In my 30+ year career as a working artist, I have enjoyed working in a variety of different media. One of my favorite things is to try out making things with a new, interesting medium. I have done painted eggs, painted furniture, beading on various objects, and more. Now I mostly produce my painted or collaged designs on functional household gift items- clocks, alarm clocks, night lights, magnets. I am always inspired by discovering artists who work in creative media, and the internet is full of examples, such as this master watermelon sculptor I recently discovered, Takashi Itoh. It turns out that watermelon carving is a traditional Japanese art called Mukimono.
From his FAQs:
Q: Can you eat carved watermelon?
A: Yes. They are natural and delicious.
His intricate carvings are as refreshing as his medium.
It was fun to see some of my same themes and inspirations pop up.
Why hello, Mr. Van Gogh…
A quick google image search revealed tons of other watermelon talent. Here, a dia de los muertos carved watermelon! (Next to my Day of the Dead wall clock.)
What are your favorite watermelon designs? What other new media for have you discovered that makes for awesome art?