ARTIST HIGHLIGHT: Pumpkin Henhouse

We have a challenge for you: come up with a name that would cover all the great things you are in; these are: reading, storytelling, writing poetry and AI, aha… and make it as surreal as you can. We bet you can hardly come close to this one. Here it is, the Pumpkin Henhouse. Can’t get any cooler than that. Except for the artworks the Pumpkin,- comes up with and the vibe there is, and the poems accompanying them… we could go on like that. You just check the artist out. They literally have stolen our hearts with the one below, not that we know the book is Elon Musk’s personal favorite. We are equally passionate about it.

““For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Once you dig in the account you will instantly get sucked into the process of discovering the poems Pumpkin uses to illustrate the artworks. Poetry as hard to grasp as it may be, comes way easier when it’s accompanied by visuals. And in such way the generative AI turns out to be of great value.

“I liked the feeling of love,’ (Jonas) confessed. He glanced nervously at the speaker on the wall, reassuring himself that no one was listening. ‘I wish we still had that,’ he whispered. ‘Of course,’ he added quickly, ‘I do understand that it wouldn’t work very well. And that it’s much better to be organized the way we are now. I can see that it was a dangerous way to live.’

…’Still,’ he said slowly, almost to himself, ‘I did like the light they made. And the warmth.”

– The Giver by Lois Lowry

“‘What’s this you’re writing?’ asked Pooh, climbing onto the writing table.
“The Tao of Pooh,” I replied.
“The how of Pooh?” asked Pooh, smudging one of the words I had just written.
“The Tao of Pooh,” I replied, poking his paw away with my pencil.
It seems more like ow! of Pooh,” said Pooh, rubbing his paw.
“Well, it’s not,” I replied huffily.
“What’s it about?” asked Pooh, leaning forward and smearing another word.
“It’s about how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances!” I yelled.
“Have you read it?” asked Pooh.”

“The honey doesn’t taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn’t mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much. But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we’ll have everything – every minute of the time that we spent.”

– The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, E. H. Shepard

“Fondness was the best word she could think of to describe what they felt for each other. Fondness was warm but not tepid, the color of amber, more affectionate than friendship but less complicated than love.”

– Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors / Part One

and if you ever wondered should you buy a raccoon at a gas station…don’t!

“One of my favorite pets growing up was a raccoon named Bandit. He wasn’t by any stretch a traditional pet, but he was by far the most entertaining.” 

– Never Buy a Raccoon at a Gas Station by Beth Detjens

Last but not least… following the love for literature Pumpkin Henhouse has published a challenge: Book Title Challenge, where you are asked to create images simply by reading & using the title, or based on your interpretation of the plot of the book. Feel invited, and please remember to use the #pumpkinsnovelprompts to get noticed. Read more here. Enjoy the ride.