Painting: Rorschach 5

Rorschach 5, acrylic on 11″ x 14″ bristol paper, May 12, 2012

This one was made with liquid acrylics instead of the heavy body acrylics I’ve done these with previously.  When I opened this up I said “Wow!”  The colors interacted better than I’d hoped!  They kind of wove together in places.

It has kind of bothered me that I look at these things myself and usually get no impression.  I would normally interpret that as indicating a lack of creativity, but that does not fit with the fact — particularly obvious to me — that I created them.  So it just seems very odd to me that I make them and yet do not see anything in them until you point out the obvious resemblances.   Neurologists should study my brain!

But that is not the case with this one!  I have a definite, clear impression from this one!  But I don’t want to color your interpretations by telling you what I see.  But if you really want to know, use your mouse to highlight here:   I see a Samurai. Yes indeedy, it’s the ol’ html magic of white text on a white background!

Then when I was taking the photos for this post I remembered that as abstracts — and these especially — they really have no top or bottom, so I flipped it over.  And saw something else again: A Cacodemon from Doom, the old video game from the 90s. Which is this.

Rorschach 5, acrylic on 11″ x 14″ bristol paper, May 12, 2012

Here’s what it looked like before the smoosh.  The background is deposits and formations of fluorescent green wash.

Rorschach 5 — before — acrylic on 11″ x 14″ bristol paper, May 12, 2012

And while I was flipping these things over, I subjected the Chinese Dragon to the same treatment.  To me it looks like a cheerful old timer with a handlebar mustache and a hat more elaborate than his usual bowler from this side.

Rorschach 4, acrylic on 11″ x 14″ bristol paper, May 12, 2012

What do you see?

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18 responses to “Painting: Rorschach 5

  1. Well, on cell,I can’t see White on White. But to me it looks like devil from all angles 🙂 !!!

    • I did not think of that. 🙂 There has to be some way to highlight text on a web page on you phone though? Anyway, ‘devils’ yes. I saw fearsome things too. The first view gives me the impression of an angry Samurai. I named it Samurai. “Upside down”, it looks like a cacodemon — a devil! — from the old video game Doom. They were ferocious heads that would float around the game spitting fireballs at you. They were tough too! Take link up there to see one. Chinese Dragon “upside down” looks like a cheerful old timer with a handlebar mustache and a hat more elaborate than his usual bowler, to me.

      Thanks for sharing your interpretation! 🙂

  2. …a lion dragon both ways! Oh, Yes! In both cases with a puzzled expression: “Who am I? Am I angry? Maybe I am …errr!”! Love them , both ways, Charlie.

  3. Jim

    The colors on this one are really good. I like it upside down better.

    • Thank you! 🙂 Yeah, somehow it does seem more pleasin’ upside down… I need to remember to keep flipping these things over for the camera!

  4. i see weird angry ant / dragon faces

    • That’s the second vote for an angry ants and dragons! 🙂 He who reads the blog and tells me in person what he thinks instead of commenting, and he knows who he is, said the same thing. First thing in the morning — before I had any coffee — I said ‘hello’ and he said “angry ants!” And I was like “Wha…?” for several long pre-caffinated moments.

      Thanks for interpreting and commenting Brian! 🙂

    • And that is one of the most interesting things about this — that multiple people see the same or similar things… I guess I’ll keep doing these — it’s too fascinating to stop. 🙂

  5. you are right it is amazing how everyone sees something different…
    I think you study color and interaction between textures, shapes…others are looking to put it one piece

    • Thanks for the insightful comment. 🙂 I think you’ve hit the nail on the head — that is what I’m exploring. As well as psychological aspects — things my own mind does around creativity and the act of creating art, and how we can interpret and make any visual sense of something which isn’t really anything but smeared paint… I find this amazing and fascinating.

  6. How cool! This one definitely looks like a Chinese decor style piece with the colors and the dragon-like quality of it.

  7. Dani

    I see sisters sitting back to back.

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