Watercolor Pumpkin, Part 2

Made by Rex Winn

I apologize for taking so long getting back to this. I wanted to show a few photos of our experiments with watercolor (not so much the pumpkin part!).

The reason I had an interest in watercolors on paper mache is I have painted with watercolors for 40 years. Any comments will be welcomed.

Blue and Yellow Pumpkins (same sculpture)
I painted the blue pumpkin, which began as yellow. I was showing Shellie my collection of pumpkins, and she said, “You know there are blue pumpkins.” Then a neighbor showed me one. I had to give it a try. I put no sealer on the yellow pumpkin, but when I decided to paint it blue, I wiped off as much as I could and then covered it with watercolor ground. When that was dry, I painted it in about fifteen minutes using cerulean, mixed in here and there a little cadmium red, cadmium yellow, and burnt sienna. The mix brightened and dulled the blue a little. I kept everything as light as I could get it. This was my favorite pumpkin ever.

Orange Pumpkin
This pumpkin was painted by Shellie. She did not use a sealer. She had no problem with the paints running. Every layer was very dry before quickly adding another layer.

Brownish Pumpkin
Ben painted this pumpkin (used in Watercolor Pumpkin – Part I). He tried the wet-in-wet approach, but the colors ran (blame gravity!) leaving the top lighter than the bottom. He settled on using a dry brush technique.

I liked all three pumpkins and thank my friends for joining me in this little experiment.

pumpkin made with paper mache clay

Pumpkin made with paper mache clay

Pumpkin made with paper mache clay

3 thoughts on “Watercolor Pumpkin, Part 2”

  1. Your pumpkins look so real!

    I love the subtlety of the colour wash and how it softens the body of the pumpkin. You must have a lovely collection.


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