In the eye of the beholder
I woke up yesterday morning and saw a combination of colours in my mind's eye: red, black, yellow, white and teal. The colours were solid and simple, straight lines, understated.
As I rarely get a distinct vision of something, I decided to put what was in my head on canvas. It took me half the day, in between sessions of working on a large commission, to get it done.
I posted the quick iPhone snap of it on my Russell Thomas Art Facebook page, then felt compelled to take an archival photograph of it and digitally place it in a room.
I then posted it with the question of what I should call it, on Facebook, Instagram and this morning on Twitter. Over 100 suggestions have come in so far.
Some people clearly see a character called Cartman (South Park) and can't get it out of their heads.
Others see a pencil.
One lady asked: "Is it wrong that I see a freshly made bed?"
There were also many deeper, more profound, interpretations:
Beneath the Surface
Tax Time: mostly in the RED
Red Sun Rising
My working title was "Red Earth Teal Sky".
What's clear to me is that everyone is going to see what they see. How I see it, or even name it, is secondary to the individual's experience of looking at it.
With that in mind, I'm going to name it in such a way that the viewer gets to decide.
|What do you see?|
18" x 36"
acrylic on canvas