It’s time we had a bit of fun. I love finding paintings where all is not well. The artist might have made a mistake or the composition doesn’t work well. Perhaps the subjects are downright peculiar. Or there are unidentified objects distracting the viewer from appreciating the painting like all those medieval paintings with people carrying mobile phones!!!!!!

And look at her young man, waiting expectantly with his love and flowers; but sadly she is too engrossed in text messaging. Of course the text being read by this young girl is not a phone but a prayer book.

Moving on to a most remarkable and somewhat confusing painting by Giovanni Francesco Caroto titled Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's Drawing (circa 1515). Words always fail me on this one.  

But not on this one which is a very famous painting by American artist Grant Wood painted in 1930 titled American Gothic. The artist wanted to paint an American Gothic House which is a style of architecture as known as a Dibble house. Grant decided to include typical owners of such as house. The models for the painting are his sister and his dentist!! Now we know what the pitchfork was to be used for!!

One of my favourite artists is Norman Rockwell who is considered more of an illustrator. I love his work and it has influenced much of my own style. But look carefully into his People Reading Stock Exchange and you will see Rockwell has given the one poor man in the red top three legs!

The Hero Image today is a slice from a painting by Maggie Taylor. Now that is taking gardening too far!! Maggie Taylor is a contemporary American artist who works with digital images.

Please submit your favourite Strange Painting and I will be happy to feature it.  

Looking at Strange Paintings has renewed my interest in a question many people have asked: Is the brain of an artist different to that of other people? Tomorrow I'm going to start looking into this question. Maybe I should start with my own brain!!