|"Over the Sea 21" - Randall David Tipton used by permission|
|overlay, old man outline, by M. Miller|
Seeing Things Differently
Not long ago, professional artist Randall David Tipton posted a painting on his website titled, “Over the Sea 21”. The cotton candy pink cloud looks scrumptious. But beyond that, a tiny, shiny white spot within the cloud reminded me of a star shining through the cloud. My attention was captured. Suddenly, the white dot became an eye, and hmmm, there was a thin “eyebrow” (in slight change of color) above that. And then, of course, the nose was unmistakable to me.
And there, the whimsical face/head of an old man----.
(I’ve outlined him that you might better share my view.)
I like to think of him as the “essence” of the cloud, or a cloud-spirit (or sprite?) of some sort. As children, we looked to find images in clouds. Well, here was one not only discovered, but in my mind, seeing a further image in a pink cloud added to my enjoyment of the painting.
I asked Tipton if he meant to put a man in the cloud. “No no old men placed in my clouds or anything else,“ he replied.
But you know how it is with an optical illusion? You don’t see it, and then you do! After seeing that illusion, I can’t “not” see it – though Tipton didn’t place it there intentionally.
Just as sharing our different perceptions about lovely paintings can open up new pleasures to many, so also may collaborative insight add to our ability to solve problems, tackle work that needs doing, or cope with new patterns that show up in our lives or in the wider society.
Aren’t we lucky that artists’ imaginations see things differently? And that people with differing visions may enhance their (or our) fruitfulness or understanding? In such a case, artworks – or life -- can be true serendipities.
artist's website http://randalldavidtipton.blogspot.com
This post is shared with L. L. Barkat and Laura Boggess.