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Here’s Some Art! Go Look At It! Now! ‘Painting of the Day’ (Monday edition) July 11, 2011

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Hey folks! I have a drawing for you today. This is another from ‘The Periphery’ series. To me it looks a little like one of those floating mines left over from WWII. That wasn’t what I had in mind when I drew it. I was thinking of something a little more cellular. Cancer, maybe. Something foul. Diseased. I guess a mine works…have a great one everybody!


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


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!


Can I Have Kippers for Breakfast, with a Side of ‘The Painting of the Day’? (Thursday edition) June 9, 2011

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Hello all. I have a drawing for you today that has nothing to do with the Confidence Man (well, it’s kinda moody and dark so it’s not completely unrelated). It’s charcoal on paper and part of a short series. Basically, it’s a conversation between to men (John and Henry). Of course, in this particular piece, there’s only the one guy (Henry). I’ll show you the rest later. To make this even more confusing, I’m going to show them out of order so the conversation will be even loopier…feeling a bit impish today.  Have a great one!

30" x 42" charoal and a little paint on paper


Thirty Days in the Hole with…the ‘Painting of the Day’ (Monday edition) June 6, 2011

Filed under: Paintings of the Day — chuckrussell1 @ 8:23 am
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Good morning! Hope everyone had a fine weekend. I have a drawing for you today. It’s from the series entitled ‘The Periphery’. That whole series is about the search for God amongst the outposts. It’s also about sound: strange, echoing, underwater sounds. Could I be more vague? Probably. This is charcoal on paper. That’s straight-forward at least. Have a good one everybody!


Good Morning Captain, here’s your…Painting of the Day (Thursday edition) May 19, 2011

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Hola! Como Esta? Well, it’s Thursday and I have another drawing to show you (I might have to rename this feature ‘Art of the Day’ instead of ‘Painting’). C’est la Vie! This drawing doesn’t make any particular sense (much like The Band’s song ‘Chest Fever’), but it’s still good rock and roll (like ‘Chest Fever’). As my cranky old college professor used to say “it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it”. Is that freedom rock, man?! Well turn it up!

 50″ x 34″

charcoal on paper


It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…The Painting of the Day! (Thursday edition) May 12, 2011

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Morning all! This is one of those pieces that doesn’t fit into any category. It’s paint and charcoal on paper and it’s one of my wife’s favorites. I kinda like it myself. The image of the wrecked plane in the top panel got used again in other pieces. Actually, so did the surveyor at the bottom. To me, the whole thing is funny. Oh, and to complete the old saying scrawled across the nuclear blast in the center: …and the Devil appears.

“Speak of the Devil”

42″ x 24″

Charcoal and paint  on paper