In 1921, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach created a series of inkblots on paper and used them to analyse psychological and emotional responses. At the time it caused quite a stir. These days, in the medical fraternity, it is regarded as a bit of a historic novelty.
Rorschach invited patients to tell him what they saw in a series of random symmetric inkblots. The results could be quite varied according to the patient’s state of mind.
As an abstract expressionist artist, I certainly do draw a lot of inspiration from nature and the landscape. But, unless I am deliberately painting a floral image, or a land or seascape, I never mindfully attempt to represent anything in particular.
So I find it very interesting when people say things like, “I like the painting with the dolphin in it” and
“How much is the one with a dragon and the face in the cloud?” It’s a source of great fun and delight for me.
These observations fascinate me because I’ve never attempted to paint a dragon or a dolphin. Or, for that matter, a face in a cloud! But when people point out the shapes and forms within the texture and colours of my work, I can see what they see. I was once asked if I could paint over the ghost from the painting below:
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