Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Totally Tubulose

Is it a fallen flower? A long-leggity oddment doing the backstroke? Or something completely different?

All I know for sure is that it's a curiotype.
Photoshop with text from The Practical Standard Dictionary.


  1. no no, it is a flower-power trousers ....

  2. Thanks, Len. I can relate all too well to this air-headed fellow.

    Art, Flower Power, ha! I love it! And if you think of it, every pair of trousers has a pair of twin legs. Unless you're Florence Joyner.

  3. Love the little "arms!!" I like art-is-jok's "flower-power trousers." So true. Wonderful, as usual!

  4. Ok, Elizabeth's comment about "flower-power trousers" made me laugh out loud. Your work is amazing! Love the humor, color, ideas, all of it.

    I'm so glad you stopped by and commented on my blog. I did a second "mysterious" illo and quoted you from your comment...I had to look up the meaning and my husband Matthew commented that I was using big words and asked if I had any idea what I was saying. My response, "nope, not a clue, but it sounded good..." Thanks for the laugh!

  5. Many thanks, Elizabeth & Penelope!

    My dad is an actual scientist (a chemist), but I'm the worst kind of scientific dilettante-- interested in just about everything but without the discipline or patience to study any of it seriously. Still, I have a tendency to accumulate scientific terms as I wander aimlessly about-- they stick with me like burs on one's socks after a hike, prickling me until I do something with them. Like passing them on to you! I'm glad you had fun with them!

  6. This is wonderful. I love how we get the initial beautiful botanical impression, and then things reveal themselves slowly: the little feet sticking out the bottom are fabulous.

  7. well, curious art, the nature is wonderful source of inspiration. I really enjoy how you put all these things together to get what I see on this ( and other your) site.
    Are you aware you show us here so beautifully phenotypic plasticity of the plants? You are good observer and very good artist! They should give you a contract to re-illustrate all botanical textbooks!

  8. Thanks so much, Sarah! That's exactly how it works for me too: the twisted details reveal themselves gradually-- usually only after I've begun drawing.

    And thank you too, Art-- but I can only imagine what the botany profs would think of that! There would be a lot of double-takes, adjustment of spectacles, followed by urgent e-mails to publishers. :-D