Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stepping Out Jack

I tried something new in the studio this past weekend with paint.  I have been creating lumina or moon pumpkins (cream colored) for the last several years and I decided to try some golden colors with orange and black to see if I liked the look.  "Stepping Out Jack" is the first pumpkin figure painted in this color palette.  The coloration is similar to several gourd/squash heads I have previously painted, so I'm thinking I still need to go more orange toned on the next piece. 

I am also having lots of fun with the smaller pumpkins I'm adding to the pieces, but realized while looking at this photograph they appear sort of "shrunken head" like when being held by the stem by the seated pumpkin boy.   I swear my smiling pumpkin boys are not head hunters or cannibals...although that did just give me an idea for a new piece!      


Hope you like this new fellow!!

Have a great week!
Laurie

15 comments:

Judy C said...

Jack is great but then I love any of your work that I see.

Chicken Lips said...

I love the "Shrunken Head" thing!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you Judy!

Of course you would David...we both have slightly warped minds!! HA!!

Lucys Baby said...

He's wonderful and his lil bud of a pumpkin. I like the colors.

Len said...

Looking good Laurie. Try a deep red orange for the background and tone it back with your lighter colours. I've used some outrageous colours as my base coat.

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you Lucys Baby.

Actually Len, I'm planning on using a yellow orange with a lighter orange and then using the red orange for accenting and glazing. I like working light to dark so I can see the effect the darker glazes are gradually having on the underpainting. I can better decide when it has reached the "look" I want when I work this way. It took me over 50 years to figure that out, but it works for me.

Leanne E said...

He is gorgeous, Laurie! Now I just need to win the lottery so I can fly down to do some shopping during Ghoultide Gathering :)

Michele Lynch Art said...

Love him Laurie! He looks like he just plucked the pumpkin head off the headless horseman lol!

Brandi McKenna said...

Isn't it funny what we see in our own work? one thought leads to a new idea! I never would have guessed this was a new color,...but love it!

yoborobo said...

I love that he is holding the pumpkin head! And the new colors are very warm - beautiful! xox Pam

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you Leanne...oh do try to come to Ghoultide if possible. It is such a wonderful atmosphere and the artists are so generous in spirit. It's a special place.

Michele...I have a drawing already done for a headless horseman figure. Are you reading my mind?!! HA!

Brandi, This is one of the reasons I like doing a big show instead of selling everything monthly. It gives me the time to look over a period of weeks, and let the wheels turn that seem to inspire new and more creative pieces. Wow, you have got your plate full this year! Love that you are soaring!

Pam, I sweetie!! I need to come visit your blog and see what you have been up to. I've been at the studio table so much I'm not on the computer like I use to be and miss seeing and reading about your creations. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day all!
Laurie

Lance said...

I've always loved your color choices, and this is no exception. Have fun experimenting!

Cindy said...

How can you purchase your artwork if you are unalbe to attend the Ghoultide gathering? I am interested in your snowmen figures as well as your halloween

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you Lance!!

Cindy, the best way to know what I have available and when, on PFATT Marketplace, eBay or the EHAG Emporium, is to sign up for my email notification at
monkeycatsstudio@charter.net (or click in the right hand column on my blog on the address) and send me a quick note you would like to be added. As work becomes available I send out notifications 24 to 48 hours ahead of time to alert collectors. Thank you so much for your interest!!
Laurie

pjhornberger.com said...

I love this guy! He is so fabulous! you go girl!