Monday, August 29, 2016

I Don't Like Howard Finster-All About The Outsider Folk Whore Money

This is from a conversation I was having on Facebook.This is all me talking and what I believe to be true.

"I don't like Finster. Maybe his earliest work, but what he set forth was basically folk art craftism and the destruction of the southern art narrative. Even Finster himself taught "how to make folk art classes" to the likes of...well, you know who. Can I repaint Finster? I wouldn't want to.

Finster was a craftsman, he put things together and slopped paint on them. Painted images from his "self made" religious visions. That is what George and I fed on for years, the idea that the person was more than the art. It was a joke. We made good art though. What people see from the Finster mystique is a bunch of "self-made artist" the problem is none of them have ever had their ass handed to them in a formal art critique, they just bumble around coming up with their own self made shows, self made gallerys, self made following....eventually it runs out.

You have to self critique as an artist,none of these people including Finster knew what that meant.

Their worth was based on what sold at craft fairs, then certain museums and galleries made it legit.

But when they realized their product was basically massed produced , what happened?

Finster was a true Outsider artist, until he started making money at it."

I Don't Like Howard Finster-All About The Folk Whore Money

This is from a conversation I was having on Facebook.This is all me talking and what I believe to be true. "I don't like Finster. Maybe his earliest work, but what he set forth was basically folk art craftism and the destruction of the southern art narrative. Even Finster himself taught "how to make folk art classes" to the likes of...well, you know who. Can I repaint Finster? I wouldn't want to.
Finster was a crafstman, he put things together and slopped paint on them. Painted images from his "self made" religious visions. That it is what George and I fed on for years, the idea that the person was more than the art. It was a joke. We made good art though. What people see from the Finster mystique is a bunch of "self-made artist" the problem is none of them have ever had their ass handed to them in a formal art critique, they just bumble around coming up with their own self made shows, self made gallerys, self made following....eventually it runs out, because in the end to can't be a real artist unless you self critique....and none of these people including Finster knew what that meant, Finster was a true Outsider artist, until he started making money at it."

Making Me Make Bad Art

Watch it while you can I usually don't leave these up very long, only for the two or three people that give a rats ass.

Monday, August 22, 2016

I am deleted-Back to the drawing board

A very large drawing board.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dog On A Vomit Pile-Does Anyone Even Care How High The Vomit Gets Anymore?

Chicken George is trying to drag me back in and down. He's leaving me phone messages again like the one below. He has a dog vomit painting up on Ebay and wants me to do one.

Just another trick to suck me back in, I know. His is about the dog always goes back to his vomit, Thinking I will be back, I know that what he is saying.

He made a video too explaining, but it is nearly X rated, telling a story about a gal and a pickle, shameful, I aint putting it on here. My dog is not eating his own throw-up, he just can't stop and it's piling up underneath him.

So who do you think this dog is, Red or Chicken George? Maybe it's a political figure who won't shut-up or the media?

There's a lot of vomit out there. Does anyone even care how high the vomit gets anymore?

Listing is here

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Catfish Stringer, Long John Rabbits Food Box Art Sabbatical

I've decided to not list my available work for a while. This will be implemented soon. My older Red Mud's and other art is starting to pop-up more in auction catalogs so it's out there enough. It is hard marketing your art on your own. I've been lucky I guess without even a website. Maybe it's time or a gallery I can fit into, that has not been easy to find either, not that I've ever looked though. It is hard to find anyone you can trust in the art biz. So, I will still post on this blog from time to time and thin my Sunday listings of 1-3 paintings down to zero? We shall see...who's looking at this blog anyway? I may as well be a janitor or a lawn boy and make my art for myself.

This painting is called Catfish Stringer, the latest from the food box series. It is available for one week click here

Below is The Long John Rabbit It was my previous most recent work in the Food Box Series. It sold.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vagrant With A Savannah Swamp Dog Painting

The vagrant is gonna be up in that marsh oak all night long.

That swamp dog has his scent, until something better comes along.

It's alright though...

That vagrant is feeling no pains and in no hurry at all.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hog Sloppin', Frog Giggin' & Bird Doggin'

I'm working on a large painting about a hog slopping frenzy. I wish I could post photos, but revealing my process would definitely bring out a few Mr. Slugworths and they can stick where the sun don't shine. My Grandad kept a slop bucket by the kitchen table for his pigs.
All the scraps went in there, if a cigarette got accidentally scraped in "paw' would have a fit. Even though he was the only person smoking, you got blamed for the damn butt in the slop bucket. When we would get out to the pins to slop the hogs he always had a big stick or a bat. He would knock the living daylights out of the big hogs if the little ones couldn't get in to the frenzy. And the funniest thing was watching him cuss and whack if two hogs started fighting, Grandpa right in the middle.
There's a few low-life's out there over the years trying to steal my "Red Mud" look and stories, they're just trying to steal from my life because they have none of their own. These particular paintings of mine from over the years are an autobiography, my life sold on Ebay...my God. This painting I did as a break from a larger variation I started before.
I had to do this painting to figure things out, because the larger version is kicking my ass, when you see, if you see it, you will understand. It just might be the most challenging Red Mud I've tried, ....stay tuned.

So I did this smaller version of sorts to try and work something out. It really doesn't do the big version justice, but I am happy with it nonetheless.

Then there was this fella, sneaking around in the Savannah marsh, looking for bullfrogs to gig. When I was a tiny kid my Grandad in Texas had a huge frog gig.

It hung in the rafters of his garage. It must have been 12 feet of bamboo and an iron gig on the end. They gigged frogs out at the family farm in ponds, but out there in Texas they didn't call them ponds, they called them tanks. I love fried frog legs, one of the best things you can eat.
By the time I was old enough, we just caught the bullfrogs with our fishing poles and a dry jig...or the .22, BB gun, bow and arrow, etc. I also love Savannah, I'm moving there someday. In the mean time I go down there as much as I can...frogs better watch out.

But don't get me started on hunting southern quail vs. California quail. There is no debate. California quail is a man challenge, Southern quail, you're letting the dog do all the work.

I never hunted quail in the south. Saw enough of it though from the high class hunters. I did hunt California quail. California quail were much bigger and more challenging to hunt. You could not use a dog out there. You had to use a quail call and stalk the covey through the thick California Chaparrel. A bird dog was useless out there.
When you hit a covey it seemed like a thousand birds all at once swarming you and you shot like hell, just hoping your bird wouldn't land in a slew full of wild hogs. If so, you better find the nearest tree, because birdshot aint gonna do nothing to a mad wild hog. Click here for my art listings (although some of my auctions do not show right away because eBay is really screwed up these days, so check back from time to time. I probably should be quitting eBay here in the near future, it's just become such an addicting activity with the art over the years.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Watcher Rabbits Georgia Red Mud Painting

They're watching you watch them.

You're watching them watch you.

I watched you watch them.

And you watched me watch you.

This painting has sold.

Available Art Sometimes Click Here

Sunday, March 20, 2016

More Rabbit Butcher, More Big Elk, More Cats, Hounds, Trees!

I'm still on this Rabbit Butcher figure. It's been a few weeks since I stared at the huge canvas. In between theres been another small one then this on some birch...I like it!

And then there's some other things I have worked on and worked on then shoved someplace here and there. Later on that though, it aint like I'm getting paid to blog or something.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Lady With A Laying Hen Hat & Rabbit Butcher #2-Georgia Red Mud paintings

I think the cold is done for the year here. No more dealing with firewood and 4 layers of clothes. I've been working with themes lately. My Granddad had a meat house out at the farm. I remember the big tree trunk butcher block, the cedar ham curing box and the huge walk in freezer full of farm meat, homemade sausage, liver pudding, catfish stew, wild game and homemade cheese.

Lady With A Laying Hen Hat is what I call one of my Blue Burst Red Mud Paintings. This lady walks around selling eggs. The hen lays them on her head and she just drops them down into the basket. About as fresh as they get.

Old school food, I bought some Mexican blood sausage the other day and have a fridge full of farm fresh double yolk eggs-strange, odd shaped things you will never see in your chain grocer. Time for my shady painted figure to cook.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Rabbit Butcher Beer Box Painting

I think I'm gonna do some larger variations of my beer box work. Been saying that, I have before and vice versa. Juggling the Estranged oil painting theme and the classic Red Mud/Black Figure has been just that-a juggle. I like them both and I can do them.
Who knows, like everything, it will evolve and morph, I'm sure.
Everything gets butchered eventually.
Then put back together again, one way or another.
Why not? click here if you want to bid on the Butcher or whatever else I might have

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Libba With A Sunburst Parlor Guitar-Georgia Red Mud Painting

She's usually playing her Prewar Martin.
This time she's picking an old sunburst parlor guitar.
I think this is one of my best Georgia Red Mud Paintings.
I'd like to see it hanging in a museum someday, but they usually don't give artist like me that time a day...
...at least while I'm still kicking.
Available At This Click For A While

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Devils Rocking Chair A New Year Painting

Lulled in by a California like holiday season, the cold hit from nowhere a day after New Years.
Now, most of this 130 year old house is 30-40 degrees at times, the dish soap freezes in the kitchen.
Confined in a room with a wood burning stove, constantly tending it, like the devil in a rocking chair.
Another year of trying to find meaning behind this internet art hustle, the voyeurism.
available here