I found this great yellow pear with all of these neat markings and decided to paint it along with a couple of cherries and a plum. I've never painted these three objects together, but wanted to mix it up a little bit and was drawn to the color combination. I've also been working on some other pieces with different subject matter (self portraits, street scenes) and realize how much these small still lifes have helped with my speed and ability as a painter.
I decided to start experimenting with the carnival series...here is a close up of a ride in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. I wasn't sure how I was going to approach painting this. In real life there were badly painted skulls and a spray painted grim reaper, which I think adds to it's charm. I love stuff like this...it reminds me of a movie I loved as a kid...KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park, which is so over the top and tacky that it's good, and for me nostalgic.