No, the artwork itself is not surprising. What is suprising is how he interpreted the assignment. Look at his Cat painting:
This is exactly the sort of thing that always happened to me when we were homeschooling. The assignments and projects never quite went like I planned. He always had his own ideas. I'm used to that now and I have to say that this is not too bad in the painting department, I mean just look at that nice artistic swish in the lettering.
But where did he get the idea to use a bulldozer?
I guess it's just in his genes, in two ways.
One, his grandfather, my dad, worked for years for a company that sold Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment. So I'm sure that's part of how he came up with this.
Second, this kid was raised by me, so of course he would think something like this would fit the silliness of the project.
But the question is, did he learn this twisted thinking from me, or did I learn it from him?