A Rorschach blot painting. Two figures are painted into a Rorschach setting and it is up to the viewer to decide their role in the painting. The viewer has to make sense of the unfamiliar and ambiguous shapes of color created by the blotting process.
” There is really no such thing as Art. There are only artists.” (From the Story of Art by E. H.Gombrich, 1995 edition, p.15).
This statement basically says that there are no right and wrong ways to imagine and create. The same is true for how to see my Rorschach paintings. There is no right and wrong way to imagine what they might be. All become artists when they look at a Rorschach painting. All are challenged to create.
I made my Rorschachs by blotting with water color, oils and acrylics. Blotting involves the placement of a fluid medium on paper which is then folded in half. When the paper is opened shapes appear that are at first strange and unfamiliar. However, with the aid of our imaginations we quickly begin to recognize the shapes as objects that are a part of our real world.
In the days to come I will talk often about my Rorschach paintings. By the way, what does the Purple Flower look like?