a pumpkin painting

A few weeks ago, that creative itch crept up on me and I decided to do a painting. On a large canvas. Of a white pumpkin.

I was as shocked as could be at the finished product.

Truthfully, I had no idea I could do this. I’m not a painter and hadn’t a clue what I was doing.

I just started brushing on layers of color {latex paint leftover from various walls in our house} using my kids’ artist brushes. For accents I grabbed a couple of those little tubes of craft paint and mixed colors on a paper plate. There was nothing fancy about the process and like I said, I was amazed when I stepped back and took in what these untrained hands created.

The pumpkin painting now hangs proudly on the dining room wall – which you see from the entry through the large hanging window.

I took it in to our local frame shop and promptly walked out after I learned it would cost $275 for the frame I wanted. No thank you. But I do think it needs something to anchor it against this light wall, so we’re thinking about making our own.

So here’s my encouragement for this weekend:

even if you don’t have formal training

even if you doubt your skills

give something new a try.

Do a craft. Make a new recipe. Pull out your sewing machine. Dig in the dirt. Paint a pumpkin.

You never know what creativity lies within you unless you give yourself a chance to try.

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118 Responses to a pumpkin painting

  1. Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    my husband made me a super cool frame from a pallet…maybe that would work?? and it was free…way better than $275! beautiful painting!!!

  2. Erin J September 24, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    LOVE it!!!! I want one!

  3. Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    This is gorgeous! I would buy it in a second.
    Sadly, I don’t think I have this talent hidden in me. How I would love to be able to paint and draw.

  4. samantha September 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Love, love, love it. Can you make a print of it and sell them on? I’ll be your first customer x

  5. Melissa September 25, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I have to chime in…..simply fabulous, I would pay top dollar for that pumpkin, it’s divine. Please get it in a print and sell it in your shop. I really like the look of it unframed. Beautiful work, you are a talented gal!

  6. Auntie! September 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I LOVE it Emily!!!

  7. Alicia September 27, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Absolutely beautiful painting! You have inspired me to try something creative this weekend!

  8. Sandy September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Holy moly!! That is super good. I love it!! Please show us more of your work, if you have any! I love it!!

  9. Liesl October 2, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    That is ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!! Simple, yet beautiful!

  10. Kathleen McSweeney September 20, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Beautiful painting, Emily! The simple figure and subtle colors of the pumpkin against just the right neutral background are so appealing.

  11. Angela October 7, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Emily, my girlfriend and I have been enspired by your painting to try one of our own. We started this past weekend and although not finished I am so thrilled with it. My questions are about the what looks like grey lines on the pumpkin. Did you use the same colour you painted your canvas to apply the lines in your pumpkin? We were just wondering if you used a grey, created your own grey, used black, made your own black. What paint colours did you use? Thanks so much. When it get’s done and I hang it on the wall I will be sure to send you a picture. I LOVE pumpkins!

  12. Rhonda September 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    I love the pumpkin painting. Can you tell me more about the painting of the vase of flowers sitting on the dresser under the stairs. Source?


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