My Great Big Pumpkin and how it came to be….
I now have a great pumpkin hanging in my keeping room. This sitting area is next to our dining table and kitchen. I see this wall whenever I am cooking, or when we are eating our meals. I wanted to hang something there that would be an over-sized statement of this wonderful autumn time. An over-sized pumpkin seemed to fit the bill.
I love the way it looks. I do wish the canvas were a bit bigger though. I regret that I don’t have pictures of the tutorial (I did, but we have had MAJOR computer problems around here and they didn’t survive)
I found the 3ft x 2ft canvas on the side of the road being thrown out (it has an attempt of a painting on it). I grabbed it knowing I could do something with it. Then great pumpkin inspiration hit. I painted the whole canvas with some flat latex paint that I had used to paint furniture with. It is a wonderful gray color.
Then taking my batch of craft paint I mixed up paint colors and finally found the orange I wanted and painted a big orange ball. I added water to my brush every once in a while to make it flow better. I took a darker orange/red and a cream color to lightly make the “veins” of the pumpkin, and to add shading to the sides.
It is a soothing process just playing with the paint until you get what you want.
For the stem I used greens, browns and creams to give depth and texture. A pumpkin is a fairly simple object to paint. Put your personality into it. Enjoy the process and the outcome. My pumpkin is not perfect, but I like it that way.
I love the scale of the pumpkin. It was so fun and relaxing to do. No pressure, just creativity flowing.