She was capable of seeing all kinds of imaginary things.
She is also something that I saw when I looked at a page in my journal with random paint spattered on it. There is actually a name for this phenomenon: Pareidolia. It's the ability to see significance in random stimulus. It's common to see faces and I see them everywhere, along with figures and houses or cities. This capability apparently developed as a way of making the random chaos of the world more intelligible. I like following it where it leads into a world perhaps less intelligible. It's also a lot of fun!
This is one of those happy pieces that just seem to paint itself. For a few days I couldn't think of what to paint, but once I thought of the horse, everyone else came along for the party. The tea is actually gold mica flakes. I love those things. I think I'll go get some tea now, the green, not the gold variety!
Dreams are so interesting because one event flows into another without the usual restraints of time or space. They are fluid! Oh my mind is racing off on a tangent...our bodies are 60 to 75% water and our minds are 80 to 90% subconscious... Is there a connection??? I can't wait to see what other artists have done with the word "fluid" for Illustration Friday.
Back to the here and now, this is my new mixed media painting about dreaming. I've quoted Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, "The Land of Nod". I've nearly finished a second painting on the background I showed in my previous post. Just putting on the varnish: )
You may have noticed that I've finally figured out how to put a watermark on my image. I've been meaning to do this for at least a year. It was surprisingly easy to do with GIMP and instructions from ScottPhotographics.
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