Art by Helen Grossman

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Location: Lakeland, Florida, United States

Hi, My name is Helen Grossman. I like to paint, read books, and learning a new forms of art and techniques. I love to learn and experiment with different medias and surfaces, like clay, paper, beads, gourds,it is always something new here to learn and grow. When I am feeling burn out I am reading books or taking my brushes and paint. Back in Ukraine I learned a decorative folk art style of painting called Petrikivka named after village it was born. You also could see some of my work on Instagram, @helldg123. Thank you for stopping by and if you have a moment, I would love to hear your feedback. Helen

Friday, October 28, 2005

New gourd doll

Inspired by fall colors I created a new doll using gourd which I painted, then attached the head, add some apoxie clay embellishments. Then couldn't decide on her hairdo. Spent a few days trying different materials and ended up using paper tube wrapped with orange yarn and adding some black feathers.

Gourd was basecoat with black acrylic paint on which I paint useing some acrylic and lumiere paint.
Earings added a nice touch to the doll, I think :) what do you think? let me know.

Fall is here

Two weeks later...Fall in full power in Upstate. We had week of rains. It is cold now but still it is very beautiful, golden and red leaves, trees are so colorful. I love fall colors. We went for a ride exploring places around, bought some mums and saw a huge pumpkin, may be over 200 lb. It was fun. I am posting a few pictures from our trip for you to see.

Boris and big pumpkin :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Gourds, clay and fun

Fall arrived. Trees are wearing glden reddish leaves, some of the trees are still green, but most of them turned into fall colors and some of them are loosing leaves. When it is not raining like today ( it pouring) it is very nice outside. I just love autumn.

Anyway, back to the subject of the post. I recently joined a yahoo group of wonderful artists that learning , sharing on how to work with clay. One of the project we will be doing is Santa on gourd.
In a meantime, I decided to practice a little bit before the project.

I picked two small gourds that were used as a body for Santa. I used Pearl Paperclay that you can find in any craft stores. I was sculpting right on gourd. made a full face sculpt for one Snata and for another one I sculpted just some features and the rest - painted.

The pictures are showing how Santa gourd was developed. Let me know what do you think, please.

Bye for now.

Monday, October 03, 2005


Finally I unpacked my sewing machine after moving (back in April we moved to Upstate NY).
I finished a doll for Houston Festival challenge that was sponsored by Lisa Risler ( The doll made using Jill Maas pattern. Her dolls are so full of character :)

The only thing I changed, I reinforced her with dowel that she can stay well as I did not have a heave pellets that required by pattern. A challenge was to use provided fabric and trims and we were allowed to add any embellishment. I have a weak spot for this doll.

See for yourself...

Let me introduce Madam Bridgette and her favorite bags :)