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Donkey and Goldfish 2 by ursulav Donkey and Goldfish 2 by ursulav
In later years, he was never able to explain how it happened. It had all seemed terribly logical at the time, one thing leading to another in series, and after Cairo, it was simply inevitable that he'd be scaling a cliff with a pear, a voodoo doll, and of course, the goldfish. (Always the goldfish. The goldfish was the crux of the matter, after all, even if he hadn't known it at the time.) But when he tried to explain this to other people, it began to sound increasingly crazy, until finally he gave up completely. After that, whenever anybody asked, he said he'd been in a cult, but was feeling much better now, and that seemed to satisfy everybody and didn't lead to nearly as many awkward questions.

Acrylic on cradled clayboard, 16 x 20. The photos of this one didn't come out as well as I'd like--they bleached out the whites something fierce, and the detail gets lost--but after multiple attempts, I gave it up and went with this one. It's likely no one will buy it who hasn't seen it at a show, but I'm okay with that (and the sort of person who wants this particular scene on their wall would be a rare individual anyhow!) But it IS for sale! E-mail if you're that individual!

And no, I don't know the story either. I think it's sort of a self-portrait--I don't always know what the heck I'm doing, or why I have to have these particular things with me, but it all seems to make sense at the time, and it's only afterwards that people go "No, really. How did you get THERE?" and I realize "Okay, dude, maybe putting horns on fruit is weird, but it seemed so logical while I was doing it!"
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Sir-Pounce-Alot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
This is so cute I love the colors :)
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
This is a really funny picture with the little donkey with his big hooves and his hood that covers his eyes, and his ears with an earring, climbing up the rock wall with a bunch of random items (that, of course, include the fish. This is pretty cool!
Friviolity Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
This is one of the very first pieces I found on dA, and I don't even remember now how or why I found it. I remember though that the description for this picture made me smile during some very rough times of my life, so much so that I printed it out and carried it with me.

I remembered it again and went searching for it, only to discover that I have faved several of your other pieces in the last few months without even realizing you were the same artist!

Thank you for the original and fatastical work you create, and the little stories you give along with them. This remains one of my very favorite images :)
BellicoseBreakfast Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The story adds a lot to the picture.
Awesome job
mrsorrentino Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
brilliant mix of color and texture, lovely idea...
Wilawen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I love the way his nose and ears are sticking out of that hood, so cute :-)
Neko-Goddes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Student General Artist
i would put it on my wall :D
bluecnidaria Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course it is always about the fish. why wouldn't it be about the fish. sitting at the heart of the matter - as always the fish.

once again .. simply brilliant. and a cheerful thought to the day.
Erisinia Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
This looks at me from my wall every morning. It SPEAKS to me. <3
EyePokeyLeigh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
So wonderful!
FuFo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006's beautiful
JapDrow Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
I LOVE this picture. The donkey is absolutely adorable :aww:! There is just not enough illustrations of donkeys. I love the detail and texture of the rocks in the background. A very nice touch. +fav
luminous-scapegoat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
krishna76 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005   Traditional Artist
ohhh i love this ^.^ it makes me smile and ther is not alot that will do that thank you i hope one day he will tell you the story
love your rocks i allways have a veary hard time doing rocks ,yours look awsome
ShyriaDracnoir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww hes a cute donkey! Ive seen this on ur elfwood site, and its one of my favorites! lols the pear cracks me up 2
crash-complex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005
I think I love you. o.o
nylvatheel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
I've always loved this one :) Just... cult :D
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005   General Artist
fabulous :D i was in one of those cults too
IrishRose85 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
awwww I wish this was a print I wold soooo put it on my wish list
ursulav Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2004
You can order it as a print through my website for $10! All my stuff is available as prints, I just have a hard time uploading to DA for some reason.
IrishRose85 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2004
awsome Thanlk you thank you thank you ^_^
illixim Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the most original, fantastic, amazing painter I've ever seen.

fondued-jicama Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004  Hobbyist
It was the pear. The pear cracked me up. ;)
sesquipedalian Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004
Look, y'know, I'm just going to put everything you've ever done into my favorites, 'kay? Might as well, I love it all so much. ;-P
Hey-Poo-Guy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2004
Ah cuuuuuuute! I want a donkey with the same robe! :D :D Love the job and textures on the cliff... amazing, really, :worship:--and I can't believe I saw this much too late! that donkey's too cute! :D
I love this, not only is it wonderfully, wonderfully absurd, it's also beautifully done!
PalomaDyz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004
This is just too good!

trishascribbles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2004   Digital Artist
Your style and just your way of drawing and capturing moments that are just facinating and interesting is just so brilliant. I'm faving this and devwatching you <3
Musibat-Khan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
amaizing man real good.
Maan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2004
Thats so cool! I'll buy it!! (if I had money- which I dont. =sob!= :cries: )
AnjelHershey Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
This picture is so adorable. I love his little snout and the details of the cliff. The blue haze of the mountain in the background is perfect-if you didn't get that right it would probably stand out more than the cliff and the donkey.
::munches on goldfish::
Dorian16 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2004
I love your work. This one is awesome.

God loves you and so do I,
WildeMoon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
heheheh Bizarre in the most wonderful way.
silvert0ngue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004
Incredible! I wish I could do this with acrylic...
DigitalDuckie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2004  Professional General Artist
I don't know what to say... The story is amazing too. I'm speechless. ^_^;
tweaknik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
Every painting I see that you have created is astonishing - wow, I look forward to the next.
Ozymandias- Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
poor voodoo doll. :(
Trinsec Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, grabbed my eye. It is original, alright. I think this should be in surreal instead of anthro, it just looks that way to me. I wish I could paint like that at all.
pipsqueak Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
Amazing!! How much are you selling it for?
ursulav Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
Asking $400, I do believe...
vulpescorax Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faylinn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Lovely...and very very weird =D
sasoriza-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
This is so great! :love:
ladyr Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
so cute... and so much detail. very nice...
robotnoises Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
this is adorable

if i could afford it id buy it :D :D

lissy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
I love this more than penutbutter and words. Thank you! The painting is wonderful, but the discription makes it. lovely and awesome.

ps- how in Bob's name do you work so fast??
ursulav Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
Stupid self confidence. Seriously, I think that's the key--you just gotta throw yourself into each painting without thinking twice. Or once, if you can help it.
composition Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I can almost see the big: "???" above his head. I like the rocks, super job on the texture and colors. The fish and its bag came out awesome (I usually find transparent materials difficult to do in any medium o.0) and it's really cute. =D Nice job!
aerevat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
Sometimes when you write you remind me of Neil Gaiman. Which is really a compliment even though it's sort of sneaky to tell someone that they're like someone else instead of being like themself. But you aren't the same. It's jut the feel that I get. A very "squee"ish delight at the oddness and the improbability and the delight at it working besides that.

Random latenight comments likely make no sense. :P Anyway, I do love it. I can't find anything wrong with it, or else I would attempt something critique-ish. I love the goldfish. I adore the little pear. The surreal feeling is perfect.
Stillwater Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
I love how Obi-Wan like he is without his eyes showing under the cape. Great story!:)
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