This acrylic painting is the companion piece to “Fire and Air” in yesterday’s post. I have a friend who, when he was 10, used to always say, “This painting is 3D.” At that time those “Magic Eye” or 3D images were very popular. You relax your eyes and look that picture and a 3D vision pops right out at you.
Water and Earth, Acrylic Â© Diane Clancy
Sometimes (often?) children can see what we can’t see … I always wondered … because each time he insisted it was 3D! But I was never quite sure what he saw – I think it was just the image itself for him was 3D.
Looking at it online, of course, is not like looking at the original … but sometimes I almost see what he means … even looking at this online version. As I go and check how this post looks as I am writing it, again I am struck by the 3D quality. For me, it has something to do with the light (I think) in the middle of the painting. The more I look at it, the more 3D it looks to me. Does anyone else “see” the 3D?
The painting Fire and Air doesn’t have the same quality of light in the center … when I look at it after looking at this Earth and Water, I can see a faint 3D quality if I have soft eyes … but not as striking as this one. I have 2 other canvases stretched and prepped to paint 2 more of this series. These are horizontal mirrors and I think the other 2 would be vertical mirrors to these two – though that is not set in stone yet.
I am not sure whether I should paint them. On one hand it would give me a set of 4 which could be good for licensing, but I am somewhat anxious about trying to recreate the “feeling” of these two paintings. For me, it is part of what I grapple with as an artist ~ how to move between letting my muse move me versus having my mind direct me more. I know a balance is needed and I am not always sure how to be on target with that balance.
Sounds like life again, doesn’t it? I guess in many ways life is painting and painting is life. For me, they certainly are not all that separate. By this time, I am again struck how 3D this particular painting looks to me ~ thank you for those eyes of that child!
~ Diane Clancy