Every year around this time, I can feel my artistic side come to life, specifically my ability to draw.
Unlike most people, my drawing skills do not occur on paper or other normal mediums, I draw on pumpkins. Like a Halloween zombie, ghost, or goblin, it does not stay around very long, but it does not matter to me, because for a brief moment, I am an artist. For the other 364 days of the year, I can't draw a straight line with a ruler or draw with any sort of perspective, but for Halloween....I'm good. :)
I bet now you are wondering, how did this all start? I'll tell ya. When I was in college, I worked at St Mark's Hospital and for Halloween they decided to have a pumpkin decorating contest between all of the different departments. I was chosen for my department, mainly I think because I was not in the meeting, since I worked in the evenings. For some insane reason, I chose to carve 'Beast' from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The big furry guy with a ton of detail, yeah that one. What I was thinking I have no idea, but I do know that it turned out. :) I even carved part of it when I was out to dinner with my mom and aunt and cousin in Bountiful.
That started the tradition and my 2 to 3 hour block of carving the day before Halloween. It can be frustrating, tiring, cramping fun and I don't think I will ever stop doing it. My only regret, I do not have pictures of the early years..... :(
But for 2011, I got them..
First up Yoda. Yes, the Star Wars Yoda. I'm a big fan of his....
Number 2, Lightning McQueen from Pixar 'Cars'
Have a Safe, Happy, Release your Inner Child Halloween!!!