Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkins Please

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  Sr. High Art Club painted theirs this year to excellent effect. 

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