Several years ago our friends grew such a splendid pumpkin that I asked if I could put it in a painting. It was a beautiful heirloom Marina di Chioggia slowly changing colour from blue grey to golden orange as I worked replicating it over the next month or so.
Painting for me is always a very slow process so I’m afraid our friends didn’t get their pumpkin back, since by the time I had finished, it had begun to rot from the underneath but it lasted long enough to be immortalised in watercolour.
I was just beginning to grow vegetables and added a few of smaller pumpkins from my garden to the painting; Jack be Little, Baby Bear and an unripe Austrian Oil Seed. Terracotta pots, silvereye birds and red onions followed but the painting was put aside for several years while I had more pressing jobs to complete. Then someone came along who wanted it, so it has finally been finished.
Here is a detail of one of the seed packets part way through.
And a bit further along..
I had to set up some substitute pumpkins to help get my shadows right since the original pumpkins were long gone. This is a photo of the shadow setup.
And now, the completed painting.