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"Jack O´Lantern" by Helle Jorgensen

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The Great Pumpkin Man is coming! No, really:

Jack, an Irishman, was a sly fellow who liked to have a bit of (not always so innocent) fun, and inbetween his many mischiefs he even managed to fool and trap the devil himself, who in order to get free again had to promise Jack not to take his soul. So when Jack died, as all men do, neither Heaven nor Hell would take him, and he was doomed to walk forever alone and in darkness. The devil, however, spared him an ever burning ember from the fires of Hell to light his way, and Jack cut a lantern in which to put it. Ever since, Jack O'Lantern has been wandering the world, looking for a resting place.

This, kids, is the story that sparked the tradition for you and me to cut those spiffy pumpkin lanterns for Halloween - and if Jack should see them as he comes by on his lonely path, who knows, he might stop for a chat. Happy Halloween!

[Photo by me, of course.]

15 Oct 2008:-) Lydia stephanie Barker
very cool!!! and love the history. you just taught me something neat. thanks and great picture

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "Thanks a lot! I was just having a bit of holiday fun with this one, and I was quite taken with that old Irish folk tale when I first heard it myself! 12 "
17 Oct 2008:-) Anne Wipf
It is just great 1

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "Thanks a lot. Happy Halloween!"
18 Oct 2008:-) Anne Wipf
Happy halloween to you. 1
11 Nov 2008:-) Ria Susan Witteman
good job!! very creepy!! i love the inner light coming in!! its fabulous. good job helle!

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "Thanks a lot! Really, this one was just a bit of amusement for the autumn holiday. When you think about it, it’s rather strange that it should be so easy to make a simple vegetable look scary 12"
15 Mar 2009:-) Natalie Adams
eesh, creepy - amazin work on light and shade, very striking!

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "I swear that Jack O’Lantern did most of the work all by himself! 12"
9 Dec 2009:-) Yoni Danziger
That’s bloody cool Helle! You should have joined with it to the Halloween contest... Anyway, it’s really good 18

What’s up with you btw? It’s been quite some time since we last talked 14

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "Hey thanks! I don’t recall from the top of my mind, but weren’t the contest pictures meant to be new submissions? This one is from last year, so it hardly counts. Anyhow, unlike your Halloween item, this image is so unexceptionally traditional that I doubt I’d have claimed any prizes with it 12 . But yeah - I should submit some new pieces before the end of the year. I’ve been way to busy with my PhD, since I’ve less than 3 months till I’ve to hand it in."
9 Dec 2009:-) Yoni Danziger
You’re right... it’s from last year...well, I was never known as one who would actually read the small lines in a contract or obey the rules 14 But you should really join the Christmas contest 2
And good luck with your phd 12

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "Hm... the Christmas contest. Yeah, maybe, if I manage to produce something new by the deadline. I haven’t participated in a contest since the ’funniest tour of Elfwood’ one (and now the tour function is defunct.... I used to love making tours). You know, you’re picking at my bad conscience here ... 12 "
10 Dec 2009:-) Yoni Danziger
Ye, I remember seeing something about the ’funniest tour of Elfwood’, If I remember right you won the 1st place 18 Though I never understood what was the purpose of those tours 22 I know this option isn’t available any more, but I’ll be happy to know more about it... Will you tell me? 14

:-) Helle Jorgensen replies: "The purpose of tours? Well, sharing some nice pictures that are otherwise scattered across Elfwood, of course. Think of them like themed exhibitions. The tours used to be a good way to discover good artists and pictures, especially according to particular interests. It was much more fun to do a commented tour of, say, Halloween-themed art (or whatever other theme/technique/medium/colour/you name it) than to enter e.g. ’halloween’ in the search engine and browse thousands of random pictures."
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'Jack O'Lantern':
 • Created by: :-) Helle Jorgensen
 • Copyright: ©Helle Jorgensen. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: All, Eve, Halloween, Hallows, Happy, Jack, Lantern, O'lantern, Pumpkin
 • Categories: Ghosts, Ghouls, Aparitions, Humourous or Cute Things, Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, European Traditions, Mythology, American Traditions, Mythology, Juvenile, for Children, for Youth
 • Techniques: Mixed Media, Other Computer Paint Program, Sculpture, Clay, Pottery, etc
 • Submitted: 2008-10-15 12:34:02
 • Views: 1787
 • Resolution: 499x648

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