Another pumpkin

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I have been enjoying painting my mini pumpkins and gourds! I am also enjoying this new composition for my still life work, it feels freeing in a way. New composition, new ideas, new themes, so much fun! Above is my loose sketch for a painting I completed last week. (oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches)
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Working on the underpainting, using a brush.
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Underpainting close-up
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After finishing the underpainting, I applied thicker paint with a brush and palette knife to render the pumpkin and the bowl. You can also see that I have worked on the knife.
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Spool of thread close-up
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The finished painting with the still life reference.
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There are many aspects of this painting that I really love. The simplicity is one of them. I have also added text which I haven’t done before. I didn’t want it to be too noticeable and take the focus away from the lovely pumpkin. The contrast of the orange and cream pumpkin in a blue-green bowl was deliberate. Even though the red is bold, it isn’t too distracting.

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