Monday, September 27, 2010

Illuminated Pumpkins

 watercolor on paper, 20 x 24
I think Fall is finally here!  The temperature has finally dropped from the triple digits into the 70's all in about a 24 hour period.  Inevitably our allergies are in full swing, but maybe our electric bill will be lower:)  I've been burning the midnight oil to get this painting finished.  I'm getting ready for my first two exhibits.  I have a lot framing to do in addition to everything else.  I've been trying to decide what to enter.  I'm excited and nervous.  I'd love to hear everyone's stories and any advice about your experiences.

This week I decided to paint my favorite Villeroy and Boch, glass blown, pumpkins.  I just love them.  I bought them when we lived in Europe at the Villeroy and Boch outlet.  I loved, loved, loved shopping there.  We bought all of our china there and lots of other trinkets.  Our china was featured in my Hydrangea still life. I just love decorating for Fall and including these gems into my decor.  I think the glow that cascades across the marble is pretty incredible.  It's firey and glowing and just makes me feel like Fall is here.

I'm re-posting last weeks painting because it is my October entry for the Artists Helping Artists monthly challenge.  It's a great challenge, by the end of it, I should have enough paintings to have a calendar.
 Steven painted some wooden leaves this week.  We are going to do a lovely Fall project with these, so stay tuned to see what we do with these beauties.

Also this is your last chance to enter Crystal Cook's fabulous contest.  She does incredible work, who wouldn't want to have their own Crystal Cook original.  It's very easy to enter, only takes a minute.  When you enter please let her know I sent you:)

Thanks to all my followers new and old!  It is so awesome to hear such great feedback.  It is so motivational.  It is terrific to have a support system.

See you next week.



  1. Marvelous, Carrie. Don't know how you, Crystal Cook and Tracy Hall do it. Such beautiful watercolor paintings. You are all an inspiration to me.

  2. I'm so impressed by how wonderful your glass is! In this and in your apple painting your depiction of glass is awesome!

  3. Carrie- Love the blog, and also love the way you are bringing Steven's interest in!

  4. That is STUNNING! Look at that light! Just gorgeous Carrie. I think this is my favorite one yet! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    You're doing awesome!!! :)

  5. Yay, Carrie and Steven! The pumpkins are luminous, Carrie, and I can't wait to see what happens with those leaves. I hope you'll show us.

  6. Carrie you did an amazing job with the light, reflections and textures. A wonderful painting; I want to touch that cool glass.

    Congrats on the exhibits!

  7. My words will not be enough to describe how beautiful it is.

  8. Carrie,

    1 ° I like your so personal watercolors. These pumpkins are magnificent. The transparency is enviable. Colors are twinkling.

    2°I am sure that your exhibition is very well going to take place. I wish you a lot of success.
    The frame is important also... Good courage! There are happy moments to come.

    3°I put your blog in direct link on mine not to miss any more your novelties. I am a FAN!

    4 ° Chrystal's portraits are magnificent. I am following her blog also.

    Kind regards.

  9. Love this!! Great fall color and beautiful light!

  10. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments.

    Carol-I'm honored that you grouped me with such terrific artists.

    design traveller--Thank you!

    Virginia, Thank you I love the challenge of glass.

    Mrs. Fritz--aka Julie Thanks so much, I'm glad you stopped by:)

    Crystal--My constant supporter, I'm thrilled you like this one.

    Elizabeth, we will be sure to post pics of our Fall project.

    Deborah--Thanks so much! I've done my job if you feel like you can reach out and touch the pumpkins:)

    Prabal--That is so nice!!

    Olivia, Thank you so much, I'm honored to be on your blog list.

    Becky--Your work is amazing, Thanks for stopping by, now I'm following your blog. Love seeing other watercolors.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog and best wishes for your show. Keep us posted.

  12. Carrie,
    Those Pumpkins are so beautiful... I just can imagine if they were vases and full of candies :)
    Thank you,

  13. Carrie!

    These glass pumpkins look luminescent and so cool!

    And I adore Steven's colorful leaves too!

    Great job to the pair of you!


  14. Absolutely wonderful Carrie! Beautifully painted !

  15. I'm speechless Carrie. this is an amazing painting.!! Beautifully done.!

  16. I don't have words to comment this pumpkin...If i live near to you ,sure I would love to look this in person....beautiful and its illum title sits welllllll..

  17. Thanks everyone:) I'm so glad that you stopped by! I appreciate your comments, it makes my day:)

  18. Wow Carrie, brilliant artwork yo have here! Glad I found your blog through Olivia Quintin. Enjoyed looking at some of your work but will have to come back for more!!

  19. Thank you Anudeepa! I'm flattered that you like it so much:)

    Colette, welcome! Thank you so much for your comments. I'm thrilled to have you as a follower.

  20. gorgeous light! good luck on your exhibits. all of your pieces show your unique style, my favorite at the present is the candy corns.

  21. Thanks Liana, So glad you stopped by and I'm always happy to hear which painting people like. I'm enjoying your blog:)

  22. 2 Beautiful paintings Carrie, love how you capture the light. Good luck with your exhibits, I'm sure you'll do great. And thank you for visiting my blog, always nice to get feedback.

  23. Breathtaking. Your use of light is stunning and very inspiring. I think I need to go paint now.