Life's been rather hectic for me this fall, and I haven't quite developed the habit (stamina, discipline) of making drawing a priority when life is busy. But this gourd helped me. When I saw this decorative gourd showing its age, I couldn't resist drawing it.
I flipped the gourd around and around, studied it from different angles, and finally settled on looking at it straight on from the bottom. The design reminded me of a fanciful sea creature more than a vegetable.
I'm grateful to this decaying gourd for luring me back to my colored pencils. The gourd is now in the garbage, but my pencils are arrayed right here next to my on my desk again.