Sunday, March 26, 2006

Monster

I can't think of anything more monstrous than unprovoked pre-emptive war and the resulting death and maiming of countless human beings.

Monster
Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is strangling the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole world's got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

1970 Steppenwolf

The complete lyrics are here.

(Acrylic paint and ink on 9x12 inch board. Click for larger image)

22 Comments:

At March 27, 2006 7:03 PM, Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Ah, Steppenwolf! Must listen to this again...
thanks for your comments. Which sociopath book(s) do YOU recommend?
Your paintings are so vibrant. (And I LOVE the Okapi!)

 
At March 27, 2006 7:29 PM, Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Great interpretation. Your "looking out of window" theme works well here too. Wonderfully rendered as always.

 
At March 27, 2006 7:48 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

Incredible post! I remember Steppenwolf well! My brother played their records all the time. Your painting is amazing no matter what the meaning but the message is clear in this and it's great!

 
At March 27, 2006 8:33 PM, Blogger lilmayosis said...

wonderful post. i like how you added more to the theme -- such as the looking out the window. also, all the different colors you used brought more into the picture.

 
At March 27, 2006 8:41 PM, Blogger carla said...

A strong statement, Jaimie. The beast of war seems perfectly content to watch the destruction from its safe place... Your choice of the Steppenwolf lyrics is erfect with the painting. On a purely aesthetic level, the colors are gorgeous and the architecture very beautiful. Your war monster has its own charm like you =r other creatures.

 
At March 27, 2006 9:02 PM, Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Awesome illustration to go with an awesome post!

 
At March 28, 2006 3:27 AM, Anonymous ill. said...

like those strong colors that look like 3d or alive :)

 
At March 28, 2006 5:28 AM, Blogger Caroline said...

Fabulous picture - love the colours and the concept.

 
At March 28, 2006 8:11 AM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Very timely and moving piece.

 
At March 28, 2006 9:13 AM, Blogger Twisselman said...

Hands down my favorite all-round post of the week. Beautifully rendered, but chilling, message.

Here we are 36 years after those lyrics were written, and they seem just as, if not more, appropriate now as they were then.

What has become of our songwriters who acted as our social conscience? The music 'stars' and 'idols' are too busy making sure their entourage is stocking the Evian and champagne in their suites, I fear.

 
At March 28, 2006 9:49 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Beautiful! Did you complete it this weekend?

I love the minerets (however you spell it.)

 
At March 28, 2006 9:58 AM, Anonymous Daughter said...

i love it i love it!!!
i love that you can make it so political without being overwhelming.
yay!
you should post a picture of the kitchen with all the paintings hanging around the window. they look GREAT together!!! :) xoxoxooxxo

 
At March 28, 2006 12:39 PM, Blogger albina said...

Wow…very powerful.

 
At March 28, 2006 1:56 PM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Another wonderful surreal piece!! :)

 
At March 28, 2006 2:23 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Bush should get himself a Steppenwolf cd. Great interpretation!

 
At March 28, 2006 8:22 PM, Blogger zordis said...

I,m going to put you in my favorite seccion. Just love your job and did loose you for a wile.

Love your work now as always before!

Perfect colours and your imagination is just what I need :)

Smile for you!

 
At March 29, 2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Toni said...

Wow! Amazing how lyrics from the 70's are still strong today. Your paintings are always strong and colorful. this one does get your attention

 
At March 29, 2006 11:34 AM, Blogger Hillitty Kukko said...

Your colors are fabulous, the whole work is!

 
At March 29, 2006 12:39 PM, Blogger HARDWAX said...

Really dynamic monster illo, Steppenwolf lyrics perfect with this.
Also i'm always taken by the color- the way it looks like, it has a sheen or colored wax look to it, so unique.

 
At March 29, 2006 4:09 PM, Blogger the heartful blogger said...

I love the juxtaposition of the almost ancient mythical looking creature against a backdrop of modern warfare. A striking image, makes you stop and look.

 
At April 01, 2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Arbriel said...

I Love this. You are not only quick, but spot on with the lyrics and the illustration. I so admire your work! It inspires me to keep trying!

 
At April 04, 2006 5:18 PM, Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Hi Jaimie, I'm back! I've come back cos I'm taking a look again at the work of people I like in terms of style. Do you feel you have a style, and how did you develop it? Was it something you did consciously? I'm just going through a bit of soul searching about this at present. Thanks.

 

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