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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!


2 Responses to “Don’t Look Ethel! It’s the ‘Painting of the Day’! (Friday edition)”

  1. Toby Says:

    Mr. Russell,

    It may seem like pissing in the ocean to you, but it’s some of the most incredible urine to ever arc into that mysterious cerulean tide. I’m not saying you should start hacking on your ear lobes, but Van Gogh wasn’t exactly feted by the bourgeois wine and cheese Cracker club while he was alive. He’s probably spinning at 10,000 rpm in his grave if he can see who’s cumming over his work now. As far as the negative self-talk goes, my friend, nothing is a waste of time. Do you think Nelson Mandela would say the decades he spent in prison breaking rocks was a waste of time? We never know what we are preparing for, but we have to accept that if viewed correctly, everything is preparation. As much as we try to fool ourselves into thinking otherwise with our aberrant human narcissism, we operate in nature via the laws of physics, and in nature, nothing is wasted.The lion eats the antelope and shits out fertilizer for the grass to feed the next antelope to feed the next lion ad infinitum. At a basic level, all human thought and interaction conforms to this principle. The trick is in trying to see it, like staring at one of those magic-eye pictures where the image just suddenly materializes after 5 minutes of attempting to un-focus your eyes. Don’t loose faith and don’t loose the fire (especially the burning Viking ship, atomic Nagasaki, vortex prairie, electric lightning, ignited-bush-on-a-mountain-in-the-wilderness FIRE. :). Remember this, the seeds of the lodgepole pine cannot germinate unless first heated to a temperature above 125 degrees. This can only happen if the forest burns.

    From Wikipedia: “The lodgepole is a fire adapted tree. The bark of the lodgepole pine is fairly thin, minimizing the defense the tree has to fire. The way that these stands regenerate is so densely populated that they self thin, or out compete, each other leaving dead trees in the stand. These dead trees often fall and become a dry ladder fuel to accelerate the fire to the crown of the tree. When the fire reaches the crowns of the trees, it can jump from tree to tree and becomes relatively unstoppable. These stand replacing fires are what the lodgepole pine relies on to be able to regenerate in the post burn area.”

    I’m not sure if that description is ecology. If you blur your eyes and stare a little sideways, it looks a lot like philosophy.

    I love your work. Please keep making it, please keep connecting it all together in a giant spider web of multiple mediums, and please make some prints available so that I can get something hanging on the wall that can be supported by the puny studs and wanna-be drywall of my manufactured home 🙂

    Cheers bro.

    • You’re right of course. Sometimes it’s hard to see. Man, that stuff about the lodgepole is amazing! I had no idea. The past few days have been wildly up and down and it’s good to be reminded that it’s not for nothing. This means a lot man. And about the prints…I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and will get on it. Also, perhaps t-shirts. Art t-shirts. That could be cool. Hope to see you in person someday. Cheers to you as well, brother.

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