When creating a work of art, I imaging that the great artists of history did it not because they were thinking it would be worth millions of dollars someday. I believe a piece of art comes from the soul deep within you. When an artist is finished, he wants the world to see it because it represents part of who the artist is. The artist want’s that art work to touch the viewer the same way it touched him when he had the inspiration to create it. The same way is how I feel when creating the pumpkins I carve; I know that I cannot keep them forever, nor do I want to, but I know I can give the pumpkins to someone who can appreciate them even more than I can, and that gives me great satisfaction.
That was how I felt when I carved the first pumpkin and took it to JKF Special Needs School in Modesto California. Lucy contacted me again this year, very apologetically, wondering if I would carve another 3D pumpkin for the Halloween festival they hold every year. I immediately agreed to. I had no problem getting up at 4:00am feeling sick and with a fever to carve the first pumpkin. It was a pleasure to walk in that school holding on to the pumpkin and having people recognize me and pointing me to Lucy’s classroom. I gave her the pumpkin and she hugged me, thanking me. And that was all that I needed. It felt great!
The second pumpkin I gave to my company’s main office. I was asked very politely if I would carve a pumpkin for the office. They know how busy I am, not only at work, but during this month. I didn’t quite know if I would have the time, but I told them not to lose hope. So when the day came that I decided to carve the pumpkin for the office, I went to bed really early, mainly because I was feeling really sick. I slept until 11:30pm, got up and worked on the second pumpkin until 1:00am. When I was finished I snapped a couple pictures and by the time I cleaned up everything, it was time to get ready to go to work. I left to work at 2:45am that morning. It was a long day at work that day. I drove around with the pumpkin strapped with the seatbelt on all day. Finally, at the end of the day I was able to go by the office to deliver the pumpkin. Needless to say, they were very appreciative of the pumpkin and I was happy for that.
Giving your art away is probably the most rewarding part of it all. It gives you the opportunity to share a piece of your soul.
On October 15th and 16th, the Colusa County Fairgrounds had their big Fall event for all to enjoy: The Pumpkin Village Festival! SEO Jonathan Howard contacted me through my YouTube channel. Mr. Howard asked me if I would be interested in coming up to Colusa for those two days to do a few pumpkin carving demonstration. I could not say no! It sounded like a great opportunity to be able to show my art to a completely new audience who had never heard of me or seen what I do.
The day I arrived, the welcome was warm and I felt very comfortable to be there to do what I do best. They even had a stage along with bleachers ready for me. That was great! We ended up moving to be closer to the entrance but the idea was great! As day one got started, it was awesome to have so many children come up wanting to touch the pumpkin. I was very happy to let them get close and touch the pumpkin and answer all their questions. The main question I heard was “how do you do that?”. My answer was always the same: “Practice!” “Practice, practice, until you get good at it!” The day ended as rain began pouring down on us. I pushed through and finished two pumpkins so they would be ready for exhibition the next day!
The second day came with warm sun and some wind. I began carving the third pumpkin for the weekend. As I was getting into it, I noticed that this pumpkin was not a good carving pumpkin at all. But as any live show, the show must go on and I did the best I could with it. I wasn’t entirely happy with it but there were people who were still commenting positively about it. I guess that’s all one can hope for, that someone sees the good in your art even when you don’t see it. And believe me, there are plenty of examples where I don’t see any good in what I just carved, but people so graciously insist that it is good and they enjoy it very much.
I had a great time and I was invited for next year already which I accepted! I will be looking forward to meet the warm and friendly folks of Colusa again next year! I will have a video of my experience at the Colusa County Fairgrounds Pumpkin Village coming soon.
This season beginning comes with a big announcement! Read on to learn about what’s next for Paulo Machado Pumpkins.
These were the first pumpkins I carved this season. It was a Sunday morning when I began carving the pumpkin shown on top. As always, I always think I have more time than I actually do. I thought I would have time to carve this pumpkin before noon. At noon I would be heading out to the Turlock R.A.M. Farms Pumpkin Patch to do a live demonstration, the first of the season! As usual I ran out of time… rushing out the door with a half finished pumpkin on top of my bench. At the R.A.M Farms Pumpkin Patch things went well there. My friend JJ helped me film my next video. The pumpkin carving demo went well, I carved the second pumpkin shown above. Some people came out and sat there for a few minutes at a time. I always have a good time doing live pumpkin carving demos.
As this pumpkin carving adventure I am in right now keeps developing, I am starting to really think about where this could go from here. There are a lot of people who wish they could do what I do and learn how to carve 3D pumpkins. The reason most of them don’t start is because they have no idea where to start, what kind of tools to use, and how to do some features in the pumpkin. I believe that I will put together a video tutorial that will teach people to carve pumpkins from the beginning to the end. I will be working on putting together a series of tutorials from what tools to use to how to pick your perfect pumpkin, even how to carve the perfect eye on your favorite pumpkin carving. It will take some time but I’ll announce the progress as it goes on. I am really excited about it and I hope people will jump on this opportunity to learn how to carve 3D pumpkins.
Until then, I will see you soon.
Enjoy the Video:
This video shows how I carved both of the pumpkins the same day on time lapse.
This is how started my day yesterday! Good Day Sacramento, Ericka So invited me to demonstrate my skills on live TV and I was honored to do so! It was a rainy morning when I arrived at Keema’s Pumpkin Patch. With the weather being as it was, I wasn’t sure we were even going to get on TV. When Ericka arrived, she didn’t even blink an eye and started to look for a place to set up a table where we would carve the pumpkins. Twenty minutes later we were live on Good Day Sacramento and everything went without a hitch! The video above was about an hour and a half later! I carved as fast as I could and the results were far from what I could of done with more time, none the less it was fun and I had a great time! As Ericka and I carved away, shoulder to shoulder, each came up with unique pumpkin faces even as Ericka was trying to copy what I was doing it still came with its own flavor as you can see below.
I would like to thank Ericka So and Good Day Sacramento for checking out what I do! I just hope more people out there who saw the show who were thinking in starting to carve awesome pumpkins that they were inspired to get started. It’s easy! If Ericka and I can do it so can you!
If you would like to know more about how to carve 3D pumpkins head on out to my Tools page where I show the type of tools I use to carve my pumpkins. I also have a couple tutorials where you can watch me carve step by step and give you an idea how I carve the pumpkins as well. Just visit my 3D Pumpkin Carving Videos page.
The key, my friends, is to never give up and always try new things until you are satisfied with “yourself” not the pumpkin. What the pumpkin looks like is just the after affect!
Pumpkin patch 3D pumpkin carving demo was performed at Turlock R.A.M. Farms Pumpkin Patch. This was a great day where there was a lot of people who came out to check out this awesome pumpkin patch out here in Turlock. Those people who came out had a chance to see me carve a pumpkin LIVE! This is where I perform LIVE carving up a 3D pumpkin carving. As you will see the kids are my best audience… They simply love pumpkin carving! I think this is an awesome opportunity to instill and ramp up the imaginations of the little ones so that one day, they too will amaze little kids with their art.
On this video I don’t speed up anything. I pretty much show in real time some of the techniques I use to carve my pumpkins. I also showcase the new tools I use now and what they do. If you’re interested to buy the same tools I use check the links to Amazon below to check it out!
Pumpkin carving – 3D Pumpkin just simply means exactly that! I woke up on Sunday morning with pumpkin on my mind… I was earlier last week at the R.A.M. Farms Pumpkin Patch to pick out some pumpkins so I could practice on, knowing that I would be there at the R.A.M. Farms Pumpkin Patch carving a pumpkin as a demonstration for the customers that came by at during that time. So when I go up Sunday with pumpkin carving in mind, I quickly set up my camera (who am I kidding, nothing is quickly set up) and began to carve my 3D pumpkin. After I was done carving that 3D pumpkin I ran over to R.A.M. Farms Pumpkin Patch, “quickly” set up my camera with the help of my friend JJ, and began to carve one more pumpkin. Needless to say it was a busy day! I hope you enjoy this pumpkin carving video; it is basically two pumpkin carving videos all in one! Enjoy!
A special thanks goes out to Karen and her husband for having me over at the R.A.M. Farm Pumpkin Patch and JJ for running my cameras. Thank you!
Also if you want to check out professional pumpkin carving videos, check out the following channels:
Ray Villafane: https://www.youtube.com/user/VillafaneStudios
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Charity Pumpkin is what I called this pumpkin carving. I carved this pumpkin with the thought in mind to donate it to a special needs school in Ceres, California. This pumpkin is very special to me for that reason. Not only that, it also was the first time I carved this variety of pumpkin. It was very interesting to carve this pumpkin because the peel was completely different then what I am used to with the regular pumpkins. This pumpkin peel was so much harder then normal and it took a little more work to get to the meat of the pumpkin to be able to carve this wonderful pumpkin. The shape and the amount actually carved comes out of that reason that the pumpkin was different… which was actually part of the real cool look that this pumpkin has.
Carving pumpkins is just something personal and with each pumpkin carved I experience something completely different. With this pumpkin, I felt excited because I was looking forward to seeing the look in the kids faces as I presented the pumpkin to them. It explains why the pumpkin came out the way it did because there was feeling behind each carving stroke.
Needless to say, the pumpkin was a success at the special needs school and everyone was very happy to see it, specially the kids.
Carving 3D pumpkins is always a lot of fun and sometimes I can make it even more fun when I make it a little goofy by becoming part of what my pumpkin carving has become! This time I was asked to make a video that would have some sort of theme to the carving so that it could be used on the website’s social media sites. I was more than happy to carve a pumpkin for this purpose but I had to think about what I could do to be able to insert the theme into the pumpkin carving. The task was to make a 3D pumpkin carving with the theme of our local county fair. I thought what would be better than a “Pumpkin Farmer”!? I brought our my carving tools, my camera, my lights, my sound recorder, and went to work! As I carved the pumpkin more and more I began to see that it no longer was a pumpkin farmer but another of my wondrous pumpkin that took on its own shape and form and in the end it was what it was and there was nothing I could do about it.
I finished the video and added the finishing touch and posted it to YouTube late that night and hoped for the best. The next day I send the link to the lady who had asked me for the video with a heavy heart knowing that it wasn’t quite the pumpkin I was hoping for, and I knew for sure it was nothing like a farmer. Nonetheless I thought it was a good pumpkin but not quite what I wanted and for sure, I thought, NOT what the lady asked for.
It was with a great surprise that the text came back to me “I love it!” “you are so talented!” I didn’t know what to say! All I knew is that I was super happy that she liked it! And that taught me a good lesson: Don’t be over critical of your work; do the best you can and only the best and when you’re done, whether you love it or not, it’s still something you created and people will appreciate your hard work.
This weekend I spent it at R.A.M. Pumpkin Patch carving a couple of pumpkins as a sort of demonstration for people to see how I carve my pumpkins. I have to say that I had a blast and I met a lot of people who were completely mesmerized by the pumpkins I carved. I give a big thanks to Karen and Ron, her husband, who made me feel like I was some sort of super star artist. Thank you Karen and Ron!
I hope you enjoy the pictures and I am hoping I’ll have some video to share with you… there was a young film student who was eager to shoot everything to make a nice little video about the event. Hopefully that will come soon.
Here is the first 3D pumpkin carving for this year!! I am very excited as this year promises to be a great year in my journey into learning to become better at carving 3D pumpkins. First I would like to thank R.A.M Farms here in Turlock California for providing me with these beautiful pumpkins. I am also to spend some time at their huge yearly pumpkin patch to do a pumpkin carving demonstration! Very exciting for sure! Carving 3D pumpkins can be fun, exciting, and rewarding. When I say rewarding, I mean when I carve 3D pumpkins, I feel relaxed and at home… in my very own world I’ve created in my mind where I go to get my inspiration. It may sound weird to you, but that explains how I start a 3D pumpkin carving not knowing what it’s going to look like and have a nice 3D pumpkin in the end. I also draw my inspiration by watching 3D pumpkin carving videos here on YouTube such as the genius of Ray Villafane. Ray Villafane has been probably the most 3D pumpkin carving artist that has led me to embark in this two year journey I’ve been on. Ray Villafane is simply amazing and all my work is just child’s play compared to his work. That’s why I highly recommend you buy his DVD Tutorial set and his 3D pumpkin carving tools. Below I left the links to Amazon to all Ray Villafane’s Tools and Tutorials.
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