Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Pumpkins

I'm not faking the cracked bones, honest!  however, with a cushion for my arm to rest on, I can get away with a furtive sketch and a bit of water colour painting in tiny amounts - provided I use my right hand to do the hard work to wet the paper, colour in the big areas, load and rinse the brush!


I am lucky to have the ability to use both hands for some things - I knew it would be useful one day! One handed ironing and leg waxing have been my accomplishments this week although it does take infinity!


There are a huge variety of pumpkins and squashes coming into our shops this month - I am finding them more interesting than flowers! and just cannot sit without painting - I think I would use my feet if I had to!


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The woods are right by my house, when I was awake in the small hours I heard an owl, would love to see him - maybe he will appear if I am very lucky.



Welcome, by the way to new followers - so pleased you like my ramblings and also thank you for all the comments - it really makes me feel cheery to think there are people all around the world who stop here with a cup of tea for a chat... I love to read about what's happening where you live, the season,  what you are growing, making and doing.



What are you planning for October? maybe a Halloween party, pumpkin carving? fancy dress?.






51 comments:

  1. We're planning afew days in the wild woods and then a big party! Kicking off this weekend with lunch for friends with pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie. I'm also starting an excititng new garland- well, it's exciting to me! have thus spent an hour looking up crochet patterns and the elusive puff stitch. But look what you can do with a serious injury. My bubble is burst- but not my pumpkin!

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    1. Dont let that bubble burst! you are doing so many lovely creative things - I will love to see your garland. We have some pumpkins but I won't be carving them this year - should be interesting!

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  2. Beautiful pumpkin painting, Betty!
    You are so gifted when it comes to color mixes!

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    1. Thankyou PomPom - I got the colours by looking at pictures of pumpkins on the internet - there is an amazing array of colours - in the UK we just get boring old orange ones but I have found all shades of red, white and green online.

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  3. great coloring on pumpkins and get well soon ...

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  4. G'day Betty. Just lovely. Take care. Liz...

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  5. My sister and I were just discussing yesterday about the fact that we can't sit without having a piece of knitting or crochet in our hands!I absolutely love your pumpkin paintings - colours are fab - a massive achievement with cracked bones!
    To magsmcc - the puff stitch is a pain!Hope you have more luck than I did :)

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    1. Thank goodness I don't need to worry about puff stitch or even learning to knit come to that - when I have generous friends in blogland that make things for me! Novelty of painting two handed wore off very quickly - I'm putting my feet up this week!

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    1. Hi Judy - I have been over to your blog this week and found some lovely work - you really are inspirational - I am so pleased for you selling your blackbird painting.

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  7. Dear Betty - just read your last post - this is hard I am sure. It is true when we are in a hurry or rushing things seem to go awry - hope you are not too miserable... your artistry doesn't look like it has suffered though - what stamina you have. Take care and get better soon.

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    1. thankyou so much Debbie. I'm not miserable at all - I think my little setback was the prevention of something much more serious if I hadn't had no choice but to slow down - I feel I have been made to stop and take stock and take more care. Life's too short for deadlines!

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  8. Beautiful pumpkins, wonderfully executed! HPPF!

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    1. Happy paint party friday too - I am not painting this week but will be along to look at what everyone has been doing tomorrow.

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  9. wonderfully portrayed pumpkins...owls are very shy aren't they? Hope you get to see him one day..I hear them at night too!

    xx

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    1. I have been looking up owls on the web - not all owls make hooty noises! I found a tape of owls and added to my soundtrack on here so you might here the odd hoot when you stop by depending on what's playing. Have you ever tried answering them by the way? It's great fun - it does seem they respond.

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  10. They are wonderful! I find it so hard to b this precise with watercolors. Awesome job!

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    1. Thankyou Natasha - to be honest I don't have much control over what comes onto the paper - it's almost like one of these supernatural auto-writing sessions! I just poise my brush and away it goes - never knowing what the result will be - I suppose that will come with more experience. The main thing is I enjoy it so much.

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  11. Stunning paintings. Hope your other arm gets better soon!!

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    1. Thankyou and thanks for visiting

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  12. Your pumpkins are realistic and the oranges and greens look beautiful together. And the way you used white is effective in contrast. Beautiful and so glad you have figured out how to do it with one hand.

    Feel better with that hurt hand.

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    1. Hi Nancy the colours came from pictures on the internet for inspiration - I imagine in the US you probably get a lot more varieties than we do with those big pumpkin farms? I have never actually seen a green pumpkin or a white one come to that! Using the white is a fun experiment - you shine a light on what you're looking at and decide where you want to highlight!

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  13. Beautiful pumpkin painting, loving the fab colourings. Happy PPF, Annette x

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    1. Happy PPF Annette, nice that you came to visit.

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  14. Sorry to hear that you are injured. It's wonderful that you are still able to paint. Your pumpkins are so pretty. BTW -- you should see how my cat perked up when I opened your blog page and the nature sounds began playing!

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    1. I put an owl hoot on the soundtrack - hope your cat likes it!

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  15. wonderful pumpkin painting ~ be well ~ ( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  16. wow, one handed leg waxing! it is hard enough, time consuming enough with two!

    Your paintings are lovely and wonderful in this season.

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    1. Ha I didn't progress to one handed eyebrow waxing though - that would be too risky! Thanks for visiting.

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  17. Wonderful Pumpkins! I love that you added the green one! Happy PPF!

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  18. Your pumpkins are great! The colors are fabulous. Great work with one hand. Hoping you get better soon. Happy PPF

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    1. Thanks for visiting Marji - I think that a left handed childhood where the schools in the 1960s were determined to make us all righthanded whether we wanted it or not has paid off!

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  19. Lovely autumn paintings, Betty!
    That's wonderful that you are ambidextrous!
    I am your newest blog follower, too!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. I should have said Welcome Mary - thankyou for following.

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  20. I'm so sorry about your shoulder but these are great! Happy PPF.

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    1. Thankyou Rita I'm glad you think so, I really appreciate your stopping to comment.

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  21. drawing and painting pumpkins is always wonderful... something about the shapes and colours that make it a pleasure... great work this week...xx

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    1. yes I have to say there's something magical about them - they feature in lots of childrens stories too and for me they represent warmth, comfort, and conjure up cosy images of witches cottages and log fires with pumpkin soup in big black collanders hanging over the fire!

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  22. Great pumpkins. I love your use of color!

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  23. I love pumpkins, yours are beautiful!

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    1. Thankyou for stopping by, glad you like them

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  24. Gorgeous Pumpkins Betty...Love your candid words and art :)
    HPPF:D
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thankyou Deepa - happy ppf to you too.

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  25. Lovely paintings Betty.
    (visiting from ppf)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Lillibean - It's lovely to have new visitors - PPF is a bit like a virtual art gallery don't you think!

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  26. I feel like I am visiting you personally with all the beautiful bird song I'm surrounded in. Your so lucky to live by the woods, a place of constant reflection for me and always inspiration. Your painting of the pumpkins is coming along nicely and I'm impressed how much you have accomplished so far with that injury, good for you!

    Hope you spot that owl, maybe take a snap shot and paint him as well : ) Take care and get better soon.

    Annabelle m^._.^m ~^..^~

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    1. Hello Annabelle thankyou for visiting, I'm pleased to know my blog feels personalised and has a stamp on it of 'me'! The birdsong is fun - if you click on the player icon somewhere way down the right side of this blog you can probably get a link to connect and make one too.

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