I was tickled that I was able to find a print
to match the cherry motif I had in the kitchen this summer.
I wanted a pumpkin painting but I didn't really think I would be able to run up to the thrift store and find one.
Rebekah did a series of apples for me a few years ago but I hated to ask her to do some more paintings.
I had some success painting these cherries with watercolors
this past spring. Since the cherries were easy and I have drawn pumpkin patterns for my class, I didn't think it would be too difficult to draw a something on a canvas for me to paint.
I surfed ebay for inspiration.
I love anything that has a sort of Dutch Master feel .
I am wild about dark moody backgrounds with flowers or fruit. That is what I was going for.
I didn't want to copy the work that I found on ebay
but I used it for a springboard toward creating my own.
I did some thrift store shopping a few weeks ago and found a framed canvas for three dollars.
The black frame would be perfect with a pumpkin so I painted over it.
I got an inexpensive set of acrylic paints at Hobby Lobby.
I am a novice in the paint department and didn't want to spend a lot for a set of oils.
This set was $14.99.
Well worth it for an experiment.
I used black and two browns to get a murky effect.
After that dried for several hours, I sketched an outline with some chalk.
I painted the pumpkin, stem and curlicues and let that dry.
Finally, I went in with the highlights and leaves.
Even though this is a naive, primitive painting. The highlights are important. I checked out the pumpkin paintings on ebay again to get the details as realistic as I could.
I will enjoy displaying this somewhere with my collection of fall stuff.
Simple and cute.
It will bring another dimension to one of my autumn displays.
I am still tweaking some projects before I begin to decorate for the season.
It really was not hard and I encourage you to give it a try.
I am already thinking about a gingerbread man for Christmas.
Sprinkled with a pumpkin painting,