Today the grass under the pile of pumpkins rug was - finally - finished. The word finished is italicized because every evening I would work on it and be satisfied only to have second thoughts the next day.
The rug as it looks now:
It may be difficult to figure out why I used all the colors I did or why I created patterns in the grass. Here's my thinking. Grass is not all one color. I felt that with all the shading I did in the pumpkins and gourd a one color grass would make it look as though the vegetables were resting on a pool table. Which would be weird.
Then - the patterns in the grass include the purpley-bluish grass under the pumpkins. That's the deep shadow of the vegetables on grass. As for the rest, I tried to depict how field grass might look - including the weeds on either side of the white pumpkin.
And why did it take so long to do? As I said, what looked good to me at night just didn't measure up in daylight. The color in one area or another was wrong; it had to be changed to be lighter or darker. Or the shape of that part of grass would be just not pleasing.
But now it's done, and . . . ta-dah! I get to start on the crow after I cut the strips of wool!