Al and Josie Martineau - Our Parents

October 31, 2010

In honor of Hallowe'en
We present
An Eerie Tale of a Haunted Portrait!

A long time ago, in a deep and dark Korean forest, a young man named Lenny was forced to live with an evil battalion of soldiers . Lenny was homesick, and thought of his family back home constantly.

One cold December day, Lenny met a decrepit and impoverished old man who insisted that he could immortalize Len's parents by painting a likeness of them such as the world had never seen! Lenny was skeptical, but being in need of a way to spend his money, agreed to let the old man try.

So Lenny gave the man a photo of his parents to use as a guide.  The man put brush to canvas with gnarled and mangled claws, and in a matter of hours produced quite a good portrait of Albert and Josephine Martineau! 

Lenny was very happy with the results, but later that evening, as he prepared to package the painting to ship it home as a surprise for his Mom and Dad, he felt a strange sensation pass through his fingers, a tingling --- as if his hands were becoming frostbitten! Lenny was a little unnerved by this, but his evil Sergeant called "Lights Out" and so he went to sleep without thinking much more about it.

The painting was shipped home, and arrived just a few days after the Christmas Holiday. When it was unwrapped, it proved to be a very nice gift, indeed.  But as Len's Mom proceeded to hang it in a place where all who entered could admire it, it became warm to her touch and she dropped the painting, chipping a small corner of the frame.  She hung it anyway, and it DID inspire all who looked at it to declare it's exquisiteness!

And then a year passed.

And an unusual phenomenon began to occur. The faces in the portrait began to change, ever so subtlely at first, and then with greater intensity...until, horror of horrors... 

Mr & Mrs ALIEN P. MARTIAN - EAU were revealed!!!!!

Yes, folks, that's right.  Do not adjust the colors on your screen. 
The old man was exactly right...he did create a likeness such as the world has never seen...

Them faces is GREEN, y'all!! And they remain that way to this very day.
And the painting has produced a curse upon the Family:

All of Al and Josie's kids are fighting over who is going to inherit the silly thing.

The end.

More Artwork by Al and Josie:
Posted 01/27/2011
by Josephine Martineau
Gift for Clare Dunn

by Josephine Martineau
Gift For Jerry Dunn

Photo Album
by Josephine Martineau
Gift For Clare Dunn

Sampler Pillow
by Josephine Martineau
Gift For Janet Dunn

Cigar Box
by Albert Martineau
Gift For Jerry Dunn

Indian Head
Colored Pencil Drawing
by Albert Martineau
Gift For Michael Dunn