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The Incident, a still life – What’s real, what’s not

Still life – a collection

Classic still life involves an artful arrangement of inanimate objects, a collection of something beautiful or rare or peculiar. Odd numbers are visually appealing perhaps because the eye is forced to move around a scene. The sweet spot is three so here’s a collection of three crystal objects. The whimsical figures are leftovers from a holiday display. Puzzling out how to arrange such dissimilar objects led to my discovery of The Incident as told from the dolls’ perspective.

The Incident, a still life

Raggedy Siblings find unexpected trouble

When fun goes wrong

The Incident involves dolls at play. The seesaw spoon is a lever pivoting on a crystal fulcrum. Whether it launched the young Raggedy Ann into the crystal vase or it’s Raggedy Andy’s strategy to toss her a raspberry lunch is a guess. Ann’s frown suggests she’s been stuck for a while. Andy’s found a rope with its end looped into a tiny heart, reflecting Ann’s candy heart with its “I love you” that was sewn into the original, early 19th century Raggedy Ann dolls (Andy came along in 1920). Using the rope and a toy ladder Andy’s climbed up to his sister. We don’t know the plan. Perhaps she does.

Your help is needed!

It’s hard to finish, to stop the work, then leave it alone. My theory is often that if some is good, more is better! Here is where The Incident stands now but it feels like the scene isn’t over. The rest of the story is missing. Any ideas? Do please leave a comment—always very appreciated!

Still life – looks easy, is hard

I don’t officially collect anything! There’s no collection of stamps, watches, dolls, frog statues, seashells, although I know actual people who have drained bank accounts to fill their homes with such things.

What do people collect?

Baseball cards, thimbles, LPs or CDs, and autographs are among the top collectibles, as well as the more esoteric assemblages of action figures and Zippo lighters, and hobbyists who collect cars, coins or fine art. Then there’s the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin.  I threw that in because it is an interesting place chock a block with mustards of every pedigree imaginable, a veritable collection of mustard!

What do I collect?

I collect recipes and hundreds of books are fruitful but not visual enough; neither do groaning closets and cupboards a collection make. I do collect good memories, notes from friends, photographs, and experience with never enough of the last.

What’s real and what’s not

Just so you know, the only real objects are crystal and the two tiny dolls, Everything else is a digital composite including the spoon and the shadows. It used to be that you could trust words in print and all that you saw with your own eyes. Gossipmongers, tattlers, and liars beware, we’ve heard about fake news and we’re on to you!

A warning, “Don’t start collecting stuff!”

If you’re looking for something to collect my advice is don’t start down that road. George Carlin’s riff on stuff  is a cautionary tale; he’s funny and honest enough that you might recognize yourself. If you aim to amass stuff and need inspiration there’s a list of the top 150 things that people collect.