Did you know that pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants? They originated between 7500-5000 BC! The name pumpkin derives from the Greek word pepon which means large melon. It has smooth, ribbed skin and is native to North America. It is grown for food, aesthetics, and recreational purposes.

I love, love, love, fall, and the beautiful colors of the blazing orange, scarlets, and yellow of the pumpkin.. They are a joy to paint to get into the spirit of autumn. Who doesn't love the beloved pumpkin pie at the feasting table during Thanksgiving with your family? This winter squash's parts are mostly all edible including the skin, flesh, and cherished pumpkin seeds. I remember roasting them with salt as a kid after we carved the pumpkin for Halloween. YUM!!

The custom of carving the jack-o-lantern comes from folklore about a lost soul wandering the earth. There are many pumpkin festivals and competitions to get into the new season of sweater weather, chai tea, and latte toting times.

I painted this pumpkin using Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors. The paper is a 9x12 Fabriano 140lb cold press.

Reference Photo

This is the reference photo I found on Pixabay or Unsplash which are great sites for stock photos that creators are allowed to use freely.

I finished the paint-along guys! I know I sound super corny in my first video I can only get better from here right??! Lol, but I will get the hang of the video stuff soon!! I am working hard! Hope you like it!

This is a step-by-step watercolor tutorial on how to paint a pumpkin. I used Fabriano Watercolor paper and Holbein/Daniel Smith watercolors.


Fabriano Watercolor paper 8x10: https://amzn.to/3eGVvY3

Holbein Watercolor Kits:

12 5 ml tubes: https://amzn.to/3Frc31L

18 5 ml tubes: https://amzn.to/3qlUY32

24 5 ml tubes: https://amzn.to/3Eqfy7t

Princeton Black Velvet series brushes: https://amzn.to/33MzDbk