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Bright Eyes and Hats with Ribbons

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 an historic district in Tampa, Florida.

An enchanting image –– a beautiful doll: captivating eyes, a long and graceful neck, an elegant hat as an accessory. What is odd or curious here? The doll is not a doll; it is a hat stand. In the real world, the hat would be the centerpiece.

Oil on Canvas

10 x 10 in

I like you; your eyes are full of language.

Anne Sexton

a leading poet of the mid-20th century

letter to Anne Clarke, July 3, 1964

Never oppose what seems strange in yourself.

That is the only part which is aware.

Kenneth Patchen

They Keep Riding Down All The Time

also author of Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer

Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.

Jean Genet

French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist

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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