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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″

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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

 

It Wasn’t the Bullet that Laid Him to Rest it was…’The Painting of the Day’ (Tuesday edition) June 21, 2011

Hello. You may remember the first painting in this series (‘Partly Cloudy 72’). Well, here’s part two. Just for the hell of it. If you don’t know, the title of the piece (and what’s playing on the radio of the car as the sun goes down) is a song by Traffic. Here it is in all it’s 11 and a half minute glory The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys(give it a minute once you press play because the song fades in quietly). Listen and repeat. Have a great day everybody!

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

42″ x 72″

latex enamel on wood

 

Livin’ on Reds, Vitamin C and…’The Painting of the Day’ (Monday edition) June 20, 2011

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What’s up people? I have a drawing to show you today. It’s part of the series that is basically a conversation between two men. Collectively, the series is called ‘Henry and John’ (or ‘John and Henry’, it doesn’t matter). This is one of my personal favorites in the series, mainly because it reminds me a little of the Faulkner novel ‘Absalom, Absalom’. Probably because that building is a cross between a plantation home and a church. Plus, there’s a sinister quality to the whole thing. Enjoy, and have a great Monday!

Henry and John (A Conversation)

30″ x 42″

charcoal and paint on paper

 

Hey You! You Dropped Your ‘Painting of the Day’! (Friday edition) June 17, 2011

Happy Friday! Today I have another Confidence Man painting for you. It’s from the ‘Navigator’ part of the story and it’s definitely one of the weirdest CM paintings ever. In the top/center of the piece is the CM’s father, and he’s glowing. Well, burning actually. There is a time compression thing going on as well with multiple Confidence man scenes happening at the same time (he’s got a gun to his head-he’s passed out-two men are holding him up with an ax at the ready). Meanwhile, the Navigator is chasing little blue glowing balls that are floating up from his suitcase (these might be dreams, or memories). All of this takes place on top of slithering worm-like creatures (‘the worm dieth not’), I mean it is hell, after all. Have a great weekend!

 

I’d Like Some Scrapple and a Large ‘Painting of the Day’ (Thursday edition) June 16, 2011

Howdy! I have a drawing for you today. It’s from the Periphery series. At the time, I did it I was reading a book called ‘Blind Lake’ by Robert Charles Wilson (great, paranoid SF). In the book, there is a bit of a problem with machines (to put it simply) and one of the characters asks ‘Do you think it dreams?’ That, of course, got me thinking and I decided to draw my own abstract machine (it’s got an eye) and answer the question posed by the character in that novel: yes Charlie…it dreams. Have a great one everybody!