These two just seem to go together!
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?
It’s that time of year. Beware the pumpkin bird..or is it a bat? Not even the artist knows!
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.
Original 4″ X 4″ watercolor on board with easel. $28 in my Etsy shop.
Day 30 Yay!! Now I can take a rest. I feel like I’ve really grown as an artist. I like the work I did this challenge better than what I started with the last challenge in January. Leslie will have to do this again so I can keep improving! I almost doubled the number of people following my blog for which I am grateful. In means so much to me to have someone look at my creative efforts. I hope you will keep checking out what I’m doing in the days and weeks ahead.
I am especially grateful for all of you that sent such nice, supportive comments on my paintings. It has really given me the confidence to keep trying. I thank you for that. I will keep painting and I will keep quilting. And I will try to believe that the best is yet to come!
Here is my last painting for awhile. It is larger than the rest and I really tried to push myself to do my best work for the 30th painting. I love color, pumpkins, houses, funky birds and quilting. I tried to get them all in this last one.
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.
So why am I quilting pumpkins in June? Well, this block design has been going around in my head for weeks. I love the Fall colors and pumpkins. And since our guild bi-annual quilt show is this October, I thought a pumpkin quilt would be just the thing. So I thought I would start by making one block and see how it goes.
The pumpkin itself is pieced from strips to make it scrappy. I created the stem and the black “border” (really a block within a block) with improvisational piecing to give it a wonky look. I used machine applique (with a wide satin stitch) for the leaf and vine. I also had some fun with the machine quilting.
This small wall hanging will go in the silent auction at the show. I’m hoping to make the quilt about twin sized. I have a few other quilts I have designed (in my head) that I would like to make as well. I’m not a very fast piecer, so we’ll see what happens. I’ll post my progress and maybe that will keep me on track as the summer progresses.