Fearless Friday, Pumpkin Stack


I have been a little pumpkin-sunflower crazed lately,

I just can’t help it, they make the world so happy!





Today we’re going to do a pumpkin stack in colored pencil

This photo and arrangement is from Southern Living





Before we start drawing and coloring, let’s talk a little about the process involved before the drawing/painting begins

I want to stress the importance of making a color chart for all your different mediums





Color charts make it easy to see all the colors and tones you have and helps make color selections fast and successfully






Once I have my colors selected, I often make a smaller color chart on the edge of the paper for quick reference







Whenever I use markers and/or colored pencils, I always pre-select my pens/pencils using my color charts and pull the colors I want from their individual locations





I use a separate glass or jar to hold the colors I’ve selected or lay them out on a table in a line





I now I’ve found this handy dandy organizing tool





 The rubberized insert grabs and holds pens, pencils, and markers perfectly!

The holes vary in size and are flexible so they can hold any size or shape of pen





It is so much easier to have the selected colors right at hand

rather than lost in a sea of supplies

where you can waste a lot of time looking for the color you want





This tray of all my pens and pencils sits by my desk

I can easily add another color or grab anything else I need





Okay, now we’re organized, let’s get started!





First a light pencil sketch





I used a soft yellow and pale green to color in the light areas,

then an apple green for the remaining skin





The same yellow and green were blended for the flower centers

The petals were colored light pink in their highlight areas

A deeper pink/magenta edges the petals and recesses





The pumpkin got some pale pink highlight areas,

golden brown for the crevices and a yellowish beige for the body





I just kept moving to the different areas, blending, shading, coloring…





Almost done…



“Pumpkin Stack”  7″x 10″ colored pencil on mixed media paper




Looking at them side by side I see more things I could do,

some of the areas could be darker,  the pumpkin needs more rounding,

But this was just for fun, coloring and relaxing…






Have fun and Be Fearless!

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Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story,

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20 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Pumpkin Stack”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    I like the composition of this and the colors. Some time ago I tried to draw and paint a pumpkin. Even with shading, my pumpkin looked flat. I struggle to add dimension to my drawings. Yours is lovely!

  2. If only I could even make a pencil sketch!! You always inspire with your lovely creativity. Happy Friday and weekend!

  3. Karen says:

    I totally agree with you, how can you look at pumpkins or sunflowers without smiling. Your painting does just that, it brings a smile to your face.

  4. You are amazing, and this is such a delightful piece for early fall. Pumpkins always make me smile too.

  5. Rosie M. says:

    You always start my Friday morning off with a smile, Jenna. You chose the just the model for your sketch today: a colorful, happy stack of pumpkins highlighted with fall flowers. Just perfect!! And such a good idea to pull all your colors and line them up before starting. Have a wonderful weekend , and thank you for sharing your talent.

  6. I love learning about your process — the color charts especially. I don’t do that enough and I should, especially with paints, although I know those pretty well. Maybe it should be especially with the other media! I think I need to get a dedicated notebook and put all of them in one spot.

    Loved seeing the evolution of the pumpkin tower and a good tip on just pulling the colors you will use. I learned a lot from this one!

  7. Julie says:

    You are so talented in the tablescapes, cooking, and art work. I love this pencil drawing you made of the pumpkin tower. So pretty and have a happy Friday and weekend.

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    It is beautiful Jenna! 🌸🌿🌻 I love your little organizer for pens or pencils too! 💜

  9. Michelle says:

    That is so pretty! I love your pencil holder, too.

  10. Nancy says:

    Wow! How many ways can I say… “You Amaze Me!”

    Love the organizer. I can see how beneficial it is!

  11. pattyanneart says:

    Love your stacked pumpkins, Jenna! 😊🧡🌸
    Your pencil holder is awesome, I need to find one of those.

  12. Mary says:

    Love your artistic rendering of the blooming pumpkin Jenna! ♥

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