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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Let's Paint a Pumpkin 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 tea while I share with you the inspiration for my art.  This time of year we paint a simple scarecrow together that  can hang on your door, garden gate, etc.  I received a number of e-mails this year asking if we could paint something even simpler that you can  paint with your children, grandchildren, etc.  The simplest thing I can think of  for us to paint is a pumpkin.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to look for pumpkin inspirations for us to paint.

You may recall this is the scarecrow we painted last year - there are simple instructions on how to paint her under ART 101 on my blog.

As you can see - pumpkins come in all shape and sizes.  The pumpkin sign on the bicycle below is a good example of how you can paint your pumpkin.

Simply draw half a circle on each side - then another half circle next to the first one and then in the center of your pumpkin. Don't worry if your lines are not quite straight as you can fix them when you start filling in with colors.   I base coated my canvas with green - you can use any color you want as your background.  You will need orange, white, brown (I use Burnt Senna) and green.  

I outlined the pumpkin with Burnt Sienna and started filling in the orange and blending it with the Burnt Sienna.

After you fill in the orange - mix a little white with the orange and add some highlights - next use your brown and add some shadows under the pumpkin and draw a darker line under the pumpkin to anchor it.

Finish by adding a few curly cues to the stem and adding a few leaves in each corner to complete your pumpkin.

The small canvas can be added to Autumn decorations to create a charming vignette, placed on a book shelf or used in many ways and can be packed away for next year with your seasonal decorations.

Good luck with your painting and most of all . . .have fun. You can also add a bouquet of flowers to your pumpkin!

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those who follow 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

"Let the earth be glad."  Chronicles


Evie said...

Erin, I just want to say Thank You for the pumpkin art tutorial. You made it look so easy. So tomorrow I'm going to try to paint a pumpkin;). Thanks again, Evie

Jeanie said...

Erin, your pumpkins and paintings are so cheery! I bought my first utumn pumpkin today! Perhaps I'll paint it!

Merlesworld said...

That was a colourful post .

Shane Pollard said...

Oh Erin
Your front door and entrance way look amazing all dressed for Autumn!

Thank you for your pumpkin tutorial - you make it look so easy!
What a lovely studio assistant Bentley is.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always love your summer paintings but this one for Fall is beautiful! I love the beautiful Autumn colors! Sweet hugs my friend!

Irene said...

You are so cool to give us a tutorial. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Betty said...

You are so ready for fall and I envy you. Everything looks so pretty. Love that tutorial. I need to buy me some paints and give it a try.

Kathryn said...

Adorable Erin; you make it look so easy. But I'm sure it's not! Happy Fall!

Art and Sand said...

Lovely fall decor.

Tomorrow is October 1 which is the date I set for fall decor acceptability. I will be hunting down pumpkins and corn today.