Gourds are grown in various sizes and dimensions. It is a natural fruit. As an artist, I can paint, drill, cut, glue and design almost anything on a gourd. Gourds grow green and then have to dry on the vine before it can be used for art. Gourds are still used to carry water and also to store food in many parts of our world. The inside has to be cleaned out, sanded and sealed, if it is cut open. A mask is essential during this period, because of the gourd dust. When I hold a gourd I feel the shape, the texture, I look to see if there is a natural design.