also available as prints
Jacks Halloween Fire
The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween’s most prominent symbols.
These lanterns are usually carved from a turnip or swede (or more uncommonly a mangelwurzel).
The jack-o’-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling, hard-drinking old farmer.
He tricked the devil into climbing a tree and trapped him by carving a cross into the tree trunk.
In revenge, the devil placed a curse on Jack, condemning him to forever wander the earth at night.
This story has been passed down through generations of Irish families.
The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America, where pumpkins were readily available and much larger, making them easier to carve than turnips. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their home’s doorstep after dark. In America the tradition of carving pumpkins is known to have preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration.
The tradition of carving vegetable lanterns may have been brought over by the Scottish or English—documentation is unavailable to establish when or by whom. The carved pumpkin was originally associated with harvest time in general in America and did not become specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.
work details – Original is acrylic painting which I’ve altered (alot) in ps with airbrush, burn and dodge tools, some smudging and color changes.
Original painting- Cheeky Jack