Saturday, October 17, 2009

Is This Painting Cursed?





I've posted about other "cursed" paintings, but I think this beauty may be the most disturbing to behold. According to an article in the Telegraph last month . . .

The Hands Resist Him was painted by California artist Bill Stoneham in 1972... The painting entered the realm of urban legend in 2000 when it went on sale on eBay with a description that implied that it was cursed. The seller claimed that the two characters moved at night and that they would sometimes leave the painting altogether - tying up neatly with Stoneham's description of the doorway as representing the dividing line between the world and the world of dreams. The doll, according to Stoneham, was a guide. The eBay legend may be preposterous but Stoneham later recalled that both the owner of the painting's first gallery and the art critic who first reviewed it died within a year of seeing it. Either way, there is no denying the disturbing quality of the image.

30 Comments:

Anonymous geekchick said...

quite fascinating.deeply disturbing

1:03 PM  
Blogger Thumb Biter said...

HOOLY CRAP that is creepy but I love paintings like that...
haha unfortunately I can never paint like that :P

1:22 PM  
Anonymous gymnast20 said...

omg that is the creepiest painting i have ever seen ever!!!! and i hope that its not true that you die a yeaer after seeing it because i just looked at it!!!

1:25 PM  
Blogger Gossamer said...

-shudders- Cursed or not, I wouldn't want that hanging in my house... Way to creepy for my taste. Well done, though, I must say.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Amber StarGem said...

woah definitly cool, and spooky.

And gymnast20: I think you actually have to see the painting in real life to die But if not.... We're kinda screwed.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Thumb Biter said...

HAHA @ gymnast20...I think we should tell all our relatives about this so we can sue Ananka if we all die :P

2:22 PM  
Anonymous vendetta said...

the kids dont have eyes. its too creepy to have an exclamation point. oh, and you posted about 'the bloop' some time ago. was it heard near the monterey bay? its rumored that theres a sea monster that lives in the trench in the middle of the bay. sadly, i havent seen it but im hoping to. it doesnt seem very well known but its suposed to look something like a giant sea serpent with the face of an old man or monkey with big eyes, giving it the nickname 'the old man of monterey bay'.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous vendetta said...

i was wondering last night...would it be a good idea to move all my books from my closet and stack them around my room to make it look like anankas house? it would give me about 7 more shelves in my closet, it would take a while and my dad would probably make me clean my room again. also, i need to get some thin rope and wood so i can rig up my pulley hanging in my room and build a platform to be a nightstand. sorry for the long comments!! but i need opinions.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Thumb Biter said...

Vendetta- as awesome as that would be, I don't think your parents would be so thrilled with that, lol...but I don't really get what the pulley thing is.
I need to stop commenting on this thing :P

3:48 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Hey Thumb Biter,

How's the UK treating you?

3:57 PM  
Blogger Reel Dancer said...

i'm making apple sauce today and it's so much work. but it's totally worth it because apple sauce is so good!!!!!!!!

3:58 PM  
Blogger vendetta-zla said...

thumb biter: i think i need to comment less too.
kirsten, are you going to be in the monterey bay area soon? its pretty boring around here.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous vendettazla said...

agh! must. stop. commenting. but the real reason for the comment:the post that you posted on november first of 2007, i noticed the following:
*the butt part of baby ninja was fuzzy
*in the comments, there was discussion of kiki strike being made into a movie
*no famous celebrities for the movie
*it was said that evanna lynch could play kiki
*i may have figured out who thumb biter is from reading comments from previous postsand clicking on profiles(i am a curioius person), but i wont say who from fear of thumb biter being offended and i dont know if im right or not

4:29 PM  
Blogger Thumb Biter said...

Ohh wow Vendetta....LOL you are quite the stalker :D (on this blog, that's a compliment)
No, tis fine...
I can't wait for the movie to come out (any hints on when that will be??), but I'm not sure about Evanna Lynch...besides her accent she's a little too dreamy (at least, from what we've seen). but I LOVE Luna!

England is great, and I'm settling in well - unfortunately I've been banned from knitting because I'm a leeetle too obsessed :( and the two graffiti I've made are too speshul to be used here LOL...hopefully I can sneak in some during the half-term break (we get so many, and school is so easy! :D)

6:01 PM  
Anonymous gymnast20 said...

just saying if kiki strike was made into a movie (which would be absolutly amazing by the way) it wouild be so cool to play betty lol although i hav no experience in acting

7:55 PM  
Blogger brave chickens said...

For some reason when I read this post I remembered the scene when the kid's grandmother talks about witches cursing kids into paintings in the movie 'The Witches.'

10:07 PM  
Anonymous shewhomustnotbenamed said...

evannah lynch would be pretty good. She would just have to cut her hair a bit shorter. Wear Contacts thats about it! I would love a kiki strike movie! AND I NEED TO READ KIKI 3!!

10:51 PM  
Blogger vendetta-zla said...

the first comment posted on anankas diary was written by jin ai, who if i am correct is thumb biter. sorry if i blew your cover! and the first pic posted was a picture of a giant squid. and if any of you say i suffer from insanity, i dont suffer from it, i enjoy it.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous 42 said...

I remember the Crying Boy. This picture is creepy and, needless to say, very interesting.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

If you look at this picture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/unexplained/2002/haunted_painting/images/ebay_haunted_painting_270.jpg and compare it to this picture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/unexplained/2002/haunted_painting/images/painting_07.jpg which is the one taken at night, it's pretty clear that the "gun" is the object in the doll's hand, which the author says is a dry cell battery like he used for model planes with wires sticking out, and part of the window frame. As for the strange experiences connected with it, they could all easily be a sort of placebo effect. I'm afraid this one is probably not a paranormal phenomenon.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Oh yes, the pictures were from this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/unexplained/2002/haunted_painting/ebay_haunted_painting_01.shtml
Sorry!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Lioness said...

What happens on eBay ought stay eBay.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous w153m4d5 said...

hmm. I have pediophobia (fear of dolls), so this painting looks even more disturbing to me than the average person.(but then again, wouldn't about everyone this this painting is disturbing?)

also, is it just me, or at first glance did it look like the doll was holding a gun?

9:57 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

It's a good painting though D: Freaky but interesting.... *D

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

oh. my. glosh. I thought i would be FREAKING (sorry about my language!) FEARLESS after having a BLAST in this really creepy haunted house, but now, im just plain scared. Speaking about the haunted house, it rocked. I accidentally punched a guy in the face, (he jumped up at me, i swung my arm around, (my camera was in my hand, btw) and it must have hurt!)and they had Jack Skellington from Nightmare before Christmas there! I was, like, AMAZED, cuz i grew up with Tim Burton! Then these strobe lights went on, and he got up all in my face. I said "I love you!" and he just kinda backed off. LOL!
speaking of the movie, if there is one, i could be an awesome Iris! hopefully this year i will star in my school play, i was in it last year, so i have some experience!
Well, that's my long rant/comment for the day!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Kiwi said...

That's, like, either a bunch of lies... or SuPeRR crEEpY!!

~What is so creepy about dolls?? They're so creepy, even though they shouldn't be. Any Ideas?????

5:37 PM  
Anonymous wosh said...

Gaaah I won't be able to sleep tonight!! Dolls use to freak me out big time D:

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Kirseten said...

Did you know that the artist was surprised by the rumors and actually painted a sequel to it? I think both paintings are intriging looking.

http://www.stonehamstudios.com/resistance.html Here's the sequel.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Dangerous Girl said...

I'll think I could make a good kiki. I have brown hair (but could easily wear a white wig.) I'm short for my age. I can pull of black pretty well. I have pale skin and blue/green eyes. (which contacts could easily cover) I also wear contacts so I know how to put them in and out. KIKI STRIKE MOVIE ALL THE WAY BABY!
HOPE KIKI 3 COMES OUT SOON!

hope you dont get attacked by zombies

-Allison

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Luz said...

sweet... i love me a cursed painting lol but i seriously hope so.... mwhahahahahaa

2:48 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home