Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween



Halloween is pretty much a non event at my house.  With no small children at home and living pretty far off the beaten track to tempt trick or treaters, Halloween becomes just another night.

However, I had bought some miniature pumpkins a couple of weeks ago as painting material and took one of them to sacrifice as a seasonal decoration.  A little carving and a small tealight and this was the result.  I always find jack o'lanterns appealing and the variety and skill levels of carving that is around, each one out does the last one I've seen. 

Keeping seasonal, this is a small drawing of a lit pumpkin and reflection that I played around with a few weeks ago using coloured pencils on black Artagain paper, about 4 x 8 inches.  It is sooo difficult to photograph anything on black paper!



And what is Halloween without a cat in the mix? After rushing around this afternoon dealing with personal issues, I took some time to start a portrait of Tripod on a last piece of watercolour paper that I had in a pad, 12 x 16.  I've just laid down some washes and will see how the colours and washes work to depict fur without getting too heavily into detail.



And finally, some little stories to spook you before you venture out into the night...

Excerpt from St. John's Haunted Hike website:
This story concerns an odd phenomenon at Coaker's monument in Port Union South, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. The site is the private Coaker graveyard, and to my knowledge only four people "reside" there. As a youth I noticed that on days where not the slightest breeze was blowing, a sudden gusty wind would spring up upon entry through the gates to the graveyard....

5 comments:

Chris Beck said...

Haven't been keeping up with blogs lately, but stopped to see what you've been up to and just have to say how much I like everything!! The pumpkin caught my eye in the thumbnails in my sidebar, and it's a wonderful appetizer for all the other work you've been doing.

RHCarpenter said...

Great pumpkin drawing - he looks like a happy guy, not scary at all. Love the cat, too...the eyes have it!
Happy Halloween! It's good to not have to buy tons of candy for the little beggars after years of doing it, maybe I'll have to move to Newfoundland?

Jennifer Rose said...

nice job with the reflection on the pumpkin :) and your carving looks great.

Halloween here is starting to be a more common thing, but still not as popular as it is in north america. Not giving out candy though as the kids here on the whole don't even say thanks just expect the candy. :/

sue said...

Just delightful! It saddens me sometimes how Halloween is a non-event in many places now, Jeanette--we rarely get more than a small handful of kids who show up, but then I'm gone, too, most Halloweens. I guess I just have fond memories of all the dressing up as kids. Great pumpkins!

Teresa Mallen said...

Great job on your carving Jeanette! I am in awe of the elaborate designs people carve these days. I guess most come from patterns but still...

The pumpkin drawing is delightful and Tripod looks gorgeous already!