Paintings by Hellen
~~ Fine Art Gourds ~~
Southwest ~ Native American Indian Inspired ~ Wildlife ~ Western
Faux Leather Tooling ~ Pyrography Woodburning ~ Carving
Pine Needle Coiling ~ Closed Coiling ~ Antlers ~ Acrylic Painting
Colored Pencil Painting ~ Metal Coating & Patinas
Instructional Gourd Books ~ Gourd Classes ~ Gourd Retreats
Because there are many gourd artists who are unable to attend classes, she decided to write gourd instructional books that will teach her techniques and share tips of information she has learned. These books are very detailed and have Illustrations and/or step-by-step photos with written instructions. Hellen has taught students from Holland, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Germany, and USA. She travels to many states to teach at gourd festivals and retreats as well as teaches private lessons in her home. Each student receives a booklet with step-by-step photos/illustrations and detail written instructions to take home with them just in case they forget what they learned.
Paintings by Hellen ® 2121 Hickory Hollow Rd, Chandler,TX 75758
Updated: May 14, 2013
Viewers as of May 14, 2013: 54,261
Shows, Gourd Classes, and Gourd Retreats
Texas Gourd Festival
October 18-20..... Fredericksburg, TX ..... Pioneer Museum
Class: Woodburning & Painting with
Day: Sunday - October 20, 2013
Time: 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Class: So You Want to Start a Business
Day: Saturday - April 19, 2013
Time: 2 PM -5 PM
Hellen has a corporate background in finance, business, and marketing. She started her own business in 2002 and does her own taxes plus her son's (contractor). She will discuss her experiences with galleries, how to keep records, and much more.
Galleries Representing Hellen
NOTE: I've recently removed my pieces from several galleries because of vaious reasons. I've been approached by several galleries in different states who would like represent me. Look for new locations to see my art in 2013.
140 East Exchange Avenue, Suite 132
Ft. Worth, TX 4142
UPCOMING INSTRUCTIONAL GOURD BOOKS
This book will not be just for beginners who want to learn the basics. It will cover information that I've been asked over the years, such as how to get in galleries, pricing your pieces, keeping your business records, sales taxes, taking credit cards, etc.
I remember when I first started out and no one would answer our questions. We ended up buying books and way more supplies than we needed which we still have 10 years later.
NOTE: I'm compiling information now so if you would like something included within the book, please email me and let me know what it is.
WESTERN TOOLING PATTERNS
I can't tell you the number of requests I've had for this book. I've already started the patterns and have fun doing them. When I have a few minutes, I will start a new design and finish it later. I presently have six designs done.
The book will also explain how you draw the leaves, flowers, and accent designs. It will have hand drawn illustrations of shading each design. Then, it will cover how to incorpoate all of this information into your design.
The designs within this web site are original designs of Hellen Martin.
Under NO circumstances may they be used or reproduced in any form.
Click on the photo to be taken to that style of gourd art
Hellen Martin is a national/international gourd artist who prepares fine art utilizing her carving, painting, pyrographing, woodburning, closed coiling, and pine needle coiling skills. She incorporates antlers, beads, and walnut slices on her pieces. Her gourd art is unique and shows her love of her work and her Blackfoot and Comanche heritage. She has won numerous awards for her painting, pine needle coiling, woodburning, and closed coiling. Since she applies her techniques on all her gourds, visit each page in order to view all her gourd art. Hellen's Indian Maidens are one of her trademarks. Her maidens are known for having no facial features and vivid colored robes. Most of the Indian maidens are painted, but she has also started doing them with colored pencils that appear to be painted. She has also started adding warriors so they would have a companion. The Indian maidens are her favorite pieces to do.
Instructional Gourd Books
Faux Western Leather Tooling
I'm presently in discussions to teach two retreats in 2014. If everything works out, I will be posting them.
Texture, Metal Coating, & Patinas
Book has 4 projects
Class: Faux Western Leather Tooling
This class will be taught twice.
Date: Friday - October 18, 2013
Time: 8 AM - 12:30 PM
Date: Saturday - October 19, 2013
Time: 8 AM - 12:30 PM