Setup for painting "Splotchy Pumpkin" -- 10/28/11
"Splotchy Pumpkin" -- oil on canvas 18x24" -- Margie Guyot
We had 2 bouts of sleet in the morning. It was very gloomy and wet. Then all of a sudden the clouds moved out about noon and voila -- dazzling sunshine! Hallelujah! I knew what I wanted to paint....
Last month I found this wonderful pumpkin in the Garden Center at Home Depot. It was $8 -- highway robbery! -- but it was just too cool to pass up. I'd seen other big "Cinderella" type pumpkins before, but none with these green splotches. It's a big one, too. Heavy. I knew it would be a great subject to paint.
As with "Warty Pumpkin" (see previous post), I knew it would be more challenging to set it out on the front lawn to paint, as opposed to setting it on a white cloth. But the green grass and colored leaves are just too marvelous to leave out! I guess this would qualify as a "plein air still life".
Normally I try to limit my canvas sizes in plein air to small, such as 8x10". But this big pumpkin just had to be painted on a larger format! Scrounging around in the back room, I managed to find a nice 18x24" blank, gallery-wrapped canvas.
All of us "up north" artists are hoping for sales in this wretched economy, but I've decided to just paint what I just LOVE. I don't know how many people would want to buy a painting of a pumpkin, but I just know that someday people will be fighting over them!