My beautiful pumpkin

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I have been fighting the flu for a few days and it seems the flu is winning, so I thought some Vitamin D from the sun might help me out a bit. Luckily it is a beautiful fall day with the sun shining and I decide to sit on my front lawn to soak in some rays.  I notice the pumpkin I just purchased sitting by the front step and think what a great time to do a quick sketch of my pumpkin and get some sun at the same time.  Pumpkins are such great shapes, the lines from the pumpkin stem radiate out and holds the pumpkin like legs of a spider.  It reminds me for a second of Louise Bourgeois spider sculptures.  I grab my sketch book and some Stabilo markers I have not used before. The pumpkin is sitting by my miniature weeping bridal veil tree so it is mostly in shadow, although the sun is able to make it around the leaves and fall in bright yellow oval shapes on the pumpkin. I added the brown swirls because I love the energy they bring to the pumpkin! Happy Fall!

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About mjnicole

After an eighteen year career in museums and education, I have picked up my paintbrushes again and am capturing the beauty of the Berkshires (western Massachusettes) and beyond. My blog "Journey of an Artist" is about the artwork I create and the inspiration I find. I work predominantly with oils now; I value the richness and depth of the colors. I love to travel and I photograph the captivating landscapes and scenes and then paints from the photographs. My latest body of work feature barns in the Berkshires. I live in the Berkshires with my husband, my daughter Olivia and son Luke.

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