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PHARMAGARDEN by RSConnett PHARMAGARDEN by RSConnett
Acrylic on wood panel. 18" x 24" (45.7cm. X 61.0 cm.)

This is a commissioned painting. The commissioner is in the pharmaceutical business. He suggested that I include (if i could) some of his wares. That was an opportunity for me to express my feelings about the subject in symbolic prose, via my paint and imagination.

The scrotal looking plants in the painting are my favorites, California Pitcher plants, also known as "COBRA LILIES". These clever plant adaptations entice their insect pray into a narrow mouth, heading toward a digestive "pot" with inward pointing hairs, preventing the insect from reversing out.

note: In the foreground; The rod of Asclepius , also known as the asklepian, is an ancient symbol associated with astrology, the Greek god Asclepius, and with medicine and healing. It consists of a serpent entwined around a staff. (sans frog)

When asked about my feelings about the painting the following;

ABOUT 'PHARMAGARDEN' ~

Of my feelings, ideas and images portrayed in this painting, some are new, but many recur for me. This environment in the painting is a "garden" or "swamp" which I see and daydream about often in my life. It's a place conjured from a deep distant memory of my childhood. It is a place by water in a dark dense forest where I was completely content and spellbound by its beauty, tranquility and “aliveness”. I have dreamed of this place many times, and instinctually think of it as my personal "heaven." If there is such a place as heaven, mine will be a green and lush place in a universal forest of pulsating life.

The water in the painting is still and deep. It contains many life forms, and is itself alive. Deep water has always mesmerized me. The dead man in the pool is a symbol of my personal death. I have introduced this image into many of my paintings. The insects and small creatures represent my fascination with worlds of tiny complexity. The skull, for me, is always a symbol of death. In this work I have used the skull to epitomize the fear and loathing I have for the hazards of being a human in a world alive with fearful biological perils, (and hence, my use of the symbol for “bio-hazard”). From this skull, which is born from the mortar and pestle, comes the capsules, tablets and injections often necessary to help cure what ails us.

The forms that protrude from the sides of the composition are experiments in “abstract symbolism” (for lack of any better descriptive term) They don't necessarily represent anything, and yet, I hope they vaguely represent something different, and I hope a bit of a mystery, for all of the people who will eventually view the painting.

This painting took 168 hours to complete over 24 sessions.

... R.S. Connett, 6/9/2011
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:iconsel-diora:
Sel-Diora Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
such is death.
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orcanerd Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!  I was thinking I would hang this my own pharmacy. 
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HHHopkin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You might try to look at a skull as a sign of the perseverance of life as well. We build ourselves from earth and return to it when our cycle has ended, leaving our bodies to be reborn from the planet. In this way the old is always cycled into the new and life continues through samsara. 

Your art is stunning. Thank you for sharing. =3 
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GertrudeFood Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student
Love the painting and the story :)
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Sandra1946 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Patience is the key to such detail painting. Beautiful! Your style is different from anyone I've ever seen. That's just one of the many things I like about your work.
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SkrDoodle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
This is amazing, and it's great that you explained the symbolism behind it.
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joejimmy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Simply marvellous!
Your Art is Pure psychedelia!! :hooray: :w00t:
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stardust30 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
love it
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:iconmistersali:
MisterSali Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow this is beyond words dude... unreal product, you are a great influene to us all. :)
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:iconthomasbossert:
thomasbossert Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
F A N T A S T I C !! :clap:
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:iconquaddles-roost:
Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love how you used colour in this piece. Really gorgeous work.
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:iconlucarossimartini:
LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Just Wonderful!
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:iconlobrau:
lobrau Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
awesome
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:iconmegalodonmax:
MegalodonMax Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The frog looks like he's about to barf.
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:iconleicha:
leicha Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
i absolutely love you for this piece, for obvious reasons :) *hint* the frog *hint*
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any time I see one of your paintings, it takes at least 5 to 10 minutes for it to begin sinking in, lol. I love the color, fluidity, and immense detail. They always make my heart jump in my throat. This one is definitely a favorite. I must say they are always worth the amount of time you put into them because there is no way the viewer cannot appreciate.
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kidkovdrop Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Snakes Alive, Dude! I am in the process of working on a 6 foot painting that is aboound with snakes, specifically Cobras, and I also have put in it not the rod of Asclepius but rather the staff of Hermes.
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:iconvivalavida:
VivalaVida Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what a wonderful work, so many details. A little creepy but fascinating. Bravo. :clap:
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
very very cool! Niice work! :love:
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:iconpetruva1991:
petruva1991 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely work! it took you such a long time :wow:
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, It does take me time to make these paintings! Sometimes I think time is my adversary. Perhaps time is the enemy to all of us?
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
yes, but only until we realize that it doesnt even exist. lol :P
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:iconpetruva1991:
petruva1991 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed!
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:icondeathofatragedy:
DeathOfATragedy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting symbolism depicted here, in an introspective manner of course. :)
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconsanderjansen:
SanderJansen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love it! Really like the head in the water.
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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SanderJansen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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shadownexu5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic :jawdrop:
To me it almost looks like a biological factory (which I spose sums up the entire pharmaceutical process in a way)
Awesome work :clap:
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! Thank you very much! :D
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PokemonBacon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:o
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SpacerHunterZORG Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Excellent! Oh man, don't even get me started on the health "care" industry and the FDA. And Monsanto. And...
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah ... Don't get me started either. F-ck them. Fat Cats feeding on our blood, FOR real!
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Immy-is-Thinking Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:omg: this is amazing... there is so much in it...
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Amaranth-Pink Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
How you implement his career's tools fascinates me.
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Intriguing imagery! Love the title. It brought an association with the word 'Armageddon'...(perhaps a 'war' on drugs?)

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“Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition.” -(Jack Handey)
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I thought of that - considered "PHARMAGEDDON" but not enough violence in the piece for that.

Thank you much! :D
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:iconlietuwis:
lietuwis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
mind blowing !
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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samuca345 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
spectacular!!! :D
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
:clap: Splendid work and concept
just the coils of the snake are a bit unnatural
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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9thDimension Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
absolutely brilliant art, well done buddy
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you much! :D
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Krullish Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing as always. I especially love the reflections in the water.
One of these creatures reminds of something from 'Flight of the navigator'! :earth:
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:iconrsconnett:
RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Photographer
Dear vmaximus
Your Wonderful art work ... is selected to get in...Action-Portraits
If you agree...!!!
:iconaction-portraits:...:heart:
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