19 November 2009

patient pumkins


12x9 oil on canvas paper


These little guys have been sitting around for a month, waiting to pose. (There was a third, a jack-be-little, but he was jack-be-squishy by this time.) I bought them because of their interesting, spooky hats. I figured I better paint them before they rot, or I rot. I'm more than a little rusty. I don't feel like I'm quite finished, but my sore neck forces me to stop. Painting that flying-kite of a leaf, and allowing it to remain happily underdeveloped, was my favorite part.

14 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

Yes... I think that's a special talent... painting just enough so that the viewer completes the picture... Perfect Dar!!
So glad to see your work and your words again!!

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Barbara Pask said...

You do not appear to be rusty at all, this is wonderful. I love your sense of humor, "Jack be squishy" haha

Sheila Vaughan said...

This is a wonderful little painting Dar. I love the way you have intensity of colour and form in the centre moving out to looseness and the understated leafy foliage around it.

Dar Presto said...

Thanks, Mar. I tend to paint a little too long, so this worked out to my advantage.

Barb, thank you. Your encouragement means a lot.

Sheila, you've given me something to think about. I'm always hoping to learn something from each piece, and I don't always see the lesson. Thank you!

Don Coker said...

Lovely, Dar! Simply lovely.

Dar Presto said...

Thank you very much, Don!

Connie said...

Lovely painting, Dar. More defined in the center and looser toward the edges - really great! And I LOVE the stems and the leaf - beautiful line quality!

Dar Presto said...

Thank you so much, Connie!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Jack Be Squishy would be a good name for a rock band.

This is lovely, Dar. Good job!

Dar Presto said...

Lol, nearly once a day, my kids and I say "that's my next rock band." :)
Thanks.

Jala Pfaff said...

Jack-be-squishy, hahahahaha!
This is wonderful.

Dar Presto said...

Thanks, Jala!
I can't tell ya how many times my still life victims die before I get around to immortalizing them. :)

Lastri said...

Nice paintings . . appreciate your work alot . . .