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The Stairway by dadenko The Stairway by dadenko
Another in my series of Trompe L'oiel paintings, a fabricated photograph done on Cresent 300 Illustration Board with acrylic paints. As with the others, the entire piece is painted, even the tape. I used conventional brushes, my Paashe AB, a toothbrush and a sponge.
This is a rendering of a staircase in a house I once rented.
The house was haunted and the stairway was a favored hang for the ghost. I hoped to capture a little of the energy of those experiences in the painting. The ghost in that house was not a particularly nice guy and was fond of seeing how upset he could make me, but especially my girlfriend at that time. Interestingly enough, I had a habit of often invoking God and Christ's names silently to help deal with him when he was being particularly nasty. Which was a majority of the times he chose to visit, or make his presence known.
It wasn't until after I'd done this painting, which I did from memory, that I noticed the image at the center of the window.

The original is owned by my art loving friend Angela Rodriguez.

If you dare...Signed prints of this 'spirited' piece are available.
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LailaGG Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I love how haunting this artwork is and spooky. Reminds me of a crazy love story of happiness, sadness and suspence to one another. In a rather spooky type of situations. Feel like you need a part two to see what goes down those steps> But then again thats were are minds can end the story for us :) 
iamjacksgoat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Woah, great work! I thought the tape was real until I read the description. Love the story behind it too. :)
arhcamt Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
waw, wonderful story. i've never had any experience with ghost so i don't know how it feels. and i think i'd rather keep it that way. hehe. nice piece anyway :)
MissusHow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Student Artist
Allright. This picture is frightening. Even more so than your flower picture, I believe. It's like on discovery channel, when they do the shaking stairway seen, and they do it in black and white and grainy. Your painting belongs in a fun house.

I swar I could jump into it and end up on the stairway. I think I shall stop looking at it now.

The music I'm listening to doesn't help, probably...
QueenMabsChild Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006   Traditional Artist
wow, its amazing how you managed to blurr this and everything. It really does capture that mood, the old crikety stairway, I can picture more than just the stairway with what you've managed to capture here, especially a story..You've even managed to pique my curiosity quite a bit..I have an absolute fascination with these kinds of tales, I try not to let it border that of an obsession but I can't help it.

anyway besides the point, I love this, you've done a wonderful job and I'd love to hear the story behind it, I say that in more of a complimental way than a prying way..I hope there are more like this coming..

..there's just so much feeling to it!
QueenMabsChild Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006   Traditional Artist
oh and as for the image in the window part...I don't quite understand what you mean....

ok after looking/reading again I believe you mean a cross-like image. gotcha.
Layla-c Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
master piece :worship:
dadenko Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
Thanks you very muches. Happy trails Lee, ddK
Plim-Plim Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Would you believe that the first thing that came to my mind when I first looked at the window was that it belonged to an haunted house (a very old one at least, since I don't believ in ghosts)?

I don't usually appreciate Tromp L'oiel paintings, but this one made me shiver! And you painted it by memmory (or, as I often say, "by heart") wich makes it the more impressive! :worship:

Just out fo curiosity, for how long did you live in the house?x)

*Keep up* And you keep on fascinating me!
dadenko Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Hi Sara,
I lived in the house for a little over 2 years. Most of that time I lived there alone and during that time nothing unusual ever happened, except every once in a while my cat reacted as if someone was walking into my bedroom.
It wasn't until I my girlfriend moved in with me that he started making himself known in such a frightful fashion. An episode shortly theresfter on Easter morning involving her prompted us to move out as soon as we could. We were gone by Memorial Day.
A brief discussion with an elderly neighbor woman explained alot about the house and the ghost who remained there. I can't really go into here in this public forum, the details get a bit personal and are somewhat socially charged due to the nature and lifestyle of the previous, deceased occupant of our home, but believe me, even for a non-believer such as yourself, you'd find it difficult to keep the goose-bumps down if you knew.
As far as your first reaction, it doesn't surprise me at all. Besides being a somewhat creepy depiction, I do believe energy can store and release itself through many things. Towards the top of that list for me is imagery.
I collect realy old photographs I come across at estate sales and the like. So many of them are just bursting with the energy of the long gone subjects in them. Some to the point that I can't simply have them sitting around in plain sight.
I like calling it 'by heart' and hope you don't mind me using that sometime.
As always, thanks for your keen observations and fun input. It's this part of the on-line art community that I never really anticipated but has turned out to be such an overwhelming joy for me. Keep in touch, O.K? Yours, ddKoloc
Plim-Plim Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Words of wisdom :)
Things really do have energy in them and cary it around for many many years. Otherwise, how would pictures and paintings and music (above all else) still make me to chill, don't you think?
I don't mind at all that you use the expression "by heart", I would be flattered if you did :)
I would really like to be able to buy things like those too, but the lack of means such as money or the absence of estate sales around here (we have very few and the prices are most of the time unproportional to the quality of the selling pieces)... that's part of the reason why I really want to move to USA (:
About the ghost, I don't really know what to believe, I've never seen anything that would prove that they ARE there and there is a purpose for that... But ghost storys DO give me the kreeps (I can't sleep for weeks if they seem credible enough :x) so I would rather remain unaware of the story behind the hauted house (even because I would think it would be most unpleasent to "violate" the memmory of a deciesed person).
Again, there is no thanking to be done :)
I really like commenting your art work for all the reasons I mentioned before. I'm glad you enjoy it!
And as for me, as soon as I become a major pain in the ass, you can kick me! xD

:hug: All the best wishes and *keep up*
SilverMixx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thats quite a story behind this piece! I'm amazed once again by your trompe l'oiel skills! And you've painted the staircase blurred too! I try to get away from that with my photographs, but here, it looks great! :laughing:
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