I was pondering how my non-representational paintings are becoming more and more like Rorschach tests or like looking at clouds, where the things you see are an indication of your own creativity or of the things you often have in mind. People see different things in these paintings that I never noticed myself — especially Dani! I find this kind of ironic, considering that I painted them… But I’ve seen the same happen to other artists too, so I think maybe we’re just too close to our own work to notice things that we didn’t already have in mind. But as soon as you say “that part looks like a yak in a tutu holding a chili-dog doing a plié”, 9 times out of 10 I’ll say, “oh yeah! I never noticed that! There it is, plain as day!” So I never see these things myself, which is a large part of why I invite your interpretations. 🙂 However on Wednesday I did see a cloud that looked like Denmark, so that’s not so bad.
While pondering all this, I decided what the heck! Why not do a painting in Rorschach’s actual style? But more colorfully of course:
So a few squirts of paint on canvas paper, fold it in half, press down and open it back up. It was done in a fraction of the time it’s taken to write this post. The leaf-like veins you see were left by the heavy body paint as I pulled it apart. Those were a nice surprise.
Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I thinned the paint or used fluid acrylic? I bought more canvas paper today, so I think you’re going to find out!