A while back, when Autumn was just beginning, I saw some wonderfully grotesque and beautiful small seasonal gourds at the local farm stand. I picked out three and told myself I had to try to draw them. The convoluted odd shapes presented a challenge and I wasn’t sure how to approach them. Then I thought “why not try painting the objects loosely and drawing over the paint”? This is something I never do. Usually I draw a fairly complete image with pencil or pen and then, to add color, paint over it. So it was something of an experiment in technique. I roughed in the basic shape of each gourd and when the paint dried, I used a platinum carbon pen to draw over them. The end result was not a great drawing but the experiment of using a different process was very interesting. I thought I’d share it.