I originally painted Pumpkin Panic for a small works art show; it sold immediately to someone who shares my mischievous sense of humour!
This image came about, innocently enough, because I was carving pumpkins with the grandkids. I was sketching faces on sticky notes for the children to see before we made any cuts.
The faces stuck to the pumpkin rinds were so funny that it didn’t take me long to envision this dramatic kitchen scene. (My wife, Sharon, was less happy about me jamming her good knife into the shelf, however.)
The sticky note face stuck to the pumpkin with blue painter’s tape was painted in the trompe l'oeil style, visual illusion where a painted subject looks real. I regularly have people to the side of a painting to determine if there is really paper and tape affixed to the canvas. (There isn’t.)
The rest of Pumpkin Panic was painted in a traditional still life style, using methods that would have been at home with the Dutch Masters over 400 years ago. I love seeing the mix of age-old techniques with modern subjects and sensibilities.