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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

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Oh God, it’s Monday…time for the Painting of the Day (Monday edition) May 16, 2011

Filed under: Paintings of the Day — chuckrussell1 @ 1:52 pm
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Hey folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was. Anyhow, here’s another Confidence Man painting. It’s from later in the series, and the Confidence Man isn’t in it. The feet of the shadowy Navigator is, though. He can be seen in the right corner. There are several different story threads going on in this arc of the series: the theft of ancient artifacts, a rescue, civil wars, some kind of time travel, the rebuilding of the Temple, just to name a few. All of these are not in this painting, of course, I’m talking about an arc of several pieces. This one involves an unnamed civil war and some random violence/retribution. The Confidence Man, as always, is on the periphery. Always.

One more thing before I go, I have a story featured in a new anthology. It’s for tornado relief. Check it out. http://bit.ly/lhswVX

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