Monday, October 26, 2009


‘Pumpkin Picasso’ Prefers Ugly Squash

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A man known as the “Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers” prefers etching his designs into misshapen squash.

For 25 years “Farmer Mike” Valladao has been growing and carving pumpkins, some as big as 1,560 pounds.

He carves elaborate designs including dragons, Barack Obama’s face, and a dinosaur head – his toughest pumpkin to date – which took him about 10 hours.

The pumpkin artist insists the fall fruit makes an excellent canvas, especially ones that are oddly misshapen.

He thinks weird pumpkins have “built-in character,” so faces turn out better on them than on perfectly round ones.

Valladao likes deformed pumpkins so much, his farmer friends save their ugliest pumpkins just for him.

He says intricate masterpieces can be carved using simple household items. His main tool is a folding pocketknife, with the occasional chisel to make him “look good.”

Valladao never gets sad when his creations rot and must be thrown away. He accepts that pumpkin art is only “temporal.”

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