Let’s paint those pumpkins! (Watercolor tutorial by YOUR request!)

Hi friends! Thanks for the feedback on the photos yesterday. I had a big response to paint the porcelain doll pumpkins so that is what we will do. Check out this photo, I went outside to snap a pic in the natural light and my curious chickens had to sneak a peek LOL! Another funy chicken thing, some of the hens have begun laying over the past month and we are never sure who leaves the eggs in the coop. We let the chickens out each afternoon to free-range figuring they are like our old ones who laid eggsย in the morning, well my son spotted something white behind the wood splitter in the wood shed today and there were 10 eggs in pile! I don’t know when they were laid, do you think they are OK to eat? Is there a way to tell? I hate to waste them but I don’t want anyone to get sick either, silly chickens. ๐Ÿ˜›


Now on to the painting! I used my new Turner watercolors I got from Jerrys a couple weeks ago because I wanted to see how they worked after being dried in a palette and the paints were still semi moist and they preformed very well. I have to admit I was skeptical because the 18 set was on sale for under $30 but they are great, a solid value. I just wanted to let you know in case you were considering them. Disclosure: Jerry’s Artarama is a sponsor but they are not sponsoring this post. Now, let’s paint!


I hope you had fun with this. If you want orange or green pumpkins go for it! The drawing and painting skills are the same, just look for the value in the painting (the highlights and shading) and have fun with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



22 Responses

  1. Lindsay, I am so glad you picked the pumpkins! It is late at night right now, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to paint this, and I can hardly wait!
    Your chickens are too cute! But I don’t think you should risk eating the eggs.
    Thanks again for the great tutorials!


  2. Put the eggs in water and see if they float. If they float, they are bad.


  3. Very pretty painting. I have been painting my kitchen today, talk about sore my back sure is. I think talking without music is good.


  4. Don’t be afraid to try the eggs. Break each one separately into a small bowl. If it looks ok, use it. If not, toss it. If it looks and smells ok but you are afraid to use them anyway scramble them up and feed them to the chickens. It’s a special treat for them and since they are scrambled and cooked the chickens don’t know they are eating eggs.

    You didn’t say how long you had been letting them out in the afternoon but I’d guess they are 10-15 days old if laid by the same chicken. If 2 hens laid them they could be 5-10 days old. The older the hens are the later in the day they lay, too.


    • we have 8 hens and some have been laying for a couple of weeks, as far as we know they are about the same age but we have 4 different breeds


  5. Place your hidden pile of eggs in a bowl or pan And cover them with water, the eggs that float you should discard…they are spoiled! Hope they are all good!


  6. I love your watercolor painting tutorials/videos. All of them, you have no idea how much help you have been to me and how much I appreciate all you do! I just bought the turner watercolor paints and the both sets of Mimik Kolinsky brushes from Jerry’s, and now since I see Jerry is a sponsor, should I have added a code word or something for you to get a percentage or whatever? also….quick questions…I am really interested in the best place (prices) to get watercolor card stock and how should I preserve a watercolor painting…such as spray it with uv resistant spray etc…(I am very new to painting or anything artsy at all, just a few months.)


  7. This is beautifully rustic! You are so talented ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Lindsay the water trick is good for seeing how old the eggs are but you could also try candling the eggs http://keeping-chickens.me.uk/chickens/how-to-hatch-eggs/candling-eggs – this is a good article explaining how to do it including making a DIY candling light box. Even if your eggs don’t float I’d suggest trying this if you have a rooster so you don’t get any nasty surprises when you use yr eggs.


  9. I love this โ€“ hens and pumpkins are two of my favourite things and your chicks are adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for such a fantastic video. Have you ever made a lesson on watercolour hens, as I’d love to know about it if you have? I’ve learned a lot about eggs from the suggestions above! Sometimes my oldest hen lays wrinkly eggs which the family won’t eat even though they are fine. If you don’t have a rooster but do have a pooch, I know my little dog loves these eggs scrambled for her tea and it means they don’t go to waste.


  10. Great picture, watched the video last night. Can’t wait to try and paint it. As far as the eggs go…to tell if they are okay to eat, put them in a big bucket of water. If they sink they are good, if they float they are bad and don’t eat them.


  11. I have no idea about the eggs but I hope they are good! Thanks for the pumpkin painting – I love it and actually think I can do it!!! XO


  12. Very colorful!!


  13. to check ggs put them in water one at a time
    if it lays on its side eat it with pride
    if it slants to the a little way, baking is ok
    if it floats to the top in the garbage you should drop


  14. The painting is lovely, and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve ordered the Turner 18 tube set and they should be here tomorrow. I am really looking forward to trying a new brand to see how they compare to my Cotman paints. I also splurged on on Arches paper for the first time too. UPS can’t get here early enough tomorrow!

    re: the eggs. I have no idea how to tell if they’re good or not so when in doubt toss em out! But, blow out the insides and paint the eggs for Christmas or Easter! I’m sure you’d make jewels out of them. ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. i have back problems. I find that, if I lie down in the bounce house and let the kids bounce around me, it helps my back feel great.


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