The Great Pumpkin

October 31, 2011

Well, I was going to write about the snow, but I guess someone beat me to it! I’ll just share a few of the photos I took this morning, and let them speak for themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^Click above to see the other picture; for some reason it’s not publishing

Since tomorrow is Halloween (I am writing this on Sunday evening), I also found myself doing Halloween-y things, such as making my costume (Gertrude McFuzz from Dr. Seuss) and carving a pumpkin. For me, pumpkin carving is an intensely artistic, athletic, and intellectual activity. A few years ago, I came to the realization that a pumpkin did not necessarily need to have a face carved into it and, in fact, could be used as a medium for more artistic endeavors. Thus the super jack-o-lantern was created. Now, pumpkin carving is a 2+ hour affair, complete with knives, chisels, and any other equipment necessary to carry out my artistic vision. It is a painstaking process, and the results tend to be ephemeral, subject to the harsh beatings of Mother Nature. But it’s worth it, for that fleeting sense of accomplishment that comes when I light the candle and see my masterpiece illuminated. At right, see this year’s finished pumpkin in all its glory. The design was inspired by one of my doodles from history class.

This week, I would like to challenge everyone to go out on a limb and try to create something interesting. Even if you are not normally an “artistic” person, put your hands to work; you never know what you might end up with. Thank you for reading, and have a whimsical week.

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