Pumpkin Head: The Legend of Creepy Swallows


Pumpkin Head: The Legend of Creepy Swallows

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24 x 18½ pastel on pastel paper
completed and released October 2, 2013

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Once Autumn came and dusk began to arrive early, men from town would take a late afternoon stroll through the nearby woods. It wasn’t, as they often would say, to appreciate the fall colors, the crisp fresh air, or to clear their minds of clutter. In fact what was on their minds was very clear.

Of course the women of the town were afraid to go into the woods, what with all the wild animals and that frightening tale of the headless horsemen.

But the men weren’t afraid. They knew of another tale. One with a bit more truth to it. In fact, they hoped for an encounter with Pumpkin Head, as he was referred. An anonymous gentlemen, as the story goes, who would don a hollowed out pumpkin for a mask and with great gusto, ‘service’ the lucky townsmen who wandered the eerie woods.

I spent a lot of time deciding what I was going to paint for Halloween this year. I had several concepts rolling around in my head: spiders, ghosts, the legend of Sleepy Hollow. But I didn't know what to do with my vague snippets of inspiration. With October just around the corner, I decided to go with one of my biggest fears - SPIDERS! - and started a new piece. Of course it was only after I put pastel to paper that the Pumpkin Head concept finally gelled, but I knew that it was to be my Hallowe'en painting.