Friday, December 01, 2006


Pumpkin Head goes home...
I love those antique paper pumpkin
heads, but I can't tell if they are
supposed to look scary or scared.
He might be both!
He might be just lost.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heehee, he's too cute to be a shocker!

Cream said...

L, it's another beauty! I love the lighting! Am I repeating myself? But I really do!

Todd Harris said...

Perfect way to start December. I love it, great job on this as always, love the mood in it.

Jason said...

There are a number of artists who attempt this color rich, haunting form of art. You one of the few that can pull it off. I love your choice of characters. They seem to each have such a story to tell. There is depth and feeling, motion and so much more in each piece. I enjoyed visiting your website. Keep up the great work.

LDahl said...

Anonymous!!! Hello, always a delight to have a visit from you:)
I owe you an email.... soon I promise.

Cream as they say, you're allowed, so repeat as often as necessary:)Thanks for the comment....bring food next time*giggle*

Todd Harris....a comment from an artist who's work I really admire is a perfect way to start December! Happy Mad Month!(we all may be mad as hatters when it's over)

Hi Jason, welcome to blogland, and thank you so much for your kind comment. I have to admit, your "Crocodile Tears" did make me misty eyed.

Liz Jones said...

I love your images!! This one's dorable, but they're all great-- that judge...eww.
And I gree totally bout computers you can draw with. My most faorite toy...
Thanks for stopping by my site!
:D
Liz

carla said...

These colors are rich, glowing, and very mysterious. You do such cool stuff with digital paint! I love the combination of scariness and humor you've created. In fact, I almost see this metaphorically (I can't help myself) - he's the person who puts on his "game face" to navigate through the treacherous forest of the modern world. He looks mostly puzzled!

Sherry said...

This is a great illustration! Love the textures.

J. E. Morris said...

Oh, I love this guy. I like the glowing eyes and spooky purple lights. The poor guy looks very stressed for a vegetable.

Ginger*:)* said...

I think he might be HOT under that mask. Great job!

Nate said...

Thanks LDahl for your nice comments. Kansans are the best! I love your work and how you use color and lighting in such a unique and intriguing way!

Random York said...

This is like a good dream! Wonderful color too!

Diane Rios said...

this is beautiful, besides being spooky. Lovely rich colors, it looks like it took a long time to create. Great job!

michael dailey said...

lol he looks lost and scared to me after all that doesnt look like any pumkin patch hes walking thru. thanks for ur comments, they were helpful

Michelle Lana said...

great colors!

mrs. b. said...

oooh, he reminds me of one of my vintage 1940's jacks, lovely and creepy!

Caroline said...

He might be doing the mountain lion thing - trying to look as big and scary as he can.

studio lolo said...

Deliciously colorful!!!

LDahl said...

Liz Jones thank you so much!! glad you like the poor ol punkin' head!
Yeah, that judge is a bit harsh isn't he?

Carla, we know about 'game-faces' don't we! Hehe, all part of life.
(Don't ever change, I love how you think!) Puzzled? Yes, I suppose he is, wondering where it was that he turned right when he should have turned left.

Thanks Sherry, a fellow texure freak, WOooo!

J. E. Morris, veggie stress! Well, everyone thinks it's ok to eat them now don't they? No protection from the roving bands of vegetarians!

Ginger*:)* You think a pumpkin is a Hottie? Heheh! Old Flame-brain is so grateful to you:)

Nate... thanks! I meant it, your dad's work is excellent!
(*Kansans are the best!*) (well, you get a gold star! :)

Random York... loved your comment, thanks!!!

Thanks Diane Rios, it was pretty fun to do, so it didn't seem like very long. Probably 3 or 4 hours total.

Michael Dailey, yeah, I think he may have missed the 'Patch' turnoff somewhere:))

Thanks Michelle Lana!

Mrs. b. Tha is exactly right! You have one? I'm so jealous!!!

Caroline, that seems quite possible!!

Studio Lolo thank you fellow leo!

ValGalArt said...

I love the depth in this piece! The glowing purple and pumpkin boy are wonderful!!!

Halloweenville said...

i adore this!! amazing work...really it grabbed me!! love love!!

LDahl said...

Val, not too late for Halloween? I'm working on some project ideas, so lucky me, Halloween should linger here for quite awhile yet.

And speaking of Halloween....Hi Halloweenville!! I'm glad you liked it, I have a second one I'm getting ready to work on... check back if you want, I'll probably post it at some point. Hey, you are another leo! Thanks for your comment!

Darkmind said...

These paintings are all digital? Amazing! You do great work. I especially like your use of lighting/shading to create mood. I do some painting myself but on canvas. And you're thinking, "OMG that is SOOO 20th century!"

LDahl said...

Darkmind... nope, they are not all digital... I can and do work traditional also..... it's all good, just stuff we use to get er done:)))

Have you seen Donnie Darko... somehow I think you might like that movie.
or check this out:
http://www.woot.com/Blog/Default.aspx
Lexmark P4350 Multifunction Color Printer
That should give you a laugh:)))
Thanks for visiting and the comment!

MiJa said...

the colors are so vivid! Mr. Pumpkinhead looks as though he should be running.. I know I would if I were in that spooky forest. Great work!

Alina Chau said...

That's a great atmosphere!!

LDahl said...

Thank you Mija... but he might trip over a fallen log and you know what happens to pumpkins when they get dropped!!!
:)))

Hi Alina... thanks for stopping by, have you gotten your fingers warmed up?
I can't believe you were drawing with ink that was freezing... now that's dedication!!!!

robertc said...

wow! beautifully moody! I love the contrasting colors... amazing!

Theresa S. said...

ooh, very eerie! I love it! great colors and composition.

Cheers, Theresa

LDahl said...

Thanks Theresa S., I've noticed this looks better on monitors that aren't set to the brightest setting. If the monitor is at the brightest setting, it looks a bit washed out:(

chris chua said...

lovely...sorta reminds me of sleepy hollow. I think he is afraid!

LDahl said...

Robertc,thank you, I really like what you do also! You have some very, very nice stuff!

Hi Chris, I think Sleepy Hollow is where the inspiration for this character came from.... Chaung asked me about the history behind these and the Headless horseman is all I could think of... that and the antique paper pumpkins of the 40's. I just wondered what they would look like if they were walking around.