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Are you a person like me who sees more than what is there?If you stare at a wallpaper pattern do you see faces or animals?  Do you see pictures in the clouds?  There is a scientific term for this process, Pareidolia.

“Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.”   Wikipedia

The human mind wants to process in a way that it is familiar with. A jumble of shapes are thus “seen” as something we could recognize from our experience. This fascinating tool of our minds provides me with many new art experiments.

ImageI often make a blur of colors on wet paper with my watercolor paints just as a jumping off point of creating art. I will press papers and objects into the wet paint then let it all dry. My next step would be to turn the paper in all four directions and “see what is there” for me. If there is nothing, I may set it aside, or may add another paint layer. In the case of this work I did see- an eye! A vague face was there for me to paint. ImageTaking white conte crayon I outlined the eye I saw, then added another. I next used opaque white ink and brought out more features. Here you can see a nose and cheek being formed in small white fragments.

ImageContinuing with the white shapes I painted in more features. As I worked I saw more and more what the work needed to look like, and was led by the textures of the paper. ImageThe work turned out as this, Fragment. Because I allowed my perceptions to direct the course of the work I created a painting I would absolutely not have imagined. The concept was new for me, and it was a whole lot of fun.

Maybe you would like to try it-

Have a happy day

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