6x8 oil on canvas board
This is a painting I finished around Halloween. My wife and I took the kids to pick out some pumpkins to decorate. My youngest son picked this pumpkin out. The stem caught my eye. He was less than thrilled that I wanted to paint it. But after some negotiation (and a bribe that involved candy), he agreed to let me borrow it.
After drawing in the pumpkin and the book, I began by painting the pumkin itself. I started on the bottom at the darkest point and moved up toward the lighter areas. Then I painted the stem and the background. The stem was difficult, and I am still not happy with it; a little too dark. I finished by painting the book, where I tried really hard to capture the texture on the face. It actually has little raised fluer-de-lis all over the cover. I hope you enjoy the painting!