Friday, October 26, 2007

A Series of Fortunate Events

My Mom and I competed in our 6th Great Pumpkin Carve last night in Chadds Ford, PA and what a night it was. First we went to the Brandywine River Museum to get some inspiration. While there we were lucky enough to catch a tour being given by Andrew Wyeth's granddaughter. She told some really fascinating stories about "Andy" and his amazing work. We saw two new egg tempera paintings that were huge. Can you believe he is 90 and still painting?
After the museum we headed over to the historical society to begin carving. We were blessed with a perfect pumpkin. It was lovely and round with no pock marks for flaws. I started drawing the design and my mom and her friends took turns scooping out the innards and making the pumpkin wall thin enough for the light to shine through. Luckily the rain stopped long enough for us to complete the carve which took 3 hours. Around 9 PM the judges announced the winners. We were very hopeful that we would be chosen. First they called the Best Overall, not us. Then they called Most Halloween, Best Use of Pumpkin and finally we won for Best Carving!
How exciting! We were even interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer for an upcoming article. The night could not have been better.
If you are ever in the area on the weekend before Halloween you must attend this event. We seem to have more fun every year.


2007 Pumpkin Carve Winners



My original painting we used for the pumpkin.




Finished pumpkin.

4 comments:

DesignsbyCK said...

Hi Jen, Chris again...most bootiful pumpkin ever! Congrats! I just added you to my faves as well here! :)

Happy Halloween Always!

Chris

Carolee said...

LOVE IT!! Big Congrats!! Are you carving another for the party on Sat??? Hehe.... ~ Carolee

vintagepaletteart said...

Congrats Jen! Your pumpkin is just amazing!! And I loved seeing the other winners in the link that you provided! Wish I could have been there! And at the museum also......how lucky were you? =o)

*Lori

Patty Benedict said...

Hi Jennifer...this is Patty Benedict from EHAG. LOVE your carved pumpkin!! Congrats on winning!!!!

Happy Halloween

Bugs & Hisses
Patty
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