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Peculiar Picture #33

May 14, 2014

Many of my new followers might not be aware of the fact that for many years I was a professional illustrator. While my work sold on five continents, I have a file cabinet of pictures that never sold. I use these images for a feature I call Peculiar Pictures. Many people don’t like discussing art for fear of being made to look foolish but that isn’t possible here. You can’t be expected to know what these pictures mean if the artist who created them doesn’t know.


After a long hiatus from painting I’m back at my easel. I was recently cleaning our garage and trying to carve a workspace from the clutter when I stumbled across this acrylic painting. It was intended to be thought provoking, although you need to look closely to understand why. Mrs. Chatterbox thinks this one should accompany me when I book my appointment with a psychiatrist. It was developed for a psychology article on sexual hang-ups, but the editor decided to use a photograph instead. Maybe my picture, which in no way represents my attitude toward Mrs. Chatterbox, wasn’t peculiar enough.




It would probably work for Viagra or Cialis or one of those. "Is this you? Not anymore with..."
By: PT Dilloway on May 14, 2014
Maybe the only time I will ever agree with PT.
By: Cranky Old Man on May 14, 2014
eeeeek! I truly had to look closely- at first I did not see any aberration....and still is a gorgeously painted image.
By: Kathe W. on May 14, 2014
Hmm, I'm thinking about it anyway :)
By: Hey Monkey Butt on May 14, 2014
Nice legs.
By: Daniel LaFrance on May 14, 2014
it definitely conveyed the feeling.
By: TexWisGirl on May 14, 2014
Perhaps a caption: "Just keep the pot boiling, sweetheart, while I text my mother"
By: Bryan Jones on May 14, 2014
It certainly conveys aberrations and hang-ups to me.
By: mimi on May 14, 2014
I think it is much more interesting and effective than a photo would be!
By: Eva Gallant on May 14, 2014
His shoulders and lumped head say it all~
By: Shelly on May 14, 2014
I love the somber tone and graininess. It does tell the story of our problems with sexual relations and relations in general.
By: Tabor on May 14, 2014
I do see more of a relationship problem than a sexual one.
By: Akansas Patti on May 14, 2014
I would think there could be a couple of messages here. Maybe they are finished???
By: red on May 14, 2014
The title of a song by George Jones came to mind when I looked at the picture: "He stopped loving her today."
By: Pixel Peeper on May 14, 2014
It's sad. It conveys loneliness and an inability to connect. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on May 14, 2014
Maybe one of the reasons this image was rejected is because it's too subtle. If you look closely on the right side you'll see that the woman's body becomes a snake. Of course this might just be in the guy's mind.
By: Chubby Chatterbox on May 14, 2014
it did not look like a snake to me- more like a salamander...guess we'd have to see her face....yikes.
By: Kathe W. on May 14, 2014
The song "Dancing with Myself" comes to mind. (But I DO love the painting...)
By: Mitchell is Moving on May 15, 2014
The back drew me in. The the detachment. The sorrow. A yearning. Then I looked at her. This is the aftermath. She is satisfied and sleeping. He has accomplished his mission, but is left empty. Searching for something she can't give him. So I looked her over again. Hm...what's that? She has the longest lower legs I've ever seen. The painter must be unaware of simple human anatomy. But the back was perfect. So why the too-long legs? In shadow, even. HOLY TOLEDO! THAT CHICK IS A WORM! Sorry. That's what went through my mind. Very subtle. And disturbing.
By: Val on May 15, 2014
I dunno. Your pic says dysfunctionality in the bedroom to me. Perhaps it's not dysfunctional enough. But maybe that's a good thing. ;)
By: Lexa Cain on May 15, 2014
Your image conveys mow than words ever could!
By: John on May 16, 2014
Woah. VERY intriguing image. At first, the postures grabbed my attention and then as I looked closer, YIKES! What is up with her legs??? She is not who he thought she was, and the rejection and disappointment is apparent. Wow.
By: carrie on May 16, 2014
PT Dilloway beat me to the punch (so to speak). Sigh.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on May 17, 2014
First- you're a very good artist! Second- his posture says he is either tired or defeated or sad...can't tell without facial features. The legs on the women I spotted right away, but had to read the comments to see what everyone else thought, because I thought that made her appear evil.
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on May 17, 2014
It's a fabulous painting, Stephen. I didn't notice the snake at first and perhaps neither did the man? Great news that you are painting again. You are very a talented artist :)
By: Sharon Bradshaw on May 21, 2014
I can see it accompanying one of the regular Op/Ed writers in Playboy!
By: Michael Manning on May 21, 2014

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