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.
The elf is a weird, ambiguous creature –– sometimes, on the side of the general good, as at the North Pole or in The Lord Of The Rings; often, as in much folklore, a devious character, intent on harming or at least confusing humans. The elf in this painting reflects both possibilities. Dressed in pink, and smiling, with large, open eyes – a picture of friendliness. But the feather – to tickle? The lace – to beguile? And the smile, on closer inspection, seems to augur mischief, or worse.
Oil on Canvas
10 x 10 in
To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness. Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness
When you cross over into the weird stuff, there's no going back. Hector has a theory on it. Calls it the law of "Anomalous Phenomena Attraction." He explained it to me once. Didn't really pay attention, but it boils down to "weird shit pulls in more weird shit." A. Lee Martinez
Gil's All Fright Diner When a Dragon, an Elf, and a Human walk into a bar, the Human is always going to be the punch line. Bryan Fields
Dragon's Luck: The Dragonbound Chronicles
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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