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Armadillo Stones

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I live in constant fear that one of these days, by hook or by crook (or nepotism, or sheer stupid luck) I will get a show at an actual gallery, and someone will stomp up to me at the opening, nostrils flared, and say, for example, "So what's the symbolism of the NAKED MOLE RAT, smart guy!?"

I would like to think that I would gulp out some kind of brilliantly extemporised response, possibly involving postmodernism, where I explain how the mole rat, the other hairless pink mammal, is in fact a symbol of our species, naked in the face of art, and the turnips symbolize...um...the connection with the earth...or something...and the goldfish in the bag is...err....the psyche...carried by...donkeys....

And then I'll curl into fetal position, whimpering, because hell, I just like naked mole rats and all the rest, and I have no good answers to anybody's demands that I explain symbolism.

Like this guy. I oughta have some great analysis of the artist as armadillo, emerging from its carapace to trek across the vast plain of art, stumbling into great stylized stone monuments of other armadillo-artists, by which to chart one's creative course, as one sets out, alone, armed only with a sense of the absurd.

But c'mon, let's face it, it's just a painting of an armadillo with a fish on a stick. Because sometimes, you wake up in the night and think "HEY! Armadillo shaped rocks!" and it all just goes from there.
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I'm not sure about this one. I can't say it didn't match my mental vision, because my mental visions are so brief and blurry that there's not really anything to match. Still, it almost feels more like a study for a painting than a completed painting for some reason. Part of it is that it's fairly simple, but I'm not sure if that's all of it. Not quite sure what it's missing, or what I should be doing to expand on it. I don't get the feeling that it's unfinished so much as that there's something else to do with the idea. It may need to percolate in the back of my brain for a bit, and maybe the little armadillo and the big stylized stone armadillos will all come together in some other fashion. I dunno.

Anyway! Painter 7, two days. PRINTS AVAILABLE! We have the 10$ prints, we have the $45 LE jumbo prints, you guys know the drill! Just send a note or an e-mail, and we can get it all set up.
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argentstonecutter's avatar
It needs an enormous misty half-seen crescent Jupiter softly outlined on the sky.

Seriously, I had to look twice to be sure it wasn't there.
Eliphasthedark's avatar
I really like this one here.  It tells a story that only gets better the more you think about it.
Aonasis's avatar
You are fascinating to read, you know that?
Don't get me wrong, I'm in love with your art like the next guy, but seriously, I just enjoy your little descriptions so much that I kind og get carried away, which leads to me surfing through more and more of your paintings to see what else you got to say.
Left-HandedDevilBrat's avatar
Wow, I really wish this was real. Is that weird? o.O Oh well, awesome picture. :D
yumyum36's avatar
One of the best pictures I've ever seen in my life, just plain awesome.
bagasuit091's avatar
Haha, I love armadillos! Very nice job. :clap:
MicroPup's avatar
You know the explanation you use to explain your work here is the one i use to justify my own now. I get alot of funny looks but I like fat little beagles damnit and i'm gonna draw them!
This is a tight picture! Armadillos are sweeeeeet.
milquest's avatar
The picture is great, and your comments on it are even greater. :D
ukitakumuki's avatar
unfinished or not, i love the stuff anyway. The worlds you have created are truly inspiring man. Keep truckin :)
rainbowangst101's avatar
I can feel the heat of the place, and it reminds me of my first remembered home out in the middle of the Mojave desert [45-60 minutes from a real grocery store]. I like the feeling this all envokes.
SDPC's avatar
hahaha...dude i'm so watchin' u :o
Cherry-Belle-Radish's avatar
I first saw this gallery about a year and a half ago, and followed it ever since. Now that i joined... I think this is the one that made me fall in love with your work, along with the "Naked Mole Rat Dreams". The two just send chills down my spine... in the best way possible!
freerangepenguin's avatar
This is one of those pieces that just floats through my head occasionally, and I'll have to go digging through my favorites list to find it. I don't know why I find it so captivating. Maybe I just secretly love armadillos. :shrug:

Anyway, I just thought I'd say something after having it on my favs list for nearly a year. ^^;
katatonik's avatar
this is insanely awesome.
istoleyourwings's avatar
Full view not working? Thats a shame.... I would have loved to get a better look at this.
neilthrun's avatar
Great Color use and I like the little guy. Intriguing to say the least, its not what I expected when I searched armadillo, but then again; what did I expect? Needless to say, its very professional work, I'll make sure to check out the rest of your gallery.
supergirlanna's avatar
wow... those look very magestic!
CloudlinerCorona's avatar
I like it a lot. Period.
valkea's avatar
You can always say: "it's all subconscious". Love the earthly oranges.
lunarflight's avatar
Love the colors, the rocks, the whole thing...

And particularly love the description that goes with it. Because, yeah, some days its just about the urge to paint armadillo rocks <3
kwsallee's avatar
Symbolism, bows in the face of the totally enrapturing "fish on a stick" :)
I love your work and the descriptions you offer, hold my attention as much as the image!
Thanks!
WildeGeeks's avatar
As someone who lives in TX, I have to say it instills me with a strange fear that one day the armadillos will rise up to reclaim the glory of this beautiful fallen society and we shall become their road kill.

But maybe that's just me ;)
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