A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers



Randy Sorhol is an imaginative artist who sees beauty in ugliness and drama in dullness, but somehow his work doesn’t receive the admiration he feels it deserves.

He created a picture from old eggshells called Only Yolking but it absolutely stank!

He smashed a teapot and produced a piece called Shattered. His wife was shattered too, it once belonged to her great-grandmother!

Some discarded engine parts became an enormous wall hanging called Exhausted.  Some old shoes, Soleful and pile of fishbones, Spineless.

He’s having an exhibition of blank canvasses called A Void. Probably not the best title to attract visitors!




teds-pileThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Ted Strutz for the photo.

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66 thoughts on “A short story …

    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 11, 2021 / 16:17

      They must be related! I followed the link then delved into Google Images and was so pleased I did, his work is stupidly wonderful if that makes sense!

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  1. Christine Goodnough Aug 11, 2021 / 14:46

    Well punned! Randy has a rare talent for titling his pieces. He could get a job in advertising, a great outlet for such creativity.

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  2. Dale Aug 11, 2021 / 15:59

    Christine beat me to it. The titles of Randy’s works are great!

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  3. msjadeli Aug 11, 2021 / 19:00

    Light-hearted and clever. You did a nice representation in your graphic of the photo!

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  4. Lisa Aug 11, 2021 / 19:27

    The Void may be a hit. A museum in a large CA city had a large purple (just a pale purple) square canvas called “Love in Italy.” That was it, just a pale purple square, rather shiny like a piece of glossy vinyl. At least the title The Void makes sense.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 12, 2021 / 13:22

      That could be where Randy got his idea from! The Void was a far more sensible title than his A Void!


  5. larry trasciatti Aug 11, 2021 / 22:02

    Aah I so remember people from the Avant Garde days of the beat generation…Willoughby Cleary, Alben Shinberg, Mack Pellefac. They were all the rage in Greenwich Village back in my young un days

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  6. Michael Aug 12, 2021 / 00:42

    A story that made me smile, I enjoyed it

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  7. rochellewisoff Aug 12, 2021 / 00:44

    Dear Keith,

    Randy Sorhol? Love it. Sometimes it seems to me that being a successful artist is a matter having just the right gimmick. Well punned.



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  8. Gail M Baugniet Aug 12, 2021 / 01:34

    He’s lucky his skull wasn’t shattered like an eggshell when he rearranged the shape of the antique teapot. My favorite is the engine parts called Exhausted. Clever post, Keith.

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  9. draliman Aug 12, 2021 / 08:09

    He was doing so well with the clever names until that last one! Unless it’s a cunning bluff – after all, who can resist doing something that implies they shouldn’t? Fun!

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  10. writerravenclaw Aug 12, 2021 / 10:35

    Beauty in ugliness, drama in dullness – loved these lines. Great take on the picture prompt.

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  11. athling2001 Aug 12, 2021 / 21:09

    Sounds like he has his own thing going. Good for him. Keep up the good work:)

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  12. Lyn Aug 13, 2021 / 04:58

    Oh dear (much shaking of head here.) I must confess though, this had me chuckling, Keith. 😄

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  13. Lorraine Aug 13, 2021 / 07:10

    “He’s having an exhibition of blank canvasses called A Void. Probably not the best title to attract visitors!” His piece de resistance?

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  14. James McEwan Aug 13, 2021 / 13:06

    This was brilliant. Mind you if the artist preservers he’ll get one of his creations displayed in the Tate gallery. The sandpit and bucket_’drought’.
    the climate change activist will go ballistic.

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  15. jenne49 Aug 13, 2021 / 22:48

    Very punny, Keith! I love the way you play with words. And a fun take on the prompt.

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  16. GHLearner Aug 14, 2021 / 19:33

    I love this, too funny. The titles alone are works of art. Only sorry for his wife losing her keepsake.

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