"A Copse. Evening"

"A Copse. Evening"
A. Y. Jackson, 1918
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Now for something completely different...

Back in the dark days of my homemade shotgun dementia (don't panic - those days are still going on. Just keep it low key) I made reference to one of my colleagues from the canoe club.
This guy.
Somebody told him I said hey and, holy shit there he is.
Hi Pete.
Anyway, Pete called me an "artist" at which I pretended to bristle but mostly, I wondered what gave him that idea.
Conclusion: This picture - that I love dearly...

was not painted by me, much as I wish it was... although then I would have been a WW1 official Navy artist and I'd have to get my hair cut and... it would have been 90 years ago... I wouldn't know anybody...
It would suck.
I love this painting because I regularly saw it back during the most horrific eight weeks of my meager existence.
Bit 'a drama there...
During the initial three weeks of my boot-camp, on "Worm Island" they called it because it ... was an island.
We new boots were quarantined there, the idea being; if anyone with some weird, infectious disease sneaked in under the radar of the astute induction physicians, they would only infect other newbies, not the finely-honed cannon fodder across the creek.
Anyway, during that first three weeks, one of the chow halls we were herded through had this painting hanging, along with others where were lined up.
What's not to love?
This when I started to love "four-stacker tin-cans".
Problem is: I feel like I'm at AA. If everyone could just say "Hi, Dan" after I make my admission, this may go okay.

My name's Dan and I'm an artist.
Above, a triptych, "The Capitulation of St. Anthony".

As luck would have it, the Wiki page that link takes you to shows a Bosch triptych that I'm only slightly ripping off.

Some detail shots of some nice bits...

My favorite of the monsters...
'Tis a triptych remember;
The outside, closed:

Most erotic imagery ripped off from the best porno site on the web.
Acrylic, collage... pencil...mixed media.
The Navy pic from here.
It's free, unlike retroraunch.
Oh, the original photo.

3 comments:

Andy said...

That takes "Hollywood Babylon" one step farther...has Feral House written all over it!

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

House, he's that doctor, right?
He's gone feral?

jeg43 said...

Interesting. I liked the painting of the Allen so much I've put it up as wallpaper. After a short search, learned it was the only "thousand tonner" to make it into and through WWII. Looked for and found a source for plans, but they're expensive so doing a model will have to wait.
Did you ever serve on one? The specs make it seem to be a wet ride.

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