Once again, the Red Balloon has made an appearance in my painting.. I didn't intend to continue the exploration of this theme, but here it is. Another unexpected thing, I didn't expect the presence of a balloon in my paintings would create such tension. But again, there it is.
I titled this one "The Moment Before" after I sat and just stared at the painting for awhile, trying to figure out what is going on here.. Is the bird going to pop the balloon? Is this the same bird from the last red balloon painting? Is the cat going to jump for the bird? Are they friends? Why is the balloon tied to the cat's tail? Are they playing a game? Is the cat trying to trick the bird? I honestly don't have the answers. I just painted the image, but I don't know what is going to happen or how they got there. Your guess is as good as mine! So, this painting is about the moment right before we find out... it is an image frozen in time that is so full of questions, and tense with what will be.