Elephants and Pumpkins

And no,  this is not a political post.

Fall with it’s dramatic skies and dancing leaves is here with a vengeance. I really need to do some catching up on the blog.

This painting is a two inch square in acrylic and will most likely be bigger on your screen then in real life.


This ink is more than double the size at 5×5 inches. This was part of a monthly miniature challenge on WetCanvas. WetCanvas has a huge reference image library,  it’s a fantastic resource. Thanks to the member that added the photo I used as a reference for this.

In the original photo the wall was brick and there were solar panels everywhere. I altered those which is always a good idea when you have discordant elements. You don’t have to paint or draw exactly what is in a photo or right in front of you. The pens are Microns.


This pumpkin in acrylic is from the same challenge. This quick study is 5×5 inches.


This is also from a photo reference from WetCanvas. This was a fun one, it was  a challenge to use restricted palettes.

This is the Zorn palette which is Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Ivory Black and Titanium White.

Anders Zorn(February 18, 1860 – August 22, 1920)  was a Swedish painter who generally painted people and figures. I’m not sure why he used such a restricted palette but after playing with it for awhile I can see the lure of the colors he used.

Fish on a plate, acrylic, 10×14 inches (not a mini!)


I found some interesting shadows on my walls.


And I fixed a staid apron by embroidering an elephant with a happy spoon on it.


Meanwhile back at the ranch..

Sampson had surgery and thoroughly enjoyed his meds.


Zeus also had surgery and was awfully affronted when I suggested that he was supposed to be sitting on the pillow on the floor not in my new chair.

They both recovered nicely.


My sunflowers grew over 12 feet tall.


We rescued these two birds.

This juvenile cedar waxwing was caught in a sudden heavy deluge of rain. he was fine after he dried off. Sorry about the fuzzy photo!


This red breasted nuthatch, I found upside down on the porch, I think he hit the window. He flew away fine after a drink and some warmth.


This came across our TV,  then we had three very small tornadoes..


And there’s a frog living in my birdhouse. He’s been there since early July.


And I’ve taken at least one hundred photos of him,


And he is smiling in every single one.



©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2016



3 thoughts on “Elephants and Pumpkins

  1. I just read about Sampson and Zeus having surgery. Love the pictures! Hope you and your large family have a Merry Christmas. Thanks for your paintings, your photos ,and your witty writings this year.

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