Tuesday, October 4, 2011


When I think of autumn and especially October I think of the black and orange combinations. Orange and black were my school colors when I was in high school. Since I've vowed to work with my oil pastels until I get sick of them, I meant to say until I've mastered them I've decided what better time to showcase one of my favorite color combinations than right now.

What can I paint or sketch that is black? Black cats, bats, and witches hats are a few things that come to mind. When I think of what I can sketch or paint with orange first thing that pops into my head is pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns followed closely by fall leaves.

I've been painting witches because to me nothing says Halloween better than witches or more precisely crones. When I'm working on a crone I tend to use dark and drab colors and the skin tones usually have green and yellow tints. The most recent ones aren't wearing their hats so there hasn't been a lot or black and no orange to speak of. Since I want to work with a more vibrant color I felt a younger more vibrant witch was in order.

Meet Serena...

I know, not really black and orange, but see what happens when I mess around with the lighting.

Still not quite black and orange is it?

This is the closest to the true colors that I used to paint this piece. When I say paint I'm talking about using the oil pastels with water and then to give her hair a bit more of a punch I used two shades of orange acrylic paint.

I'm going to be showing the pieces as I complete them and since I'm really churning them out I'll probably be showing you one every day or two.

Hope you're having wonderful fall weather wherever you live. We're having drab dreary rainy weather at the moment.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maddyrose,

It's RAINING at the North Pole? Rain? Yikes.

I was over at Miss Lavender Dreams looking at her Halloween decorations. Wouldn't it be fun to have a Halloween Tour of Blogs? I mean, how cool would that be?

I love this sketch, being a redhead myself, perfection - what else can I say?

Heaps of Hugs

Linda in New Mexico said...

Serena is quite a looker. I love her hair. My Shelley was red head when she was a little one. So I am partial to red headed witches, tee hee. Oma Linda

yoborobo said...

She's a beautiful witch. I love that red hair. :) xo!

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, very halloweeny colours

Christel Hutson said...

Awesome witch Maddy! I too am a redhead lover..my daddy was a red head, and I was born one too..now I am blonde, but not really sure what color I really am anymore..lol! xzoxo Christel

Moncha said...

That is such a wonderful artwork. I love the vibrant colour of her hair !!
Have a great day.

Kays Kids said...

Well Maddy, you must have know I love the red hair. My son was born with vibrant red hair. I never lost him at school sports once. I could see him a mile off. So I love your witch.

Heather said...

oooh, i just love your artwork here today and FABULOUS colors!

Maggie said...

Love her, Maddy. You've been busy since the last time I dropped by your blog!
Funny, I've been working on a red head too. Belladonna, my third witch of her series, is almost finished.

orchid said...

Hi, my dear Maddy.
Serena looks really pretty witch with lovely rad hair, I LOVE her♡♡♡
Yes, having a comfortable autumn weather here as well.

PS> My bro's service went smooth without a hitch and I'm feeling releived and load off my mind now.

Love and hugs from east, Orchid*

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

She is wonderful..but..she doesn't look at all witchy to me. :) And that hair...sooo pretty. Why was I not born a redhead??
I love the painting in the left had side below..WOW! Fantastic.

Crystal Cook said...

I love this Maddie. You have a gift for capturing personality. :) Lovely color combination too.

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Ascension said...

Me encantan los colores de Octubre, esos preciosos "calabazas".
Te han quedado maravillosos!!
besitos ascension

Marijke van Ooijen said...


Yes this are autumcolors...
Very very beautiful!
I love those paintings.

Wishing you a lovely week-end,

Marlene said...

Hi Sis, I am back to blog land. She is beautiful! So are your other crones, I went back and had a peek.