2016 Pumpkin – Halloween, oil pastel

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”Pablo Picasso

My usual pumpkin painting is of the serious kind, but this year I thought why not have some fun.  Pablo had the right idea – I’ve taken it a step further, keeping the child-like fun in the grown-up artists creation ~

2016 Pumpkin – Halloween, is an oil pastel (4.5 x 7) that was painted on ochre tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  A still life of pumpkins took a dramatic turn when a daylight scene turned into a misty moon-lit evening sky and overhead well – a crying shrill could be heard from the local witch riding her broom.  “Ah my little ones  .   .   .”

Here is to all those little ghosts and goblins who will “Trick or Treat” ~ Happy Halloween!


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68 Responses to 2016 Pumpkin – Halloween, oil pastel

  1. it’s my loss that i did not see this! how fun, full of whimsy and color!

  2. Haven’t seen a post in a while. Are you well, Mary?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia – so nice to see you and can’t thank you enough for thinking of me. It’s been a long Fall and Winter, not much art has been done but I’m working my way back into it. Hope you are well my friend and writing! Happy New Years to you and best wishes for a wonderful new year. Take care ~

  3. I of July says:

    Speaks to the child, woman, man, being. An image which makes you feel youthful and yet calculated in the exercise of reason. Simply amazing. Happy holidays to you Mary and the family. Thank you always sharing quality. Cheers!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Heath for your generous comment. Happy New Years to you and look forward to reading your amazing writings. Best wishes for the great new year my friend.

  4. I love the wit in this painting, Mary.

  5. Christy B says:

    This one is such fun, Mary! I love the witch flying through the hazy night. SMILING 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    I love this painting, Mary! Beautifully done. I didn’t see this one showing in my reader…

  7. The flying witch looks amazing…it has given the pumpkins the needed ‘spooky’ feel… 🙂

  8. Love that flying witch…and the colours…

  9. Resa says:

    Pumpkins perfect for Hallow’een! 😀 Thank you Mary! Don’t eat too much candy.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Resa!!! I am still eating it – yikes, not good!! But I ran 3.25 miles today, so I’ll hopefully work it off as quick as I put it on – NOT!! Have a wonderful week ahead ~

  10. Delightful, delightfully magical, love the fun part, love Picasso! Happy Halloween to you and yours my dear friend! Hugs~Eva

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thank you so much and am happy that you enjoyed the painting. It was different, but so much fun to experiment with a little freedom from my usual work. Hope you have a great week ahead my friend. Thanks again!!

  11. jvandervlugt says:

    Sweet!!!!! Love what you’very done here. The pumpkins are such a pretty colour and the twisted stem 😊. The witch in the background…love it all.

  12. Gallivanta says:

    Spooky fun. Happy Halloween.

  13. Such a delightful interpretation of Halloween, Mary. Have a good one. xx

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sylvia – thanks very much!! We did have a fun Halloween more children visited than prior last couple of years. Hope you are well and your eye is healing – have a great week ahead!

  14. Good morning Mary – I LOVE this:) and Picasso’s quote is one of my all time favourites….hope you are having a wonderfully creative weekend…janet…

  15. This has certainly got the magical Mary touch! I love it! Happy Halloween…Boo!

  16. restlessjo says:

    Ethereal and lovely! Happy Halloween, Mary 🙂

  17. MAGNY TJELTA says:

    Lovely Halloween drawing –and so beautiful and cool!
    Have a happy Halloween.

  18. Louise says:

    Mary … I’ve seen plenty of pumpkins but no flying Witches on broomsticks . Yet …
    Lovely magic here !

    • Mary says:

      Hi Louisa , oh yes could you just imagine looking up at the sky and Halloween night and seeing the flying figure! How funny and just a little bit spooky! Thanks so much ~ hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  19. I like the turn you’ve taken in your traditional pumpkin painting by including this whimsical witch. She adds that “what if..?” which is the spookiness of the season. But she’s not scary at all…she looks like she knows where she’s going, in a misty, ethereal sort of way….

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cynthia, it was a fun piece to do. I like your read on the painting as the witch passes through . . wonder where she’ll park her broom?

  20. I’ve never been a big Halloween person. BUT, if I was going to purchase something, I could certainly be persuaded to look at this lovely and cute painting. Love the witch on the broom. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Judy, appreciate the compliment. The witch came to the scene at the last minute and then kind of stole the show. Have a wonderful weekend.

  21. I have been missing your posts but glad I found this one this morning. It is lovely and so full of mystery – well done! Happy Halloween to you also!

  22. dsaquarelles says:

    It’s charming! I like so much the discreet witch!

  23. Susan Feniak says:

    Like the quote. Happy Halloween 👻 Have fun!

  24. Ogee says:

    Bewitching! And fun. 🙂

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