Carrot boy monster riding a Big Wheel


With a little extra holiday time on my hands I’ve managed to create my third gouache painting. Unfortunately I got completely off track and my intended Jay bird somehow morphed into a rather demonic unwashed organic carrot kid riding a Big Wheel tricycle. The upside is that I did this in gouache and painted from my whimsical imagination, and I used a limited color Zorn palette of M Graham gouache that I picked up at our local Ace Hardware store this morning — yellow ochre, cadmium red light, lunar black, and zinc white.

I’m thinking the carrot boy’s crazy eyes may not be quite right for a children’s book.

A year from now I’ll look back on this painting and say, “That was the painting that gave my career a whole new direction.”