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Mamma Num-m-(b)er (and facts about headless cows) by Andrew Tomlins

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Mamma Nu-m-(b)er (as in numb) is the final main painting in The Curse of The Dumbo Octopi series. It has a to be continued feel to it and down the track I will develop this further. The main phrase pertaining to facts about headless cows relates to a conversation I had with fellow red bubbler Tuliptree regarding fear of putting yourself out there. We agreed that you just go and do it, being ready to have your head lopped off, but that you just keep doing it and growing new heads or get replacement ones. But in the end its a process and usually a painful one but if you can go on and endure, even headless, then its worth it.
[Ramble Alert]. I distorted the original phrase to more relate to the fear of the unknown and the manipulation of truth as an ends to a means. In the end it became unitentionally deep but I hope that it can be appreciated for the layering of pattern, colour and structure. Mixed media on 90 × 180cm linen.
And all the old ways have now been replaced by the new ways and in their newness they thrive like rotting vegetables under black plastic, a teeming eco-city of malcontent, retribution and worthy causes. There was no room for a soul but the technology has replicated this through diodes, triodes and motherboards of nickel plated wire and gellic facing. Faster, stronger and more colour co-ordinated we have a new cast and a new play to face the Enemy of the People.
Talon (formerly known as Wild Donkey Boy) – wears his Face Punch lucha libre mask and half of the co-ordinated Lowstar Budget fighting uniform.
The Winged Balaclavonaut (Formerly known just as The Balaclavonaut) – wears his Underground Fighter Pilot neck warmer / balaclava combination. His oxygen tanks are Hype the Nasal Spray specials.
Targethead (formerly known as Ice Cream Cone Man) – wears his red mellow targeto mask and the half of the co-ordinated Lowstar Budget fighting uniform
Sancho the Morph Pig – has been upgraded to a Shark Jet Pig but has trouble containing the afterburner.


cartoon, psychedelic, octopus, arrows, target, wild donkey boy, pig, chequerboard, mechanical, andrew tomlins


  • Jacqueline Gwynne
    Jacqueline Gwynnealmost 4 years ago

    Very cool, love this!

  • Thanks Jacqueline. Appreciate the comment. Like your knew avatar. Loved the other one too but its a definite mood swing from kicking in doors with happy angst to a more reflective calmer but colourful persona.

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Art At Its Best!

  • Hey Colin, Really really appreciate the feature.

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • JoStewart
    JoStewartalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome work love it. :)

  • Thanks Jo. Appreciate the awesome tag.

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Thankyou incredibly much, Francis. Very appreciated.

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • sunpatchac
    sunpatchacalmost 4 years ago

    great work, and a vivid imagination, much like myself.
    take care, Steve

  • Thanks Steve. Vivid imagination may not necessarily make the world go around but it certainly makes it spin. And that’s got to be a good thing.

    – Andrew Tomlins

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