Methodical Storm Clouds Form Over Anna, Texas. Ralph Fults Takes To Highway Robbery 2015. Acrylic on Masonite®, 20 x 13″
My friend Dan is counting his change to save up for his return to Texas. He took my moldy bottles left on the side of the road for the recycling men. I was too rich to spend the twenty minutes washing them to raise 65 cents. Or, as Dan reminded me, 78 cents to the 6 cent bottle return on the other side of town. So with my extra time, I begin a painting with a higher end in mind. Dan is an expert for making small monies work for big courage. But I am a philosopher. If I cannot get bottle return bids in exchange for the personality expressed in these paintings, then Dan will go to hell in Texas, or any outpost of dystopia where humans feel they need to sell precious time for chump change.
Dan needs money. But if I cannot raise it for him with paint, then he must come to terms with his own neurosis. If wealth was the chief end for all, earth would have exploded long, long ago.
These paintings and many more will go on auction at 7:00 a.m. on June 5, 2015, and will stay online (ebay) for seven days. A reserve bid of 78 cents for each won’t stop humanity from trying to exchange their bottles and eat the painter too. It may be a fact that no modern house will bid on a Throop painting to hang. It’s not full of fluffy mold, nor rimmed with some lip smear to wash away.
After Dan Leaves, I’ll Confront My Mortality Again 2015. Acrylic on Masonite®, 13 x 20″
Dan’s Favorite Toy On Earth Gets Swallowed By Another Fish In the Sea 2015. Acrylic on Masonite®, 20 x 13″