We will be going over to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and I was asked to bring a pumpkin pie.  Not sweet potato, nor another kind of squash, but specifically pumpkin.  And just as there are many ways to make a pumpkin pie, there are also several ways to paint pumpkins.

As I walked through the markets this fall, the shapes and colors of all the squashes, gourds, pumpkins, and Indian corn called out to me to paint an autumn still life.  I set up the scene and painted it directly, using whatever colors from my palette that seemed “right.”

Autumn Still Life, watercolor, 10" x 14"

Autumn Still Life, watercolor, 10″ x 14″

And because my students were asking about painting with a triad of colors, I painted the same set-up using only three pigments, a red, a blue, and a yellow.  I was able to produce all the colors I needed with just the three pigments.  I also changed the direction of the light and tried to emphasize the pears instead of the pumpkin, with this as the result:

Autumn Still Life #2, watercolor, 10" x 14"

Autumn Still Life #2, watercolor, 10″ x 14″

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!