|Ink and watercolor on 8" x 8" Daler-Rowney Langton Prestige NOT paper|
What do you think? (Feel free to enlarge the image by clicking on it.)
ARTIST'S THOUGHTS (Consider the picture. Then and only then, read this):
I have an aversion to cliche' images, and I was thinking about mortality and the swiftness of a life span when I drew and colored this. So I included what I hoped would be unsettling elements:
1. There is a doll in the tree. If you look carefully, the doll's hair could also be read as a dark bird.
2. There is a discarded boy's toy as well, in the foreground. The wheel could be read as the tail of the squirrel. The squirrel is collecting a nut, an activity which is performed at the threshold of winter.
3. There is something watching the children from the tree on the right.
4. When I was done, I thought I spotted a ghost. Do you see it? My most valuable critic thinks I am crazy on this one. She is probably right. So what else is new?
WHO IS RIGHT? (Besides my wife)
So, what did you think when you studied the image? Was there a scenario that came to mind? Did that change when I told you what my ideas where? Am I just nuts (like my wife says)?
I almost didn't tell you what my concept was - this was going to be a two line post. But I think it is fun for you to know what I thought, and I'd love to know what you thought (if anything). The picture is no longer mine when I publish it, it is yours. So at this stage, your thoughts are more valid than mine. Or are they? Maybe in an idyllic world..