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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!


I Don’t Want a Holiday in the Sun, I Just Want My ‘Painting of the Day’ (Wednesday edition) June 15, 2011

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Hey people! I’ve got another ‘Fallow Ground’ painting for you today. It’s called ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ (that’s right, the Pink Floyd song), and I think it’s pretty danged funny. I can’t tell you exactly what the piece means, but the phrase ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is on the left hand panel and  it’s scrambled. That means something damnit! Have a swell day!

Interstellar Overdrive

36″ x 72″

latex enamel on wood


Hey Look At Me! I’m Holding the ‘Painting of the Day’! (Tuesday edition) June 14, 2011

Good Morning folks! I have another painting from the ‘Fallow Ground’ series for you today. It’s a big one, and it’s about my grandfather who was an airplane mechanic during World War II. The pin-up in the middle panel is the precursor to the girl who would haunt the ‘Confidence Man’ series. Those planes on the right are an aerial view of the airplane graveyard. The house…well, the house is just on fire. Have a great one!

Lee Roy (A Gathering of Shades)

42″ x 108″


Something’s Calling You, I Think It Might Be…’The Painting of the Day’ (Monday edition) June 13, 2011

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Hope everybody had a great weekend! Well, I have something a little different for you today. It’s one of the pieces from the series before the Confidence Man: ‘Fallow Ground’. This one is called ‘Seeing the Elephant’, and it’s sort of about the Civil War and the South, but really it just uses those things as a stepping stone into something else. I mean ‘Moby Dick’ isn’t really about a guy obsessed with a whale is it? No. The title ‘Seeing the Elephant’ refers mostly to experiencing combat for the first time, or learning a very hard lesson. ‘We have seen the elephant, gentlemen…’. This painting will always be tied to Nick Cave’s album ‘Henry’s Dream’. I was listening to it incessantly at the time. The dark Gothic (like Poe, not Marilyn Manson) feel of the record seemed to line up perfectly with this piece. Have a good day everyone!

Seeing the Elephant

30″ x 92″

latex enamel on wood