WELCOME TO TOBOLAND
By Bob Doucette
TOBOLAND is not a place you can get to by using maps or compasses. You can’t sail there navigating by the stars and using a sextant for help and you especially can’t fly there in a jet plane. TOBOLAND is a destination that hides in plain sight hidden by the veil of obscurity. You might have seen it out of the corner of your eye while playing at pirates or building a dream ship. Sometimes when you tell a big whopper of a tale you can see it like a mirage that comes into clear focus for just a moment. In short, the only way to get there is by using your imagination.
Now a day it is harder than ever to get to TOBOLAND because everyone is always telling us to put away our childhood dreams and face the cold hard facts of life. The non-believers have taken over most of the planet and they all say that you should “think outside of the box” but that is the last thing they really want, in fact they wished you would all just stay inside your boxes and lock them shut, walk the straight and narrow, follow the fold and for goodness sake don’t ever color outside of the lines!
TOBOLAND is a place where color seep into every corner from rainbow bright to murky mono toned and every whim is satisfied. There are all sorts of citizens from every walk of life. Everything from army sergeant to warrior witch and no one is judged. The only enemy to TOBOLAND is negativity, non-believers and haters and they are not allowed. The architecture and clothing don’t follow any rules of design or pre-described trends. People can live in a hacienda or a hovel if they wish and they can wear anything from an 18th century horse hair hobble-knockers to star-studded golden penny loafers as long as they can imagine it!
A challenge has been set to all you daydreamers out there in the big world. Drop your day-planners and smart phones and pick up some whimsy and ride it all the way to the edge of obscurity. When you have exhausted your resourcefulness and all that is left is your imagination the veil will lift and TOBOLAND will be revealed. Once you have entered its gates you will be welcome there for the rest of your life!
TOBOLAND, the painting series, will explore these flights of fancy that take us on a trip of pure imagination. We will see the travelers in their dream ships headed to TOBOLAND and the fantastical worlds of whimsy that exist when they arrive there. The viewer is going to be taken along for the ride by opening their minds and practicing their powers of observation and imagination. Everyone come along, it is going to be a fun and colorful ride.