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Here’s Some Art! Go Look At It! Now! ‘Painting of the Day’ (Monday edition) July 11, 2011

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Hey folks! I have a drawing for you today. This is another from ‘The Periphery’ series. To me it looks a little like one of those floating mines left over from WWII. That wasn’t what I had in mind when I drew it. I was thinking of something a little more cellular. Cancer, maybe. Something foul. Diseased. I guess a mine works…have a great one everybody!


Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun…and the ‘Painting (photo) of the Day’ (Friday edition) July 8, 2011

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Hello! I have another photo for you today. This one is from a small series. Most people can’t tell what it is at first, so it has this kind of mystery to it. Also, it looks like a Brice Marden painting. Someday, I’ll blow these up and have large prints available. Stay tuned. Have a great weekend everybody!


The World’s On Fire! Make Sure to Save ‘The Painting of the Day’! (Thursday edition) July 7, 2011

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Hi folks! Ya know, I have another photo for you today. I actually posted this one (along with a few others) last week (not on the blog). But, I like the heck out of this image so, by God, I ‘m gonna put it up again. I know it’s unorthodox, but it’s Thursday. Thors-day. Don’t know what that means, but it’s as good an excuse as any. Have a great one!


Wednesday Starts the Weekend!! Hey Take a Look at the Painting (photo) of the Day! (Wednesday edition) July 6, 2011

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Greetings and salutations! Sorry I’ve been erratic with my posts the past week or so. Going from New Mexico to Texas is always kinda consuming, but there seems to have been a lot of stuff happening all at once lately (good stuff, just a lot). Anyway, I’ll do my best to get back on the horse. So today I have a photo for you. I don’t think I’m going to go into all the technical details of how I did it except to say that I did it at night and that the location is an arroyo. Other than that, I think it kinda looks like a cosmic, alien, weird football field. Perhaps from a world where humans are food. Or the footballs. Drop kick me Jesus…have great one everybody!!


All Hands on Deck at Dawn for the…’Painting of the Day’ (Wednesday edition) June 29, 2011

Hello everybody! Sorry I haven’t been posting the past few days, but we have been en route to Texas. We finally made it to Toledo Bend and right now I’m sitting on the back porch with Toto enjoying the sounds of nature. Lovely. Anyway, here’s an oldie but a goodie. It’s called ‘Mexican Radio’ for reasons that are somewhat obscure have a lot to do with Wall of Voodoo. This is one of the few paintings that I’ve done that has a ‘satellite’ piece (the long horizontal run on the bottom is not connected to the gun and the blocks of color).  This piece was in the museum show in Texas. A catalog was put together for the show and the lady who wrote the text inside asked me where the phrase ‘I’m peeping through the knothole’ came from. I told her that it was from a song that Bugs Bunny sang on one of the great cartoons where he matched wits with Yosemite Sam. When the catalog came out several months later, she had written that I got the quote from the Richard Wright novel ‘Native Son’, which is a far more serious piece of ‘art’ than any Bugs Bunny cartoon. I suppose Bugs wasn’t highbrow enough for her. Well, that’s too bad. Or perhaps she just couldn’t reconcile the more sinister intent of the painting with a song sung by a cross-dressing, singing cartoon rabbit. Who knows…have a great one!

Mexican Radio

30″ x 84″


Don’t Look Ethel! It’s the ‘Painting of the Day’! (Friday edition) June 24, 2011

Howdy! I missed yesterday’s post. Sorry about that, I was thinking about pissing in the ocean…anyway, this is the very first Confidence Man painting. It’s a funeral. A viking funeral. In the upper left corner, the Confidence Man watches from the top of a ridge. At first, he wasn’t in the painting at all, then I went back and added him in. Thus, a saga was born, or at least a four and a half year waste of time. When you look at the piece, think ‘Kid A’ by Radiohead. That’s what I was listening to at the time. Cheers!


The Arcade Fire love…’The Painting of the Day’ (Wednesday edition) June 22, 2011

Good morning! Today I have another painting from the ‘Fallow Ground’ series. It’s the biggest painting (I think) in the whole series, and one of the largest pieces I’ve ever done. I won’t go into all the symbolism I’ve loaded this thing down with, but I will say that I had a specific goal in mind when I started the piece: to make something that was so busy that it was difficult to look at. Seems like a strange goal, but I was listening to ‘Trout Mask Replica’ (Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band) a lot at the time so, you know…it just seemed like the right thing to do. I think I succeeded, at least a little. Have a great one!

Last Ditch (Agamemnon)

84″ x 180″

latex enamel on wood