Hallowed Moon-Frost on the Pumpkins by Morning
Painted: 1995 Published: 1997
Dad is both a family man and a sportsman, and by the end of this beautiful fall evening he will have managed to enjoy both. After a day of hunting he has returned home, gathered up the children and is helping them fulfill their special autumn tradition. The artist remembers this location well from his own childhood. Originally, the lakeside store offered only fishing supplies and refreshments. Later it expanded into a produce outlet specializing at this time of the year, we note, in pumpkins! There are many stories in this romantic image: the shotgun in the old pickup’s back window, the extra gas tank and a red flag tied high on the antenna. The latter informs us that Dad once lost his truck in the tall grass, and that now he takes precautions. The pole and tree signs tell us there are many people lucky enough to live in this idyllic setting. And, as the silhouetted moon struggles through a hazy night sky, flights of waterfowl recognize it’s time to head on home for the evening.