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Still on the topic of Pareidolia, this blog describes my creative process for one such work. “Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ 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 To jump start my process I use wet paper and intense inks. Applied at random the wet paint is covered with plastic and left to dry. T The image produced when dry reminded me of faces in a crowd, including the compelling blond man who stared at me in the dark from across the room. It took me weeks of this staring contest before I got the courage to attempt to bring him out! I started with a thumbnail sketch- I next added some details in white chalk; if I got it wring it was easy to erase. Next step was to block in the lights with white tempera paint. Again, this could be lifted if it was wrong. These people evolved as I went along; some were painted in and then removed as they felt wrong. By using flexible media to work I allowed myself far more freedom to get it right. At this point I had added myself, into the top left area you can see my yellow hair in a ponytail, walking away from this lonely crowd full of souls both lost and searching… Here is the completed work; it had become very emotional for me at this point in the process. I identified with and had a story for each of the people in it; they all had something they were seeking even if just to be left alone. The young blond man in the foreground was the most desperate of all; almost spent up but with a sudden ray of hope for more in his life. The question being presented here was if the others would let him succeed, even if he could. My description- Border Street- In the land of Neverwhere, a sub street lies between the real and the other, where crossing between is an option; a place for the used up to be and the borderline people to make their choice. Funny, even reliving this one while writing this entry was an experience; caused me to relive this painting’s process as I told the story! Every painting can be a potential teacher. What will yours teach you today? Hope it is a happy one for you!