posted on September 26, 2008 at 8:25 pm

i sold the painting of ricki (ricky) (rikki)
uh huh
last night
i’m standin’ there
and i see em put a red sticker on mah ricki
(couldnt a wag have a lotta fun at a gallery and
some of them red stickers)
theres some old aussie hippie n ‘is missus
they bought ricki right from under my eyes
do you like the bjm sir i asked
never ‘erd of em says the bloke
do you know who ricki is ?
i ask
no i just walked in n i knew i had to buy that painting..
the blokes wife says
funny what a few bourbons n coke will do…
i choose to ignore this remark
and i tell him the story of the painting
how i sketched ricki in charcoal one night
while he was eating something at my place
i was sketching a lot of people
with my skinny charcoal that my dear friend amy s had given me
to tell you the truth
i didnt think it was that great
nor did el maymi as i remember
he looked at it n shrugged
uh huh steve….hey i’m gonna give you some new bill nelson
i put it away
later we had some dmt
which was actually the bark n leafy substances
off a perfectly legal wattle tree…not a drug as such
and then my ambitions kinda exploded for painting
and i wanted to get that aureole thing
(“its the aureole flying n fleeing”)
and rickis sketch was one of the first i mucked about with
i had a whole load of paintings
including great ones of eve and brother john
and i fixed em all one day in me shed
(ie i sprayed this poisonous blechh that stops the pastel falling off)
and i sent em all off to america
but fed ex lost em
and i thought ricki had gone down with the lot
last seen : gnome alaska
(after all this time i sent fed ex an angry email last week
still not compensated for my lost paintings after what? 8 months
and having holly show em the paperwork …
yes yes..these paintings were worth about 3 grand
thats what i woulda got for em all if they sold
and one was a commish that had already been paid for
they had let me hang on with no word whatsoever
i wrote em last week n said
dont bullshit me about investigating my case…
what …are there divers off the coast of alaska
sifting thru post it tubes and examining the dna..?
then they wrote back in their laughably bad english….
like ok if you gonna get “offshore” people
to process yer complaints at least make em learn the lingo
after having had my paintings lost
after having no compensation or word for six months
they communicate in some version of pidgin english
that would make mowgli the wolf boy blush
theyre paying me a hundred bucks
but not anytime too soon
“this processes may takes up to for weaks before we payee money
and tick box if you wanna sees a picture of my seester with your post it tube”
one day one of my little dorters came running up the stairs
look daddy you still got ricki
(seems he’d been left behind after all)
(scarlet: i like yer ricki i like yer ricki)
so ricki became part of my ohio exhibition
tho he actually predated most of it
then art groupie in australia ear marked it for their exhi
and holly said it coulda sold a few times between now n then
then the smh had it in there
there was something about it that people liked
regardless of me or maymi
it was like a hit single of a painting
and the art groupies liked it too
everyone did
oh well now its gone to a good home
but you can still get a print of it
i colourised it later
i put a stupid snakeskin jacket on him too
that he never wore at all
but it was his hair that did it
in the swirling whirls and whorls of his hair
i put all the colours in the book
and people liked that technicolour hair look
anyway again
i watched some more of “get stoned n paint” last nite
my my its coming along a treat
a serious must for artlovers of all ages and sizes
nelg has done a great painstaking job
i believe the total package featuring new music
will be a riccapoodley and a fangdoodly
of course last night n night before been singing with martin kenny d.
i love those songs we wrote n i love singing em
nk and some other friends were impressed
i had major argy bargy and mucho malarkey with taxis getting there
i turned up almost n hour late
the gallery was packed to the rafters
there was free booze
and the fuckin’ place was jumpin’
there were crowds milling round on the street
it was hot n bursting and humid as all hell
on an empty stomach i had 2 wines n a beer n bingo i was pissed
i was all hugs n smiles afterwards
as i wandered round dazed and sweaty
i enjoyed both nights
martin is one of natures real gentleman
and a unique writer n arranger
polinski has already started mixing our record
its like painkillers opposite
its a very interior album
its very warm n soft n intimate n friendly
it doesnt challenge you with spacey bombast
its just very compact pithy poignant songs
i believe we captured something here
more gigs with martin in dec with painkiller
so that was that
nelg survived babysitting the doodles plus woofle plus coco n lola
he lived to tell the tale
c and a-m had a good time (they said)
the kids were all ‘appy
i sold a painting
the gigs were good
thats another blogge….!

29 Responses to “zig zag rice”

  1. avatar
    jackfrostbruise | 26 September 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    Hey Steve, I have one of your paintings hanging in my office and lately it has been telling me to kill my wife. Is this normal?

  2. avatar
    don joe | 26 September 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    Yeah, gotta love life

    don joe

  3. avatar
    the dean | 26 September 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    which proves that things are only as good as they are right now. enjoy.

  4. avatar
    the dean | 26 September 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    I suggest turning the comments of until that idiot goes away.

  5. avatar
    jackfrostbruise | 26 September 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Hi the dean, am I the one you are referring to as an idiot? If so relax, it was just a simple joke.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    glad it all turned out so well!enjoy the day.

  7. avatar
    athanasiuspernath | 26 September 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    proudly wearing my painkilla preorda tee shirt. it’s perfect for a teacher. the shirt watches the funny bunch, and they’re pretty much intimidated. painkiller boosts job success. ha ha. and while we’re at it, painkiller is the best sk album since the days pre-unearthed. exploring a different part of the jungle than the one with the elephant god sitting in it…when remindlessness was a whole world created by a demi-urge who hid behind a thick wall of bits and ideas and flashes and sounds, painkiller is the demiurge himself recording a solo album after creating a world of his own…

  8. avatar
    kat | 27 September 2008 at 1:14 am #


    glad to hear the kk gig and art gig went well!

    went to see robert pollard/boston spaceships last nite as part of this midpoint music festival affair. great show!!! i love the southgate house and i agree that it is the best venue around for miles. however, we also drank on empty stomachs, so after many rounds of screwdrivers, and waking up this morning to the deafening roar in my ears, still trying to recover!

    peace out all x

  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 September 2008 at 1:40 am #

    I know very little about Ricky but the painting of him is uniquely alluring. It unveils a rugged, capricious, playful and confident character. If only SK could paint or draw Steve Vai. He’s California’s mystical and spellbinding guitar virtuoso. So dynamic- his riffs are akin to or even surpass Edward Van Halen’s. Vai’s a Buddhist vegan and a beekeeper with an entrancing aura. It’s probable that Ricky knows him and it’s certain that he knows about him.

    Julian Cope’s recent “Black Sheep” CD release is stellar. The strident Druid is inordinatly and offensively critical of Judaism, Islam and Christianity but the music is refined- a long overdue return to form. The Druid don’t like “Sky Gods.” He can’t cope with them and denounces them as sexist. An anachronistic and talented British pagan musician, lyricist and vocalist=Julian Cope.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 2:24 am #

    Proud to be an art groupie. Two of my favourite things – music & art.
    Beautiful songs and singing last nite. Good to finally put a face to Mr K. He's a lovely guy. You work with so many different personalities, would never be boring.
    Congrats on the two masterpieces on show, if I had the money would have loved to buy them. Heard a lady say that Ricki was the best painting there, she may have a point. Admire the guys taste who bought it, surprised he didn't know who it was. Thought Mr R himself would have bought it.
    Sorry about no compo for the lost paintings, life is a …… sometimes.
    Ok, I've had my Gush for today. Need a huge overdose of Painkiller this arvo, should be just the cure I need.

    Peace & love,

  11. avatar
    Thee Mr. Ricky | 27 September 2008 at 3:40 am #

    Nice one, Steve!
    Thats FABULOUS news!!!!!

    and Therese…

    I would have bought the painting if I had the cash, or, more importantly, a wall to hang it on..!

  12. avatar
    davem | 27 September 2008 at 4:30 am #

    Hiya SK and Ricky.
    Glad both nights were a success.
    Off to the North Devon coast now.
    Have a good weekend all.

  13. avatar
    steve kilbey | 27 September 2008 at 4:53 am #

    stefan fandorin pernaths review of painkiller is a corker
    read it at hotel womb
    i had a real good chuckle!!!!

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 5:10 am #

    Are you a Democratic or a Republican ?? I will purchase Painkiller depending on how you answer .

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 6:05 am #

    whose coco and lola?

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 27 September 2008 at 6:24 am #

    so there you go….i bet your missing artwork will turn up hanging in the new york metropolitan art museum or something like that…first day of two weeks off, gotta love that feelin’ (hands up all those parents who are already being driven mad from kids asking ‘….and what can i do now?’
    love always…

  17. avatar
    matt davison | 27 September 2008 at 6:54 am #

    I would fancy a portrait of me please mr K.(images off google)or

    And in return, I shall give you the one I did of you that, I have been offered more than a few bucks for….

  18. avatar
    eek | 27 September 2008 at 6:57 am #

    Oh I’m so thrilled! Last night before I went to bed I remembered the exhibit reception and thought “I bet one of those paintings sells tonight.” I’m so tickled for you. And it’s true, the Ricki painting is very appealing even to people who don’t know who either of you are. I had a lot of people comment on it at the June exhibit too. I’ve very glad it wasn’t in the lost FedEx package (still sad about the lost ones though).

  19. avatar
    sdlvoodoo | 27 September 2008 at 7:40 am #

    I would so love to have an actual Kilbey painting/drawing!

  20. avatar
    persephone2u | 27 September 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Brien C,

    I’d completely forgotten about the J. Cope record. He lives just down in Avebury and I conversed with him and have been meaning to go there one day and get a proper tour from the master himself but am much too lazy. =)

    I just read the Painkiller review (invoking Neu! even — a good sign) and must say that if Outbound is any indication the record is going to be bloody brilliant! Those are some tasty, tasty guitars on there. Very spacey music with a lovely pulsing groove. As long as it shows up before I jet out of the country next month I will be very happy indeed.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    Steve, the Maymi painting is in the SMH again today, Spectrum section, page 6. Smaller write up than last week, but it seems it’s the icon pic for the exhibition.

    Congratulations on the sale. Did you come across David Kagan?

    Nighty night.


  22. avatar
    isolde | 27 September 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    worked out well you were late, an hour earlier it was twice as packed, twice as noisy and twice as hot, cos the beer hadn’t run out, and later they brought a fan in

    for the benefit of your readers who couldn’t make it i will try and write something or other

    last nite venue was first floor of the tap gallery on palmer street off oxford street

    there was stacks n stacks of people bright lights lots of free drinks and free cds, and paintings photos and a very cool theremin bridge sculpture by nick from toydeath. must go back and have a proper look without crowds tomorrow. sk’s painting were in the middle of the room on the left as you go in. apart from the ricki one was jim’s mirror the jim morrison one

    all india radio played through the heat and crowds and noise, lovely music and leona has a gorgeous voice, bit like katie noonan not quite as operatic, was really heavenly hearing them at the excelsior the night before, totally different venue there like a lounge room quiet, dark and relaxing, a really lovely show and sk sang beautiful

    anyway i think the set list was the same both nites
    there were five songs from this forthcoming kilbey kennedy collab called unseen music and unheard words … and unknown titles …sorry i am gonna have to make em up

    what lies ahead, then, all is one, both these were pretty cruisy, from what i remember, then my current fave song of this set, where he is giving the loving concerned parent advice to the child don’t fly too high etc, thats a beautiful one
    then the more impassioned i don’t know, no i think that really is what it’s called, i don’t know, sort of a conversation with himself, then the last one that is a bit like from a musical, called valentine, or the night you sold me … a painting … ! and of course the crowd wanted more but sk left em wanting just like a rock god should

    further media watch notes…
    the camera people from max were there, so it may surface on that variety of tv, also there were two articles on all india radio mentioning sk and an ad for the excelsior launch in local free street music magazine out at the moment

    signing off from downtown oxford st, your roving correspondent

    hello b.bon

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    How many times does the dude have to name drop Bill Nelson before you all run out and buy his albums? NOW!

  24. avatar
    kat | 27 September 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    r.i.p. paul newman. one of my all time fave actors>

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    i got a package


  26. avatar
    tim | 27 September 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    get stoned and paint will be released soon?

    I would love to buy it for my wife. She is a talented painter but stopped when she had kids about 10 years ago…i try and encourage her to take it up again, she says she’d love to but once she starts she can never stop and says it will consume her and nothing will get done.

    She did a great series long ago before the chillens came along…it was all about sperm…she did a skeletal hand whose bone were made of sperm in pointillism, painstaking stuff…she did a close up of a little guy swimming along to an egg. She also did a great clay spearm that was a candy dish..i told her she put condoms in and market to clinics and doctors. Maybe your movie might help encourge her to start again. I had her read an old blog you wrote that i bookmarked called “muddle through” it resonated. But i guess if you are gonna be good at it ya really gotta love it and want to do it…anyway..i am wondering if fed ex was used for that painkilla pak I ordered more than a month ago….guess it will get her when it does…or not..

    peace and joy to you all!

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 September 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Dear Persephone2U:

    Please do make a visit to Julian Cope. He’s brilliant but not on a consistent basis. “Black Sheep” is really a great CD. I don’t like his attacks on Judaism and Christianity but he’s a big supporter of women and animals. His spirituality appears to be based on Mother Earth and Goddess themes. “20 Mothers” is an incredible CD.

    Best Painkiller song is the ethereal “Celestial.” I need to play the CD several more times before I can fully incorporate it into my mortally wounded but kind mind.

  28. avatar
    athanasiuspernath | 27 September 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    brien c…i just watched the bbc feature with cope driving arond britain and telling about stone circles. aha, 20 mothers, my favourite track being leli b. he is pretty much over the moon, but there’s something i like about him.

    celestial is a great song to fave.

    and now i’m going to have a look in the urban dictionary…no idea what a corker is. a man from cork?

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 September 2008 at 9:54 pm #

    dear Ath,…superman was a corker!…i loved it when he sang “big spender”haha,corker means great!good morning.:)xo-Wag.

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