Monday, December 27, 2010

$20.00 CHAIR by Linda Popple

6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

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What idiot chose "chair" as a challenge? ......... Oh, that would be me! What was I thinking? This was not easy, so I guess it definitely was a challenge for me. Despite the fact that it was a struggle and there were two wipe outs, it was really good to be painting again after a fantastic holiday.

After the wipe outs I thought about posting this clever joke with a blank canvas. I can leave the blank canvas, but laughter is always welcome!

An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: "Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist."

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: "What chair?"


  1. Great painting... along w/ the college story!

  2. Great final exam story! And even though there were some wipe outs on this chair, they were well worth it as the final painting is a keeper! I wondered who came up with this theme!!!

  3. I'm glad you persisted! I like your chair's spare personality, the way it's situated amid strong diagonals and the warm limited palette. Good job!
    Funny joke!

  4. Great painting.......... quite "painterly" yet precise! Good Job! Cute joke!

  5. I love your chair--beautiful design. Scraping a painting and re-doing it is good for the soul.

  6. I'm with Lorraine here, love the diagonals and the monochromatic palette, very, very nice!

  7. Your persistence paid off. Love the painting and the joke!

  8. Great painting ! I love your chair !
    I wish you a very happy new year for you and all your friends and family !
    Kiss from France