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Beautiful Hats and Colors Rule

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Artist's Statement:

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.

Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian



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."

Albert Einstein



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