I always enjoy painting unusual, fun paintings like this. I painted a real, Brazil's national currency, for a play on the question, "Is it real? Is the real real?" Beside the real is a little clown figurine with balloons. The question could be asked once again: "Is it real? Can that be possible?! Can balloons make people fly?" On the paper note I wrote the silly question in French, "C'est real?"
- Jose H. Alvarenga