|Jesus Pumpkin "Come Unto Me"|
|Jesus Pumpkin in the light|
|Art Club Painting Pumpkins|
|More Art Club Pumpkins|
The houses on Route 619 approaching Hartville are growing ghosts, goblins and ghouls. A flying witch replete with broom annually wraps herself around a telephone pole on the North side of the road. You'd think she'd navigate more adeptly after all these years. Besides the shimmering fall colors washing the trees, I love to see pumpkins standing sentinel on front stoops up and down the street.
Now, I have to confess that as an art teacher, I'm not a lover of pure orange. I think it has something to do with traffic cones and they way they stress me out when driving. However, pumpkin orange elicits a warmer personal response evoking the smell of baking pumpkin pies, and sipping lattes in front of a crackling fireplace. The iconic fall symbol transcends Halloween hoopla and speaks of harvest and changing seasons.
The carved pumpkin above was completed in about 4 hours using a free pattern from http://www.pumpkinglow.com/. Sr. High Art Club painted theirs this year to excellent effect.