Updated: Sep 13, 2021
This series of paintings of the odd, the curious, and the strange, shows items I came across in two curiosity shops in a historic district in Tampa, Florida.
At first glance, the main elements in this painting seem beautiful but otherwise ordinary –– a hat, a box, and a stand to display the hat. But the stand comprises and elegant face and graceful neck, the box is curved and beaded, and the hat presents vivid and rich colors
in a fanciful shape.
Oil on Panel
10 x 10 in
Strange things are mind-openers because when we see something strange we immediately start thinking! Anything bizarre activates your brain; anything usual makes you sleep!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
contemporary Turkish playwright and novelist
It was strange, I reflected . . . that even in the weirdest circumstances, the most
troubling episodes of one's life, the greatest divides from home and familiarity,
there were these moments of undeniable joy.
Art as an Oasis™
Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger
providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares
complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.
from the Curiosity Shop
~ imaginative realism in the realm of the bizarre ~
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science."
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