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.

119 Responses to a pumpkin painting

  1. Darlene October 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Great painting!
    I was really interested to know the colors of paint that you used???
    You didnt answer tbe other girl that ask you on here.
    Great job!

    • emily October 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      I just took paint out of the craft box and leftover latex from the house and mixed together to get the colors I wanted. I know … not super helpful.

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

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

  6. 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!!

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

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

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

    I LOVE it Emily!!!

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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

    LOVE it!!!! I want one!

  13. 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!!!

  14. Stacey September 24, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this painting!!!! :)

  15. Stephanie September 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    beautiful ~ only you could make a pumpkin look elegant! You are one talented lady.

  16. Gloria September 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Love the white. Easy to live with, enhances any space from fall, and all thru the winter. Sweet.

  17. Puttin' On The GRITS September 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE this. I have zero artistic ability or I would be painting one today for my mantle. The colors are perfect. I wish you were painting and selling them!

  18. Kelly September 23, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Oh my word! What a wonderful hidden talent you have discovered. The painting, as all the others before me have said, is gorgeous! Let’s see…what have I not tried…um…small engine repair…do you suppose that is a hidden talent within me? ha ha.

  19. Lindsey September 23, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Beautiful, actually stunning, Emily! Great job! You have such an amazing creative eye for things!

  20. sarah September 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Looks great! I’m an amatuer landscape painter, and I’d recommend getting a 40% off coupon to Michael’s craft store and checking their premade canvas frames. They have a lot of options, as do Hobby Lobby.Just ask for canvas frames. But you really don’t need a frame.

  21. Stacey September 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Oh my goodness, that is wonderful and amazing! I love the soft colors you used and I agree with the previous comment that it looks beautiful without a frame.

  22. Pat September 22, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I have been itching to paint. I am not a painter (of paintings) but I do paint the odd piece of furniture or wall every now and again. But I never ever thought of painting with spare-part paints from left over projects. I thought I had to have some special magic paint!

    I love that painting. I love where you have it hanging and wouldn’t put a frame on it either.
    It could also go in a dreamy – little girls room with Cinderella theme!

    thanks for the encouragement to do something different.
    …I came here via The Old Post Road… Pat

  23. Kat@LowTideHighStyle September 22, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I think what you just discovered is that you are a painter! Some of the best in the world have no formal training, just a wonderful eye. :)

    I found you through Trish at Old Post Road, and your painting is gorgeous!


  24. Tracy September 22, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Love it! I am inspired! Hope mine turns out as well as yours!

  25. Nora September 22, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    Absolutely love your pumpkin! You did a fabulous job. You could make and sell a few to afford the frame you want, or work out a trade. Keep on painting hon, you’re a natural!

  26. valerie September 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Emily, this is gorgeous! Love the simple elegance of this painting! YOu done good! HOpe that you get it framed just as you like it!

  27. Kristen K September 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    It’s simply beautiful. I actually love it unframed. You are an inspiration.

  28. Lynne September 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I would say you are a painter, indeed. You have the most lovely, creative spirit. Thanks for being brave and sharing this. Love it!

  29. Ashley September 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    By the way, if you do sell prints, I hope you offer an extra large option the size of the original. That pumpkin is so stunning, it deserves to be BIG. I agree with others! Looks great unframed. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  30. Ashley September 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    The simplicity of this painting took my breath away! LOVE it. Please tell me you’re going to sell prints so I can buy one!

  31. Julie September 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Gorgeous, Emily!!

  32. Mindy September 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    LOVE this painting and your take on being creative! What an inspiration…

  33. Susan September 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    The painting is lovely and it doesn’t need a frame. It looks great on the wall just the way it is. You’ve inspired me to paint something.

  34. Cassie Kulp September 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Love this. Such good inspiration and encouragement!

  35. Abbie (Five days...5 ways) September 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Now, THAT’S a pumpkin!

    Seriously, Emily, it looks soooooo great, and I actually agree with everybody else that says no frame needed.

  36. Jennifer September 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I too love it! Way to go!

  37. jen September 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    wowza. nice work!

  38. Maria M. September 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I know you are not fishing for compliments, but how can we not comment on how stunning this is? I’m so impressed with the level of detail you’ve achieved!!! Good for you, Emily! I rather like the unframed look of the canvas… but if you really want to frame it, you might find a good deal when Michael’s has one of their 60% off framing sales. Do you have Michael’s Craft Stores out your way?

  39. Anna September 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    If you really felt like it needed to be framed use some of the brown in the stem to lightly fan or brush it around those edges. Impersonally love the white border and think you should leave it alone. Give yourself a pat on the back. It’s beautiful!

  40. Apryl September 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I love it!!!

  41. Rachel@D'Bohemia September 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I am so impressed! I absolutely love the painting and am wishing I had one of my own ;) You may have encouraged me to take a stab at it. Thank you Emily!


  42. Wendy September 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Emily–This is absolutely gorgeous! I would love that hanging on my wall. :)

  43. linda September 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Unbelievably crazy gorgeous. You are amazingly creative, Emily. I agree with Melaine…you’ve got to sell these! Oh, and as an aside, are you going to be teaming up with Lindsey to do any more prints??

  44. Catherine September 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Also? I forgot to say that I think it looks perfect unframed. I love how you left the edge of the canvas showing. It looks fabulous. Really.

  45. Catherine September 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Please, please, please sell some prints of this! I just loooooove it!!!! Wow, you really know how to scratch a creative itch….

  46. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage September 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    It is wonderful! Bravo! You really need to make this into a print and sell it!

  47. Lisa September 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    It’s gorgeous – LOVE the colors. I agree with the others . . . I would buy one!

  48. Sarah Barksdale Design September 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I love your painting! You did a great job, no one would ever know you weren’t a trained painter! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Jen O'Brien September 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Awesome!!! The soft whites are perfect, Happy Fall!

  50. Lindsay at Life of Splendor September 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I LOVE this painting! I saw it on your Instagram a little while back and was so impressed! I’ve always wanted to try to paint, although like you said, I have no experience whatsoever. But I love what you did and want to give it a try! It’s so beautiful

  51. Linda Leyble September 21, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hey Emily – what a fantastic job. Now everyone will be painting pumpkins – just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving! Great idea on the whites and off-whites etc – I have painted pumpkins their actual color and they don’t look as good as in your white version! And I’m an artist! I have to give this a go. Really great idea.

    I have a tutorial on my blog this week on creating a painting using metallic foils. This is for non artists – take a peek.

    Great job!


  52. Kristen September 21, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Lovely! My trick when I paint something and don’t want to buy a frame is to paint the edge of the canvas {the part perpendicular with the painting and the wall} a black or dark brown. It gives it polish and dimension, I think, without the expense!

  53. amyks September 21, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    To echo the sentiment of everyone here, that is beautiful!!!

  54. Angela September 21, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Wow, that is crazy good! I only wish I could do something like that! You should be proud! The detail is amazing!

  55. Jen @ RamblingRenovators September 21, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    That is truly inspiring! What a beautiful painting. There is talent there… hope you do more!

  56. Sharon Herbitter September 21, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Beautiful job! I’m inspired!!!

  57. Amy Moe September 21, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I have to say that absolutely love your website and ALL of your posts. I have pinned and tried some of your tutorials- just need more time to try the rest- they are easy and fun.

    This pumpkin is beautiful. You did a magnificent job. Thank you for inspiring all to just do something even if you don’t know what you are doing. I love that kind spice- just try. I will go out and have fun at what I am doing today. Thank you.

    • Amy Moe September 21, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Also, your computer digital signature is a pretty display with the copyrighted symbol and swirls along with the Jones Design Company name- it would look great as a card along with your symbol/signature.

  58. Julie B September 21, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    U rock! Hope you don’t mind just posted this on one of my pinterest boards and gave you MAJOR credit!,

  59. Lydia September 21, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Great painting! You can actually make your own frame…extremely cheap. Buy any molding you like from lowes, get it cut on 45 degree angle, paint it, use wood glue to hold together & staples. I made one out of crown molding that was 6 ft. X 4 ft. & it costed $40.

  60. Rachel Palmbush September 21, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Um, Emily, are you kidding? This is amazing! I have a feeling paintings might be coming soon to your shop!

  61. shelley September 21, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Emily ~ it’s missing one other thing… the artist’s signature :)

  62. Harbormom September 21, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    P.S. I meant to also say that the ‘unfinished’ edge of the canvas gives an optical illusion of a ‘frame.’

  63. Harbormom September 21, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I am not, nor have I ever been a decorator. But I used to design needlepoint canvases and I taught smocking, heirloom and basic sewing/design to adult women for many years. Please, please, PLEASE don’t put a frame on that picture. As it hangs, the wall disappears from around the striking soft grey background, and the pumpkin is the absolute focal point. It’s stunning.

    • I'm With Harbormom September 22, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      I totally agree with Harbormom! Don’t frame it! It’s perfect as is!

  64. Erin September 21, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Your pumpkin is beautiful. Truthfully, you don’t need a frame. In its subtlety it has a monochromatic beauty that draws your eye to it.

  65. phillis September 21, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    great job…I’m inspired!

  66. Jen September 21, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Fantastic!!! Very impressive.

  67. Katherine Landreneau September 21, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Love it! Looks good just the way you have it hanging. Simplicity! Beautiful!

  68. Adrienne September 21, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Beautiful! I look for white pumpkins every year. :)

    Might try Hobby Lobby for framing if they are in your neck of the woods. They are my go-to place, and best of all can (depending on the frame chosen) do it while you shop and not break the bank. Perfect!

  69. kristin M September 21, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    shut up! that’s beautiful!!!!! maybe you will sell prints?

  70. Debra September 21, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    A.maz.ing! Love it. Wish I had time to try it!

  71. Anna September 21, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    That’s fabulous! Well done lady!

  72. Amanda L September 21, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Gorgeous, Emily! I was going to mention that places like michaels and Joanns typically stock frames for canvases, that come without glass. Theyre usually between 20-40$ and often on sale. Then you just need a hanging kit! Have fun!

  73. Laura @ Elegant Nest September 21, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I love your pumpkin painting! Looks beautiful hanging on your wall…frame or not!

  74. paige September 21, 2012 at 8:32 am #


  75. Natasha September 21, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    In our house…we save scrap baseboards from renovation projects and cut them to size to frame paintings. Not sure it would work on raised canvas but might be worth a try!

  76. Linda September 21, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Just the inspiration I needed! Beautiful! Looking for my paints and canvas now!

  77. Natalie September 21, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    I’ve been wanting a Halloween art piece above my fireplace and didn’t want to spend a ton on it. I think I will try my hand at something. Your pumpkin is amazing!

  78. Angela September 21, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    P.S. I love your bog and I made an ikea rug pillow last night!

  79. Sandy September 21, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I can’t believe it! My jaw dropped when I saw your gorgeous painting!
    Your kids will be fighting over who gets it when they move out to their own place!
    (My teens are already picking items that they will want when they leave the nest…
    and they have not even left yet ;)

    I myself am not a painter – walls yes, but not artistic… I have complaint many a times that I wish I was a painter!
    I will give it a try! Especially since I adore white pumpkins! They look so dreamy…

  80. Elizabeth September 21, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hi Emily! Whenever I want a large pretty frame and can’t afford “custom framing” I just go to Ross, Marshalls, or TJMaxx (or any discount home goods store) and purchase a peice of framed art (hopefully in the clearance section) that has a pretty frame. Then I remove the art and just use the frame. :) Hope that helps! Your painting is gorgeous!

  81. Angela September 21, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    EMILY (yelling) that is one very nice painting. You did an excellent job! I took one painting class and know how difficult it is to do a painting. You should be very proud, as you are and keep painting, I think you have something!

  82. Stefanie September 21, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I love this! I love white pumpkins!! I would totally hang this in my house during the fall!!

  83. Anne September 21, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Although it would look nice with a frame, I think it looks great without one! You really could go either way. Just depends on the overall look you’re going for.

  84. jane September 21, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE your pumpkin!!!

  85. shelly kennedy September 21, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    so beautiful!!!
    i love it!
    FALL perfection!

  86. Jessica September 21, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Wow, this is so inspiring… honestly! Not only is the picture gorgeous and an awesome accent for fall, I really love your message behind it. I’m an aspiring designer/decorator and have absolutely no training. I’m terrified to jump into the industry with no guideposts or real background, but this helps remind me that it IS possible and to just jump in and TRY. Thanks, Emily! I absolutely love reading your blog :)

  87. Cindy Lynn September 21, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Simply Beautiful! I love painting Pumpkins!

  88. Dori September 21, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    LOVE it! The colors are wonderful – very soothing and calm. This inspires me to want to paint, too!

  89. Estela September 21, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    WOW ! it looks amazing!

  90. Christy September 21, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I stared at the stem detail for at least a few minutes in awe. I’m gonna get my paint stuff out this weekend :)

  91. Judy September 21, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    wow! that is simply gorgeous! i’m hopeless at drawing but you are very talented.

  92. amber P September 21, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    This is absolutely gorgeous Emily!

  93. Pam @ Simple Details September 21, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    A perfect pumpkin ~ and your encouragement is just as inspiring!

  94. Alex @ Revedecor September 21, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Congratulations!! It seems so…real. If you want to sell it, let me know! ;)

  95. Cindy September 21, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    BeAuTiFul!! I would def. buy! ;)

  96. Jennifer September 21, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    So so so true! I couldn’t agree more. I tend to go with the flow on most of my projects. Some turn out awesome and some not so much. And that’s ok. Life is trial and error! The pumpkin is beautiful!

  97. Nancy September 21, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    I swwoned when I caught a glimpse on instagram, this is beautiful! I’ll take one please :)

  98. Laura September 21, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    this is amazing! way to go!

  99. Monica September 21, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Wow, your pumpkin painting is amazing!! You should definitely explore this natural talent. I am impressed with your shading and stem detail.

  100. Emily @pdr September 21, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    That looks great! I love the colors and feel of it. Keep it up :D

  101. annapolis September 21, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Just BEAUTIFUL, Emily! You should keep that up…your kids will love having your artwork someday in their own homes. I’m sure of it.

  102. Liz E. September 21, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Absolutely love this! You should have it made into prints–I would totally buy one!

  103. Tiffany September 21, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Your picture turned out so pretty, thanks for the encouragement too!

    • Serah Roy September 21, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      I was thinking the same thing! I would love to purchase a print of this! It’s beautiful! You’re so talented!

    • Serah Roy September 21, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Oops, I meant to reply to the comment under this one

  104. Mari Monroe September 21, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Looks AMAZING!

  105. melaine thompson September 21, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    are you kidding me???? SELL THOSE!!!!! You are so talented beyond belief! xoxo

  106. tiffani September 21, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Wow! I love that!! You should think about selling them. Great job, very impressed.

  107. Emily September 21, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Wow! Beautiful job!

  108. Amanda @ Dixie Delights September 21, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    Wow!! That is GORGEOUS!!! I had a painting this spring that was too pricey to frame so I hung it over planked stained wood and it looks great (in my opinion :-) ) You can see it here: http://dixiedelights.blogspot.com/2012/07/bellamys-oyster.html

    I’m almost inspired to try and paint a pumpkin now!!

  109. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline September 21, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    it turned out lovely Emily! i’m not a trained or naturally great painter either but I churned out some pretty awesome pieces in a basic art class I took in 12th grade. you never know until you try!

  110. leanne September 21, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Love the painting! Also – thank you for being an inspiration and for being such an encourager to all of your readers! Have a great weekend!

  111. Andrea September 21, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Love pumpkins and I really love yours! Thanks for the inspiration…I’ve been meaning to pull out the sewing machine anyway! :)

  112. Julie September 21, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Keep going. There is definitly something there! You are very talented.

  113. Kezia September 21, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    I’m so impressed, you are very talented!

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