soon gourds were taking all of my time outside of teaching. I was working in my garage until almost midnight some nights. But I was happy there. Something had to give. So I retired from teaching after 27 years. I don't miss teaching at all; gourds are my life now. My imagination gives me everything I need for this phase of my life.

I enjoy the whole process of gourd art, from shopping at the farm, to cleaning them (maybe not so much), to deciding what to make, all the way to seeing the final product. I've learned my way around Lowe's and Home Depot; I've learned to use power tools; I've learned how to wire lamps. I've moved from mostly using acrylic paint to using dye, because I love the unique markings on each gourd; and dye lets them show through the color. I've watched YouTube videos and DVD tutorials to learn new things. I'm excited! And every time I make something, whether it's new or whether I've made something similar before, I immerse myself into the art and let the world go by without me.

Thanks for stopping by. While you're here, I hope you see something you like. If not, please check back often, because you never know what I might make next. And if something you see sparks an idea in your mind, please contact me; I'll be glad to make it for you.

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  • Kay Lovingood

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    For years, artistry has been lurking in Kay's mind, while she pursued a career teaching music. She enjoyed sketching, and created her own bulletin boards, while teaching, singing, and playing tuba. One day, she picked up a gourd. Wow! Look!

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