Happy Little Pumpkin

Day 28 - Halloween Pumpkin Inktober Watercolor - Doodlewash

Today’s doodlewash is a bit of a collaboration between Philippe and I. We were at Trader Joe’s and I spotted pumpkins and then suddenly remembered that it was today’s Doodlewash prompt. Since I wanted to sketch a Halloween pumpkin, I begged him to carve one for me. I was pointing at the medium-sized pumpkins at the front of the store, but neither of us wanted to carry one around the whole time in our shopping bags. As we were nearly finished shopping, we passed the little pie pumpkins and decided this would do just fine. A large carved pumpkin is a bit ridiculous, since we’ve no tricker treaters where we live in the city. And ever since I was a little kid, I never liked that my new jack-o-lantern friend was relegated to the front porch and not hanging out indoors with me. So this happy little guy is now sitting on our dining room table waiting for his candle to be lit later and truly make his debut. It’s been a lovely weekend and it seems fitting that since it started with a candle, it should end with one as well.

Philippe and I always walk through Target on our weekly Trader Joe’s trip. It’s pretty much the only way we celebrate Halloween month, since we don’t attend parties. It’s fun to see all of this year’s costumes and the little contraptions available to purchase. We don’t buy any of it, but just enjoy pressing all of the buttons to see what creepy or silly thing awaits. This was the last weekend to enjoy these things, of course, as Christmas will be taking over as soon as November begins. In truth, Christmas doesn’t really wait for Halloween to end properly anymore here in America and has already been popping up at retail stores. Ready to merrily push all of those pumpkins off the shelf as soon as possible. And I find it all perfectly fun and wonderful, transporting me back to childhood and wonderful times. Though anymore, it’s mostly just Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving still provides a nice opportunity to celebrate in November and a way to practice making the dishes that will inevitably repeat themselves come December.

In our house, of course, our Christmas is a bit more French, so that makes our Thanksgiving dinner rather unique and special. I adore how Philippe and I have combined our traditions and made them something unique to us. During this time of year, I get to relive not only my own childhood, but his as well. And that makes it my absolute favorite time of all. Together, we get to be kids again and enjoy those favorite cherished moments from our youth. He gets to enjoy the fun of carving a pumpkin, something he never experienced before coming here. And I get to enjoy his glee in the process, all the while avoiding sharp objects which I’ve never really mastered. And last night we actually had our much anticipated family popcorn night, enjoying our newest Halloween tradition of watching the fabulous Pixar movie called Coco. A movie that spins a beautiful story of love and family. And as I sit here this evening, I’ve no reason to wait until Thanksgiving to feel truly thankful. Life is a wonderful thing indeed. And in this moment, to verify that’s true, I need only glance over to my dining room table to see that happy little pumpkin.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Day 28 - Halloween Pumpkin Inktober Watercolor Sketchbook - Doodlewash

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  1. Mary Roff 4 years ago

    Wonderful jack-o-lantern!! Imagining fun holidays around your home!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕Holidays are SO fun in our house! hehe… I can’t wait!

  2. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    Your pumpkin is adorable. You and Philippe are both very talented. I enjoy all the Christmas decorations, but I wish the stores would wait a little longer before putting it out, though- the shine is off by the time it finally rolls around.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, too creatives in the same house is always a ton of fun! hehe And I totally agree… by the time December begins, it already feels like the end of the season!

  3. Walt. F Pierluissi 4 years ago

    Charlie, Trader Joe’s is my wife’s favorite place to go also… and obviously if my wife say I like it, by no means I am going against her will… jejejej… I like it also!!!! Nice Pumpkin!!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Walt! 😃💕 Yes, it’s often best to simply agree with our spouses. One has to really question any argument truly worth pursuing! lol

  4. mlaiuppa 4 years ago

    Well, since it’s carved so early you won’t be able to eat that pie pumpkin.

    Pumpkin pie made from scratch from a pie pumpkin (Cinderella or Pam or whatever variety they have this year) is the best and not hard at all. But you can’t use a pumpkin you carved five days before.

    If you want to try, get a pie pumpkin. Remove the stem and slice down the center to make two halves. Clean out the insides. Then bake it cut side down on a cookie sheet until it is soft and collapses. There are usually directions on the pumpkin or google is your friend. Then you scrape it out and use it like the canned stuff only it is so much better. Some spices, sugar and evaporated milk. Maybe a little maple syrup or bourbon. Crust from scratch or buy the premade. However you do it it is worth it.

    If you want to jack o’lantern your pie pumpkin first, open it from the bottom, clean it out, carve it, then put a votive in the middle of the bottom and slip the rest of the pumpkin down over it. It will be fine for a few hours, just keep the wick trimmed so the top doesn’t burn. When the monsters stop ringing the bell, around 9pm, cut your pumpkin and bake it. It will be cool enough to scoop out before the nightly news. Refrigerate. Then the next day you can make a pie. OR if you want to save it until Thanksgiving, it freezes really well. One pumpkin equals one pie.

    Of course! Coco! The perfect Halloween movie for family not into blood and gore. Probably a good movie for Phineas to watch too since he has a limited range of color perception and likes a lot of movement. I think there’s a little skeleton dog in the movie too. Bet he enjoyed his share of the popcorn.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Oh wow! What wonderful tips! Thanks so much for sharing them! 😃💕 We only saved the seeds of this one and roasted them… hehe… I keep asking Philippe to make his version of pumpkin pie just to see what it would taste like. Perhaps one day he will! And Coco is a fabulous movie! Yeah, we’re that family not into blood and gore! hehe… and we like to pretend that Phineas likes all dog “actors” even when they’re animated.

  5. Lisa 4 years ago

    October has our anniversary and Halloween, November has Thanksgiving, December my birthday, Xmas, and New year’s eve. That’s a lot of occasions for three months to hold! My favorite is Thanksgiving. I love the food, the call to gratitude, and the generally good travel weather. I make a pumpkin pie for the holiday because even though I’m not fond of it, everyone else loves it, and because next to pecan, it is the easiest pie in the world to make!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Oh wow! That’s quite a lot of wonderful occasions to celebrate! Lovely! 😃💕 We only have our own anniversary on November 1 to add to the list. hehe And Thanksgiving is a wonderful time! My family always preferred pecan pie, but made pumpkin simply because it seemed like the appropriate thing to do.

  6. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    Love the creative face on the pumpkin, as well as the painting of it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, all credit for the little face goes to Philippe who designed it. hehe… but it was fun to paint!

  7. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 years ago

    Lovely pumpkin nice art. So again u r going to be busy 🐝 with the festival.Here the same time of festival , some gone and last the biggest festival of Dipawali. Means lighting n same like Xmas. Praying , cracker s this is the last of this year.
    Have good day.thanks.lie

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 And aren’t festivals such beautiful events!? I love this time of year. All the lights and the hope that it brings!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 years ago

    Toddler Joey comes through with the perfect pumpkin for the perfect Doodlewash – this is a charming fellow.

    Christmas decor and items to buy (Buy! Buy! Buy!) have already overtaken the stores around here. It isn’t even Halloween for a few more days and we’re already seeing Christmas stuff, much of it quite ugly. How appropriate that the ugly Christmas stuff comes out at Halloween. Maybe the situation will improve, but I dislike the saturation. It makes certain that nothing is special.

    Sorry for the rant – I do plan to have fun with the grands on Wednesday night. Enjoy the goofy face of your pumpkin.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Glad you liked this little goofy pumpkin. And I’m in full agreement. I want Christmas to at least have the decency to wait until after Halloween. The combo is… well… often a bit frightening. 😉

  9. taimdala 4 years ago

    I love your doodlewashes, Charlie, but you know what? I’ve come to love your descriptions of your life even more. Reading them lifts my spirits and brightens my day. It reaffirms my belief that love and kindness still exists. Thank you so very much for sharing your life’s little moments with your art. Doing so, you’ve made the world a better place. Thank you.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 That’s such a wonderful compliment! I’m a writer first, so it really means a lot to me that you enjoy my stories. (and well… actually read them and not just look at the pictures! hehe). Thank you SO much!

  10. smzang 4 years ago

    Charlie says, ” as I sit here this evening, I’ve no reason to wait until Thanksgiving to feel truly thankful. Life is a wonderful thing indeed.” and that is the best thanks giving of all.

    Fine job on that ‘happy little pumpkin’.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Life is truly great… there’s always something there that makes it easy to be thankful.

  11. Margarida Rebelo 4 years ago

    charlie, first I want to congratulate your work very much, because besides the art of watercolor, you are also a writer full of talent … I love this way of approaching your themes and giving you even an almost poetic description …… .. As I would like to have a vein …………. their descriptions convey a kindness and a great love for life …. What I want is to remain so for life!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Margarida! 😃💕 My sketches and words have become part of the package that makes up my art! I’m so happy you enjoy them both!

  12. June Hadaway 4 years ago

    That sure is a happy little pumpkin. I love the way you cut and painted him, especially his two little front teeth! Driving home tonight I noticed the nursery was decorated already with lights on. I really like waiting until after Thanksgiving. All the trees havn’t even changed color yet. Happy Halloween to both of you. My doorbell will be ringing promptly at 6 so I have been getting my treats together. It is a fun time.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Aren’t those teeth great?I hehe… I loved that Philippe added them. They just make it all so much cuter. And Happy Halloween to you as well! We don’t get tricker treaters where we live in the city. I miss that!

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