"I would rather sit on a pumpkin
and have it all to myself,
than to be crowded on a velvet cushion...."
~Henry David Thoreau
|7.5 x 9.5, "Thoreau, Pumpkin Sitter", painted in oils for Oct's Nibblefest Art Contest|
Several months have come and gone since I last entered the Nibblefest Art Contest. I never intentionally blow it off, and for so long -- but often time does just get the best of me, as it did this long (though it actually seemed so short!) and mega-busy summer. No matter, it's always there for me to come back to whenever I can...., which I finally did this month with its "Pumpkins" theme. What better way to celebrate 'Pumpkins' than with these wise words by the venerable Mr. Henry David Thoreau? As a person who tries to practice Voluntary Simplicity whenever I can in my own life, I can so relate to this quote. Thus we have here my little personal homage, as always painted in loving (if slightly irreverent) tribute:
I had the perfect plaque for this, one that I dug deep out of storage -- an aged one, of slightly weathered wood. I had to scrape off some faded, generic print that was hopelessly stuck to it, sanding it down to a smooth finish. The slightly rough condition seemed most fitting for this project -- I wanted a folksy feel -- plus in the spirit of Simplicity I tried to use minimal paint and really let the grain show through....
Longtime readers might recall this portrait I painted from a few years back, for Nibblefest's "Forest Creatures" theme in August of 2014:
|Portrait of H.D.Thoreau, August 2014|
It's been nearly exactly two years since that one so I figured the time was nigh for another visit to that fascinating face.
So much expression in those expansive eyes....:
|Mr. Henry David Thoreau|
RIP, Mr. Henry D.
|"Thoreau, Pumpkin Sitter"|