Scenes From An Imaginary Western

My art, My Stories

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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