23 of 30 : eek!

Still trying to catch up.  This little painting (and I mean little–only  2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) was painted on a new (for me) medium called Stampbord.  It’s made my Ampersand and says to use it with stamps, inks, embossing etc.  It did not say watercolor, but I tried it anyway.  The surface is slick, like Yupo paper–only it’s mounted on 1/8″ board.  I wasn’t too adventurous with it this time.  Maybe tomorrow.

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Day 19 of 30: Autumn Block

I just love the colors of Fall and especially pumpkins.  And I miss them now that I’m living in the desert.  It’s still Summer here with highs near 100 this weekend.   I know that many of you are starting to see the colors change.  Enjoy them for me, won’t you?

Autumn Block by Pam Schoessow

Autumn Block by Pam Schoessow

Halloween Quilt for my Classroom

I was going through my quilting stash and found this Halloween panel that I must have bought years ago.  It was time to make something from it, so I added some 5″ charm pack squares to the sides and some of my favorite Halloween fabric for the top and bottom borders.  I think it will fit nicely on my classroom door.

Made by Pam Schoessow

Made by Pam Schoessow

IMG_1131 IMG_1130 I think the kids will like it.   Now I’ll have to make one for every holiday!  Stay tuned.

Don’t forget the sale in my Etsy shop:  BluePumpkinStudio.com

Day 29: Pumpkin Harvest

I get a lot of inspiration from quilting–even quilting fabric.  This picture was inspired by a piece of printed fabric I bought over 10 years ago.  I still intend to use it in a quilt–someday.   I think there are a lot of great artists out there designing fabric.  In my dreams, I would be one of them!Pumpkin Harvest

Day 22: Yupo Pumpkin

What is a Yupo Pumpkin?  It’s a watercolor pumpkin on Yupo paper!  I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new today.  Sandy Sandy another (fabulous!) artist in this challenge send me some samples of this paper that really lets the watercolor stay on the surface and facilitates blending colors.  Sandy makes such wonderful paintings with this paper.  Maybe I wasn’t that adventurous for my 1st attempt, but I’m still pleased with the results.Yupo Pumpkin

 

Celebrate Autumn

I think this will be my last Autumn painting for awhile.  The leaves are just starting to turn on the red maple at the end of my driveway.  As I observe the changing colors, I am reminded of what a glorious world we all live in.

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I went out last week to a farm stand in Wisconsin and bought 10 pumpkins of various sizes.  Then I stopped at Walmart and got several inexpensive mums.  This is how I decorated by my front door.  It won’t win any awards, but it makes me happy.

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I used an antique wooden ironing board that I got years ago as a plant stand.

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The quilt was an inexpensive buy off of Ebay.  It’s in pretty ragged condition, but it looks great by the front door.  And I don’t worry about it getting dirty or faded.  

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I have several vintage quilts that I use on my front porch.   I change them with the seasons.   It helps establish me as the “quilting house” for my long arm customers.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Happy Fall!

 

 

 

A Sunflower, and Crow and a Pumpkin

Day 24.  Can’t believe this challenge is almost over.  The big question is:  Will I keep on painting?   I thought I would move on from the Fall theme, but I must admit I am a sucker for anything Fall-ish.  This little painting is of some table decor I bought last year.   They are so cute I couldn’t resist painting them.  They stand about 6 inches tall and live on my piano at the moment.    When I got out my Fall decorations box a few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find them.  It’s often like that.  I buy something, but after putting it away for a year, I forget all about it.  So it was fun to experience the “new” find when I opened the box.  I wonder what “new” Christmas stuff I will find in a couple of months.

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Do Pumpkins Grow on Trees?

Day 19

Pumpkins, acorns and sunflowers—what an unusual tree!  The blackbird likes it.  Puts him in that Autumn mood.

I promise I will paint something without a pumpkin  before this challenge is over.  For now, I’m still loving those pumpkins!Image

Mr. Scarecrow

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the colors.  I love pumpkins.  I love anything with an autumn flavor.  And even though it’s still officially summer, it’s September and that signals Fall to me.

Today is the beginning of the  Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I started my blog after her similar challenge in January.  Even though I’ve been painting just a year, I feel like I’ve come a long way from my first attempts just a few months ago.

Since I do love Autumn, expect to see a lot of Fall subjects in the next 30 days.  My mind is bursting with ideas.  I just hope I can keep having them for the next month.

Today’s pic is Mr. Scarecrow.  I’ve just always liked scarecrows, crows and pumpkins, so this pic was a natural.Image