‘Russian’ gourd

Russian gourd

When I started painting my third gourd, Kris commented that it resembled the painted wooden spoons and other kitchen utensils from some province in Russia.
Russian gourdTo heighten that effect, I took some inspiration from Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin when I painted the faux woven red and gold band around the rim of the gourd.
Russian gourdBut then I was told I had ‘ruined’ the traditional Russian colour scheme (black, red, gold and green) by adding purple, orange, metallic copper, slate blue, and white. Hee. Couldn’t help myself.

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22 thoughts on “‘Russian’ gourd

      1. Makes me want to paint! P.S. LOVE your blog and your pictures. I’ve never been those places you’re traveling, it’s neat to “see” them. My favorite photo was that mountain-side cemetery. So amazing! Saw today you’re on Etsy. How cool. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s great to be dispossessed…a mongrel mix of so many cultures, that it doesn’t really matter what it looks like! I’ll leave the real Russian painting to those vodka-sozzled babushkas in the tundra! Thank you, Nina!

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