Surreal Friends - oil on canvas - 20" x 16" by Dave Martsolf

Surreal Friends - oil on canvas - 20" x 16" by 

This surreal dream is a great painting for a child’s bedroom or play area. There is a small man floating in the yellow bowl, probably dreaming, with all of his childhood imaginary friends surrounding him.

The original oil painting has been sold, but prints through RB are still available.

“Friends” was featured in the Imaginative Realism group in August 2009.

“Friends” was also featured in “Voyage of the Surrealists” in August 2009.

Calendars for Friends

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  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostover 6 years ago

    yet no comments
    are people blind?

  • Dave Martsolf
    Dave Martsolfover 6 years ago

    I haven’t really made much attempt yet to go out and visit Red Bubble’s many worlds, so my stuff is just quietly bobbing up and down in the froth of the modern age.

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 6 years ago

    Incredible dreams!

  • Syd Baker
    Syd Bakerover 6 years ago

    You reminded me, freshman in art school, we were assigned to pick an old master and imitate their style; I chose Dali, they said “oh no, he’s not an old master”,I said, “you’re wrong, I’m choosing Dali anyway” — I got a C and planted early Rebel Seeds.

  • If Dali isn’t an old master now, he will be considered one someday. I believe it. He was a great craftsman. “Tuna Fishing” is one of my favorites. Glad you planted those rebel seeds.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • EMangl
    EManglover 6 years ago

    for sure it reminds me about THE MASTER, which is meant as a compliment

  • I had to wait to get back to my home to check your link as our corporate firewall would not let me in. Now, I understand your meaning. Yes, I have always felt a certain kinship with this man, though I never behaved publically as he did. I doubt at home he was anything but normal.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 6 years ago

    So this is the one!!!
    Well… children will meet their own there, I am sure.
    For they can transform the objects of Life as anyone.
    But sometimes I think….
    There is a quality in the way we see things.
    And most of the time are really concepts.
    Abstraction is a brain’s development. And I can see here a gaiety, a joy for living that it is contagious. And the tendency still is.. to remember Dali’s works. I do not beleive in evolution in art… I beleive in “discoverings” meaning that I think that all is writen, drawn and painted in the Universe… the fact is that we discover.. not invent anything.
    And what I love most here… besides ALL… is that little figure tobooganning joyfuly… or may be falling into a sort of new world, by surprise… can be a man… surprised and terrified, can be a child playing, or can be a man playing or a child terrified… terror and playing are walking on the “razor’s edge”… they all are man’s soul resources for developing.
    You told that was sold in another site… can be mentioned?
    You were lucky… congrats again.

  • Hi Rosa,

    Thanks for your comment. The site was Absolute Arts. So, naturally, I have been spending some time snifffing around that site for the last two weeks, getting everything set like a neat little home should be – hah! I was helped by being placed in their bimonthly new works splash that consists of little icons of six or seven works at the top of their home page. I am sure that as soon as this is changed I will quickly drop into oblivion. I need to write a journal entry for all my friends here who I have missed for these last two weeks. Also, with my wife’s parents finally going back to China I suddenyl realize that any free time I once had was in large part a gift from their tireless effforts to help us in our daily lives. That sweet space is gone and life just swarms like bees to fill up every second with ‘normal’ life. I need to find that space again so that I can begin art work production again. – Dave

    – Dave Martsolf

    FAIRIEWOMAN1over 6 years ago

    A masterwork, David. You have great talent.

  • This is the one that sold at AbsoluteArts, but everyone can still get giclees if they really want one!!!! – Hah. I need to put that talent to work. I am so lazy sometimes. You work so hard. So, I will hold you up as an inspiration to what is possible in this life. Thanks, Dave.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • zooreka
    zoorekaover 6 years ago

    When Dali meets Gilliam…. Superb!!!!

  • Zooreka, Is this the Gilliam of Monty Python fame? You are so kind. – Dave

    – Dave Martsolf

  • zooreka
    zoorekaover 6 years ago

    Indeed it very much is…. none other than the ‘completely different’ Mr Terry Gilliam… The Pythons did well to import him…. mind you some of his movies are totally bizarre…..

  • Shane Gallagher
    Shane Gallagherabout 6 years ago

    This is a truly superb image…thought provoking and inspirational!

  • Hi Ramasq, Thank you so much for your kind words. I will keep on trying to go to new places in my mind and bring them back for all to see. – Dave

    – Dave Martsolf

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