had fun and painted a pumpkin!
I envisioned how I wanted my piece to look, and worked through each step to make what I wanted.
I totally threw myself into this project headfirst full of excitement. I really enjoy painting, so I was beyond ready to do.. anything really. There were so many ideas I could go with, and I toyed with many ideas. Pinterest and Tumblr practically pulled me this way and that. Then, I saw a painted pumpkin that looked like a fish bowl.
That immediately gave me an idea. I didn't want a cutesy fish bowl but maybe something more sinister. Bloody palm? Clips from horror movies I've never actually seen flashed through my head. Murders in the shower = a streaky mess of red. Then with that, I thought of different containers I could turn my pumpkin into. I turned to Tumblr exclusively, and saw a goblet. There was the idea, I would make a goblet that was over flowing with..liquid. I made a really rough (and honestly terrible) sketch on my idea was made and I began envisioning an artistic masterpiece that would make people stare and gasp.
I took risks to make my artwork look better.
Unfortunately, there's a reason people plan out their projects. I was painting here, painting there, going to town to just be able to paint. Painting is something I'm definitely comfortable with, especially something so simple as the layers of grey and gold I was putting on the pumpkin. Getting to the jewels, I must give a thousand thanks to Mrs. Schumann for finding me some false jewels. Painting them would've been a challenge and a half. That was done, and now was the best part. The liquid dripping out. But, painting it would've required so many layers, since I wanted it thick. Mrs. Schumann to the rescue again, and I got to literally pour pure paint onto my pumpkin. Cue the excited giggles here, as I made a mess mixing the paint and pouring it. It was really weird to do, since I usually work with thin layers to add more and more details to my work. Literally pouring on a thick layer of paint was just shocking for me to do.
After doing this, the pumpkin looked awesome. I was super happy with it. My pumpkin has no theme, but I just loved looking at it. It was my pumpkin! I did it!
I sometimes think if I should've just taken the time to paint it all, so I could've added much more of the details I wanted. But at the same time, pouring on the paint was super fun and satisfying, and ended up looking pretty good as well.
I reflected on the work as I made it, honestly admitting mistakes.
When I paint, it's in layers. Grey undercoat, does it look good? Yes or no, and I go from there. So each coat of paint I put on was down after I paused to think about it. The biggest times I would pause and think about my next step or what I should fix would be before/after each new color layer. Grey to bronze to gold, I thought it out where it would go and the best way to apply it to each shape.
It was useful so I wouldn't get ahead of myself and end up painting the wrong part or just making the painting progress way harder than it needed to be.
It turned out that I have terribly shaky hands. Trying to put in small details was absolutely a nightmare. I wanted pretty, straight lines and instead passed off with putting the jewels near the mistakes so it looked like I had done it on purpose. Next time I paint I may stick to big, bright pieces instead of needing perfect details.