Albino Alligator

So… you might be ‘used to’ my level of ‘random’. Er… I hope.

Frank Reynolds: “Well… I don’t know how many years on this earth I got left… I’m gonna’ get real weird with it.”

– Danny DeVito – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

About this image: acrylic painting on 18″x18″ MDF panel


73 thoughts on “Albino Alligator

    • Why, thank you!
      Hahahah… well, as they say, “only the alligator knows what the alligator knows”. Actually, I don’t know if they say that or not, but I am going to say that (because I’m too nervous to ask him myself)!

        • Hahaha… I do find it a bit easier to remember my manners around alligators.
          Aw, thanks, S.E. I don’t know… maybe if I’m lucky enough to get 20-30 more years worth of practice in things will start to come together to my liking. I hope.

  1. You never fail to please SIG and this awesome offering
    reflects your incredible talent, I applaud your greatness,
    the sheer delight of this painting says it all 🙂 Superb…

    Those lovely long legs of hers are exquisitely sublime 😉


    • Very cool, Ms. C! I’ve only ever seen ‘real life’ alligators in a zoo before. I think the ‘true’ albino alligators might have even less pigment than this in their eyes (but I’ve taken a few liberties with that sort of thing).

  2. I love this! I’m all over this randomness. This is so exotic, Robert, and I love the colors. I have seen an albino crocodile once, but not up close. He was caged. I’m wondering what your inspiration was for this painting.

    • Oh, thank you very much, Amy! I’m so happy to hear you liked this! I’ve never actually seen one ‘in person’… so we can say that’s why I’ve taken a few liberties with his tonality, right?!
      That’s a very good question! I’m never really sure where these ideas come from. I think this one might have been (in part) inspired from all the bayou related things I’ve seen lately… ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, ‘The Paperboy’… and the intro to ‘True Blood’ (one of my favorite title sequences of all time). 🙂

  3. It doesn’t look as scary with that blue eye. I like the wood siding, shutter and window sash. I thought I heard the girl say her alligator could eat your pit bull.

    • I think you are right about that, Patti… his growl is probably worse than his bite (if alligators growl… it seems like they might).
      Thank you so much! This is one of the first times I’d experimented with attempting to replicate old / weathered wood like this (for the most part I’m fairly pleased with how that turned out… I think… maybe… for the time being).

  4. love the colors … the wall, window, dress, and alligator eyes, too. I think he’s just letting her think that the chain will keep in line! He just wants to be near her, and that fabulous dress.

        • Hahaha… OH, NO! I’m very sorry! I must have been particularly tired when I was on my blog last night! I was like… ‘Slide show? I’m not sure I get the reference… a movie I haven’t seen? A reference to sitting through the proverbial neighbor’s vacation photos slide-show? She just really, really dislikes Microsoft Office?’!
          Man, do I look silly right now! *face-palm*

    • How ridiculously kind of you to say! Thank you so much!
      Hopper was probably my earliest influence… I had a copy of ‘Nighthawks’ hanging-up on my wall when I was growing-up, so you can probably imagine how thrilled I was to read such an incredibly kind comment! Thank you again! 🙂

    • You are always so very kind, Patti! I thank you! I really wonder what he would think of that?! If I had to pick a ‘favorite’ artist, it would be him. I couldn’t narrow down that list any further… but I just remember his work being the first that really said something to me… in a way that I felt like I could relate to. Sounds kind of silly, I guess, but… well… that’s just how I roll, I guess.

  5. You have reached the epitome of AWESOME. I believe each of your paintings get better and the first one I saw was great. I salute you and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    • Wow, Bo… I have to say… you are always incredibly generous… but what a kind thing to say! Thank you so very much, my friend! I am having fun with these things, anyway. I do hope I’m getting a bit better, too… I’m kind of slow, so it might take a while. I’m just hoping that (if I’m incredibly lucky) and get many more years of practice that, at some point, maybe, I’ll start to figure this stuff out a bit. 🙂

  6. New York Sewer Gator : Excellent guard animal. Will play fetch. Becomes anxious when toilet flushes. Loves kids & small dogs,…… particularly fond of men in uniforms.
    Excellent composition.

  7. i find it very hard to be fond of crocs, in all honesty. but ole blue eyes here has his own charm. and the image does grow on you. however, it does beg the question, as inspired by an earlier comment above – is she wearing croc-leather shoes? you wisely, or randomly, kept the mystery open…. 🙂

    • That’s understandable, I think, P&K… probably best to respect their space! I guess I was kind of playing on that a bit, here. Kind of a… ‘what the heck?’ moment.
      Hahaha… indeed! I find it’s often a good idea to let the viewer to construct some of the story.

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