Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin Time

I love this time of year. The weather is mercifully cooler, the trees are exploding with fall color, Halloween is coming, and of course there are pumpkins. There's something therapeutic about pumpkins. They're a cheery orange, they have an organic, earthy appeal, and no two are alike. What's not to like. As those who know me can attest I especially enjoy carving these gargantuan gourds.

This year I'm up to my elbows in pumpkins as I try to meet my obligations to clients. So far I've carved out about ten big pumpkins, and I have a few more to go. I use a surface carving technique where I cut my designs through just the skin of the pumpkin. I don't bother cutting open and scooping out the guts. After carving and painting I use a sealant to preserve my pumpkins, giving them a respectable shelf life. Last year one of my clients kept their pumpkin on display until May! They typically last until Christmas or so.

Here are some of this year's crop 'O carved pumpkins:


  1. Paul-
    I really miss your artistic skills, please keep posting these, I am always amazed by your work, buddy!
    Luke B

  2. your pumpkin designs are fabulous! and that's a super idea to put a sealant on them to make them last longer! :)))

  3. hello!
    i wrote to you a couple of emails.
    and now i am worried
    or perhaps you change your email address???
    i wanted to thank you for my beautiful card and also to let you know about other silly things and also about my new blog but i haven't heard from you :-(
    i hope everything is fine and you are just busy with life
    many hugs!