I painted this thinking about some of the cartoon art in movies and from the 1960’s and 70’s. Remember Yellow Submarine. How about Me and my Arrow? Those images and those story lines make me old too and so relatable to others. I like painting in contrasts. The red and green strike contrast as does war and nature. [ If you haven’t experience the musical video above then you are probably ignorant that they exist.]
Seems people do not relate to war. They do not understand it’s existence. They think it is unnatural. They want peace on earth and all that gooey stuff. But nature is pretty darn violent. Dog eat dog, cat eat rat! The world of nature is filled with violent behavior. Man is just part of nature, and it is unnatural for man not to kill each other. Not that I like it either.
One of my fav stories is about a man who wrote letters to some prominent members of English society. The message read something like “you have been found out, I suggest you flee!” These prominent people led scandalous lives, and so they did withdrawl their assets, and departed England. You know rats are the first creatures to abandon a sinking ship, right?
Back two thousand year ago, another story played out. It was the time when angels came down from heaven and sang “peace on earth, goodwill to men.” Afterwards the most unheard of thing happened, a baby was born in a manger, stepped with poverty, to become the king. That king said, “my kingdom is not of this earth.” The ordinary people wanted a king, to kill off the Roman oppressors. And, Herod the king was so threatened by this boy wonder that he killed off a town’s babies and infants 2 years old and under. The soil drank in the blood. That’s what peace on earth looks like. It was all natural.
The 60’s were all natural too. The hippies ran around with flowers in their hair. Vietnam was full of fire and blood. Protests broke out and violence erupted like fire from a Molotov cocktail. The violence of nature vs the nature of violence.
Thus the fire in this painting. Peace and war on edge, natural violence. General Mayhem! Rejoice in the contrast, the drama, the alarm of it all.