Crabicopia Framed Original Oil Painting

by Leah Kiser


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Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches with half inch floater frame, overall dimensions with frame is about 19 x 25

Medium: Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Ships From: Casa Grande, Arizona

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    Leah Kiser

    Leah Kiser


    Casa Grande, AZ, US

    This is a collection of large scale playful illustrations painted in a realistic style. I feel like I should say something profound or serious here, but the pieces do not have a collective message or agenda. I didn't paint them to be profound and serious. I made these paintings because they bring me joy and I hope to bring good feelings to others through them. At this time, I cannot seem to get excited to paint subjects that don't make me laugh, and I'm thankful to have found an audience that enjoys them enough to hang them on their walls. ​ To prepare for these paintings, (in addition to practicing for years to gain the skill to paint realistically) I let my mind wander and let images come to me. When these images make me laugh out loud or make me think “I’ve never seen anything like that before” then there is a good chance they will strike others in a "I don't know why this exists, but I'm glad that it does" kind of way. I like when art catches me off guard like that - Like a dance choreographed by Paul Taylor, or a Monty Python skit... others seem to enjoy it too - watching viewers do a double take and laugh out loud is one of my favorite things about painting this way. ​ I began painting with this balance of realism and illustration because I couldn't decide between the two. The things I love about illustration are the styles and colors and the smart compositional tricks illustrators use to guide the eye and convey a mood or story without words. I like trying them out in my paintings. But details also call to me. I use photographs or objects as visual references, and they help me capture perspective, lighting, and form, while trying to maintain the life and spark of the original imagined idea. It is a challenging balance between observing and imagining. This spectrum between realism and illustration leads to variability and experimentation in my work. It adds another dimension of play that you'll likely see more of from me in the future.


This one of a kind original painting was completed in 2020, it is loved by many who’ve followed its creation on facebook and instagram.  There are no full sized duplicates of this painting on canvas.  I do not sell prints on canvas.  I do not paint duplicate original paintings or paint embellishments on prints.  There is not another painting like this one in the world, and it could be yours, because it is still available!
The painting is 18 inches tall by 24 inches wide on gallery wrapped canvas.  It comes with a removable half inch black floater frame.  Shipping and Tax are included in the price. The painting comes with Artist Bio, Artist Statement, and the story behind the painting.  There is a signature on the front of the painting, the piece is also signed on the back with the name of the painting, date of completion, and a stamp of Leah’s actual finger print.

The Story Behind This Painting:
I wanted to do a still life painting and really see how realistically I could paint if I put my mind to it.  But to fit in with the “Just for Fun” series, it needed a silly twist.  I can’t remember why I was thinking about a cornucopia, or at what moment it dawned on me that with bananas it looked an awful lot like a hermit crab, but I eventually started sketching it and it seemed like a fun and subtle idea that would fit perfectly in the series.
Unlike most of my paintings, I was able to work from just 3 photos – the background, the still life, and the crab.  It is also unique because it is considerably smaller than most of my paintings.
This painting is one of five paintings included in the “Just For Fun” Show – A collection of paintings done in an imaginative realist style.  It was my first virtual art show. The show includes a video that you can find on youtube.  It was painted during the COVID 19 pandemic as part of a show that was supposed to be held at a Gallery in Phoenix. When the show was canceled due to Covid, I decided to just show the series on my own online.
~Leah Kiser

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