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September 27, 2013 / lynnettedobberpuhl

Dark Arts, Part One

Here is a first world problem: I got a new smartphone and all the apps are insisting on syncing my contacts and location and searches and tethering me invisibly, irrevocably to the cybersphere. I feel like the apps are whispering about me behind my back. Hungry whispers. I would like to go back to pencil and paper, now, please. Not really. But it is possible to yearn for some privacy even as one reaches out through the world wide web.

So, because I am in a darkish mood, and because I wanted to bring you a gift after my long hiatus, I would like to share with you some exquisitely creepy illustrations by John R. Neill that recently caught my eye and breath. The illustrations are from Glinda of Oz by Frank L. Baum, and the ones I am sharing today are from the pastedown inside the front cover. The image as a whole is stunning:

 

Glinda of Oz inside cover 1

But here are a few of my favorites pulled out:

 

Oh, sad rabbit, I feel for you, surrounded by fiends and lunatics.

Oh, sad rabbit, I feel for you, surrounded by fiends and lunatics.

 

 

I gots a present for you, child. Just reach out your hand...

I gots a present for you, child. Just reach out your hand…

 

 

Oh! Startled chicken!

Oh! Startled chicken!

 

 

The card bird: charming, bizarre, the whole package, really.

The card bird: charming and bizarre, the whole package, really. I also like the face by his left foot because that is how I look in most of my photos.

 

If you have never read the books, you should do so. Oz is a vast world better viewed through words, line sketches and the reader’s imagination than on a screen. I would be interested to hear what catches your eye in the illustration. If you like this post, let me know and I will share a few more images.

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  1. Carrie Rubin / Sep 27 2013 2:42 pm

    Smart phones. Can’t imagine living without mine, but sometimes the tethering does get old, doesn’t it?

    • lynnettedobberpuhl / Sep 27 2013 2:58 pm

      I know! I love my phone, but I don’t like not feeling in control of my information. And I don’t love how every app I use isn’t yet in its proper place. And until I get it all properly straightened out, the phone’s defaults keep hijacking me. I could have upgraded my phone a year ago, but I just had it broken in. Now I am starting all over again, but at least I have a ton of memory and battery life. Grudging props, there.

      But what figure beckoned to you? I think there may be a personality test in this, so don’t pick something weird.

      • Carrie Rubin / Sep 27 2013 5:39 pm

        I kind of like the Card Bird, cause he’s a bit different. 🙂

      • lynnettedobberpuhl / Sep 27 2013 5:49 pm

        different is good!

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