Friday, September 25, 2015

Optical Illusion

This little playground experiment was quite satisfying. I started with loose ideas in mind but quickly got absorbed wandering around inside my imagination. It was like painting a dream that keeps shifting shape and meaning. No way to really know when I was done except that I guess I woke up from the dream!

In the short time that this piece has lived here in my home with me, it has seemed a bit like an optical illusion. Sometimes I look at it and it feels flat, just a series of horizontal stripes of barely differentiated widths. Other times I walk right into a fully realized landscape and think about leaning over to pick up a pebble to toss into the water.

Either way, the process and product scratched an itch.

Wandering Around Inside
6x6", acrylic on gessobord
abstract landscape
2015
$36

8 comments:

  1. Dotty, this is awesome! Caught my eye right away. I love the red showing through, and you balanced it nicely!

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    1. Laurie, thanks for your feedback. You inspire me every which way—with painting ideas, painting techniques, and painting support! I am grateful.

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  2. I immediately see monarchs ... lined up by the water, resting with wings raised; and overhead, fluttering quickly and determinedly to Mexico. How's that for the ways your own experience appears to you in art??

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    1. Meg, this is such welcome, enlivening feedback. I totally love hearing what you see in the image. Your input reteaches me what I already know but too often forget, and it acts as such a strong invitation to keep on painting and experimenting. Thank you!

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  3. Dotty - I agree with you - this painting seems to grab you in a different way every time you look at it. Like Laurie, I also love the red peeking through. Lovely piece!
    - Connie

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    1. Connie, thanks so much for your comments and enthusiasm. Very welcome as I stretch my wings and explore. I just visited your blog and was captivated by the color and texture in your work. Such a feast for the senses and imagination. I will revisit and use your work to spark pieces of my own. I am surprised to find myself as drawn as I am to abstract paintings. I have made only a few ventures in that direction but you give me heart. Thank you!

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  4. I walk in immediately. The light and shadows pull me. The red is perfect, I love your textures and the reflection is wonderful :)

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  5. Sheila, thanks for letting me know you walk in immediately—such fun for me to hear! Thanks, too, for mentioning the specifics of light, shadows, texture, and reflection. I appreciate your feedback!

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