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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Let's Paint A Scarecrow Together

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of Apple Spice tea while I share with you the inspirations for you to paint your own Scarecrow Welcome sign for your front door or picket fence.

My Scarecrow painting posts have been some of the most googled and viewed of my Fall posts and I thought it would be fun for us to revisit two of them.

Let's join my Studio Assistant, in the garden to look for inspiration.

Finding inspiration . . . . . the Mums have been planted.

Here . . . . the pumpkins have been harvested.

Few things are as endearing and represent the image of the harvest season as well as the scarecrow.

There . . . . .

Everywhere . . . . .

This adorable grouping belongs to one of my neighbors. Don't you love the "Tin Man" with the "Scarecrow".

Scarecrows have been used for centuries - literally to scare away the Crows during harvest
without harming them.

"The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest." Psalm 85:12

Now that we have our Fall and Scarecrow inspirations - let's get started painting.

I have provided two different repeated drawings for you to copy. You can paint your sign on a wooden board that can be purchased in lots of sizes from most craft stores - or paint the sign on a canvas that can be purchased from most craft stores.

Base coat your canvas or board in a color of your choice and them draw the scarecrow. I use water based acrylic paints.

Next paint your scarecrow in the colors of your choice - painting is as simple as coloring in a coloring book - if you make a mistake with acrylic - you can immediately wipe off the paint with a damp cloth and start all over again. Fill in all of your colors first - painting from dark to light. After you have painted your scarecrow you can add some light highlights to finish the painting.

The painting below has been highlighted with lighter colors to add a finished look. An example of highlighting is adding a little white to the black on the hat to indicate light and adding touches of white to the orange on the painting - this will give you a more natural look.

Below is another repeated version of a scarecrow that you can copy.

Another example of highlighting is adding some yellow to the brown straw hair and lighter brown mixed with yellow to the top of the hat. Good luck and have fun with your painting.

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your
visits, e-mails,comments,and those of you who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin


Ruth Welter said...

You know Erin, that tin man your neighbor has is one of the cutest decorations I seen....love it. I love your scarecrow, just adorable.


Twinkle Terrior said...

You are so talented.!! Your Harvest welcome is so warm and happy! LOVE it :)

My Cozy Casita said...

Hi Erin, beautiful fall decoration
I love your garden full Harvest decoration and scarecrow
Happy Fall!!!

Susan said...

Darling, Erin. Loved the scarecrows and the paintings of them, too. Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Irene said...

Thank you for sharing your painting tips. You make it look easy. You have inspired me to try painting a small wooden pumpkin this weekend.

debi said...

Your photos are beautiful!

What a beautiful and happy place your home is. I LOVE all of your sweet fall decor.

Susan Freeman said...

Erin ~ I love everything about your post! Positively, absolutely charming and huggable!! Thank you sweet friend.

Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

As always it is a pleasure to stop by your blog.
How funny and colorfull this post is. I love the scarecrows. It is so autumn spirit and the welcome signs are simple but beautiful.

Have a nice weekend.

Vicki Boster said...

Scarecrows are one of my most favorite fall decoration-- I love the way you have them displayed--- your vignettes are always so beautiful. Bently has helped you to find some wonderful fall inspirations- looks like you guys are all decorated and ready for fall. The paintings are precious--


Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Awesomely lovely. I like the studio assistant, too!