The American Crow Series

 

You can track the progress of new and nearly completed work by following my Facebook album for the series here.

Primitives

New crow primitives for artist markets and festivals

 

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The Revolutionary Halo of (Social) Justice

***This painting received Honorable Mention at the Quinlan Visual Art Center’s 68th annual Members’ Show***
UPDATE – This painting  has been selected for the Vision 2030 Free Range Art Project. The mural depicting this work is located at Grove Street Station, 610 Grove Street, Gainesville, GA. (Behind the Colored Egg)

Completed: 2013

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 40″ x 30″

Price: $1000

Notes: Professionally framed.

**This painting is represented by the Braselton Gallery. If you are local, purchases can be made through them during business hours. Please call the gallery for out of town purchasing inquiries: (678) 960-8977

Description: The Revolutionary Halo of (Social) Justice

This painting is a conceptual portrait of Saul Alinsky’s political philosophy as described in Rules for Radicals. It is a glimpse into the motivations and strategies of one of the masterminds of the modern progressive movement. Those of you who are not yet familiar with the back story on my American Crow Series can learn more here.

Like other paintings in the series, it is a conceptual portrait of the subject as they are; drawing parallels to the less savory nature of the crow. In this series, I am developing iconography to represent the progressive movement, their goals, and their tactics. Their means to an end are often unpleasant and go so far as to infringe on the human rights and civil liberties of the very people they are purporting to help. Consider this a revelation, through cultural means, of the true intent of the progressive movement.

As noted, this particular piece focuses on the teachings of Saul Alinsky. I have incorporated some pop culture references and direct quotes from Rules for Radicals in the under-painting. Upon close examination, the more relevant portions show through, inviting the viewer to step up and examine the painting more closely. Of course, the crow stands alone as a piece of art, so it is not particularly relevant for you to know what it means.

I leave you, for now, with the quotes from the under-painting. The Revolutionary Halo of (Social) Justice will appear in my next article as accompaniment to a closer examination of Mr. Alinsky’s model for social destruction and reformation.

“Some men can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with.
Some men just want to watch the world burn.” – Alfred, The Dark Knight 2008

“…if one lacks the luxury of a choice and is possessed of only one means, then the ethical question will never arise…”

“To me, ethics is doing what is best for the most”. – Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals 1971

Safe?

Safe?

Completed: 2015

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 16″ x 20″

Price: $300

**This painting is represented by the Braselton Gallery. If you are local, purchases can be made through them during business hours. Please call the gallery for out of town purchasing inquiries: (678) 960-8977

Sinister Spy1

The Sinister Eye

Completed: 2015

Medium: Watercolor and Mixed Media

Dimensions: 14″ x 20″

Price: $150

Notes: Unframed

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

Completed: 2012

Medium: Acrylic on Skate Deck

Price: $150

Sinister

The Sinister Eye of a Spy

Completed: 2015

Medium: Oil on Wood Panel

Dimensions: Approx. 16″ x 12″

Price: $175

**This painting is represented by the Braselton Gallery. If you are local, purchases can be made through them during business hours. Please call the gallery for out of town purchasing inquiries: (678) 960-8977

Crows Marching

Crows Marching into the Red Night

Completed: 2016

Medium: Acrylic on Illustration Board

Dimensions: Approx. 12″ x 14″

Price: $100

Notes: Framed by Artist

**This painting is represented by the Braselton Gallery. If you are local, purchases can be made through them during business hours. Please call the gallery for out of town purchasing inquiries: (678) 960-8977

**All sketches below are samples of studio process and are not for sale. To commission finished drawings, contact frances@machinepolitick.com

American Crw in Flight, Study #1

American Crow in Flight, Study #1

American Crow Scavenging #1 finished drawing

American Crow Scavenging #1 finished drawing

American Crow #1

American Crow #1

American Crow #1 SOLD

acrylic, tempera, oil, and glitter on gessoed wood panel

22″ high x 29″ wide x 3′ deep

completed August 2012

A portion of the bid on this painting was donated to the Quinlan Center for their 2015 fundraising Gala.


Description:
The American Crow is a large black bird with iridescent highlights across its body. It has a very striking physical appearance and behavioral characteristics. It is considered an ill omen by some and a dirty scavenger by others. What better imagery could be used to describe the Occupy Movement?I am currently developing this idea and related imagery into graphic forms via a series of paintings, drawings and mixed media projects. I recently completed the first painting in the series, working out many details in style and technique. Detailed examination of the painting illustrates the idea that OWS protestors are merely cogs in the machine of  The State.In an effort to present a factual and reasoned defense of this analogy, I have spent a great deal of time on the OWS.org website and the Occupy Atlanta page in order to learn exactly what they are demanding. It turns out to be just about everything, but that is a topic for a future post. In addition, I subscribed to the Facebook page for Occupy Atlanta in order to get timely updates about events in my area. It’s infuriating at times, but it helps keep me focused and inspired.For now, I leave you with the culmination of my idea and the model for future works of art depicting what could very well destroy the culture of America.
Working Sketch for The Grapes of Wrath with composition and color notes

Working Sketch for The Grapes of Wrath with composition and color notes

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath SOLD

A portion of the bid on this painting was donated to the Quinlan Center for their 2015 fundraising Gala.

 

Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake: Part One SOLD

**The second work in this series, a portrait of Hillary Clinton, is in progress fall of 2015**

This painting was donated to the Quinlan Center for their 2015 fundraising Gala. 100% of funds went to the facility.

Description:
This painting was created in order to explore the hypocrisy and double standard in the Liberal community when dealing with the subjects of wealth and status in American society. Liberals would have you believe several false precepts in order to turn you against conservatives and wealthy individuals – things that are not mutually exclusive, as they would also have you believe.

1. Those who are wealthy, got that way by stealing from or taking advantage of someone else.

2. There is a finite quantity of resources, a pie if you will, and the rich are keeping most of it from you. The conservatives help them do this through favor.

3. America is an empire with a caste system, much like an aristocracy, with very little upward mobility. That which is available is granted to friends and family.

4. Wealth is not earned, but rather taken from one group and given to another.

Anyone with a basic understanding of economics can see these falsehoods for what they are; but what about the uninformed voter. As we learned in the recent election, the entitlement mentality, wealth envy and general ignorance of the American people outweighs rational thought.

While I was working on this painting, I came across a CNN iReport called,

A Tale of Two Cities- GOP says, “Let Them Eat Cake” written in December 2010. Aside from the fact that it was poorly written, it gives some insight into the perspective of the people we are dealing with. You have to understand the way propaganda works and the amount of time that it takes to do so to fully grasp how someone could assert the following idea: “While he did reduce government expenditures, opponents in the parliaments successfully thwarted his attempts at enacting much needed reforms. (Obama and the GOP)”.

In the context of the article, this is a clumsy comparison of Obama to Louis XVI, while also asserting that he has cut spending and struggled with unreasonable opposition and defeat of the programs he has tried to institute on behalf of the downtrodden. It is a perfect illustration of the way the Liberal elite twist history and facts to suit their agenda and influence the American public. You can learn more about this issue and some ideas I have for conservatives in The Creative Conservative Action Tools, written by myself and Christopher Cook of Western Free Press.

Because Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities was sited in the article, I decided to grab a copy and read it. Much like the phrase “Let Them Eat Cake”, which has been falsely attributed to Marie Antoinette, I was surprised to find that the book was not a story of the rampant evils of the aristocracy, although they certainly did exist and were represented fairly in the story. It also painted a picture of the ‘revolution’, it’s any-means-necessary and the ends-justify-the-means mindset. One could almost pretend it were a B-rated snuff film with limbs and blood flying indiscriminately if it were not for the historic accounts to back it up as having been horrifically real. The Reign of Terror falls short as a description for the atrocities committed under the pretense of “Liberte`, Egalite`, Fraternite`!” It is quite telling of the CNN author’s mindset that he would assert in his article the idea: “The French Revolution was a dark time in France’s History. That time gave way to increased freedom and more equitable distribution of the country’s prosperity.” I encourage you to read up on the history of the French Revolution if it is unfamiliar to you – we are on much the same path.

The Bread and Circus Crow

The Bread and Circus Crow

The Bread and Circus Crow SOLD

 

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

Medium: Acrylic on Skate Deck

 

Harbinger1

Harbinger #1 SOLD

Medium: Mixed Media on Wood Panel

RevHalo#1

Revolutionary Halo #1 SOLD

Medium: Mixed Media on Wood Panel

11″ wide x 16″ high x 2″ deep

Completed: 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • […] This painting is a conceptual portrait of Saul Alinsky’s political philosophy as described in Rules for Radicals. It is a glimpse into the motivations and strategies of one of the masterminds of the modern progressive movement. Those of you who are not yet familiar with the back story on my American Crow Series can learn more here. […]

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