I’m working on a painting right now from a photograph that I took many years ago. As I’m working on it the reality illusion (that’s my name for it) suddenly kicked in and the painting began to approach how I see reality. At least certain parts of it did. Often, I don’t know why a painting starts to do this but this time I have a clear recollection of what started the illusion.
The painting is of the edge of Burnaby Lake with grass growing at the side of the lake. I’ve always liked this photograph because of the back-lit grass at the edge of the lake. The duck on landing approach is an add-on that the image needed, it took me years to decide what the photo lacked. The painting was looking good but no reality illusion showed up, until I painted some shadows on some of the grass created by grass behind. Suddenly, even though some of the grass was still very impressionistic, the grass started to appear real and jump off the painting surface which is part of the reality illusion.
The illusion doesn’t always appear with every painting, and when it does, I rarely know what precipitates it. I’m reminded of a science fiction novel where two characters are looking up at a bridge with holes in the bridge deck; sometimes people are aware that there are more holes than can initially be seen but it’s only when they start moving that they become aware that the holes form a pattern. I think the reality illusion is like the pattern; but you don’t need to move to imagine it.
Most people envision the grass as having a single colour or perhaps a mottled appearance. An artist knows that there are many colours, and the grass exists in three dimensions where grass can cast shadows on other grass either in front of or behind. I think an artist trains him or herself, or is trained by others, to see these shadows and realise how they are formed. More than that I believe everyone has this ability, an artist is simply trained to see them.
Creative thought is often described as thinking ‘outside the box’, whatever the box might be. I believe that thinking ‘outside the box’ is creative thinking and is similar to seeing the bridge holes as a pattern rather than just holes, and I believe that everyone has this ability.
I haven’t been posting recently because I’ve been studying Dreamweaver and some of the latest HTML. Apparently, Google ranks your site higher if it is designed to be used on multiple platforms, like mobile, tablet, and desktop. This is mostly screen size so it likely also includes laptops.
I’ve felt for a while that it didn’t matter what size of screen you had when you looked at my Website but clearly Google cares and it certainly looks better if I design pages separately or interactively so they change depending on screen size.
In this case change the screen size by making it smaller horizontally. You don’t need to actually change the screen resolution, just make the screen smaller horizontally and you should see some layout changes. I’m not completely done with this yet so there could be some future changes. Apparently, Google uses the fact that these changes are included in its algorithm, so I hope to notice my website traffic improving. If not, learning about it was interesting.
I like this Tutorial but there are many others. Some are specific for Dreamweaver but you can probably find others for whatever application you are using; assuming, of course, that you decide to do it yourself. I highly recommend building your Website yourself.
Keep looking for Tutorials until you find one that keeps you awake.
I spend an outrageous amount of time trying to match colours; eventually I just give up and use something similar. I do try and create what I call ‘the reality illusion’ but I enjoy painting regardless. If the ‘reality illusion’ shows up I am very surprised and impressed. Colours should be supremely important for the ‘reality illusion’ but humans aren’t that good at matching colours, so I’m starting to wonder why I think it’s so important. Look up colour illusions on Google to see how prolific they are and how they work (actually you should Google ‘Color’ Illusions rather than the British spelling).
In a previous post I mentioned that I look for places on my painting to use whatever colour I’ve mixed that is on my brush. I can’t help but think that colour contrast has more to do with a life-like image than actual accurate colour since it is in comparison that colours are viewed. If you match a colour compared to another colour and it looks good there is no way to determine that it will still look good tomorrow than to compare it tomorrow. Today when I am comparing the colour, I might have had a good sleep, or not, and the colour of shirt I am wearing may contrast with the colour, or not. Many people will not believe that the colour of shirt I am wearing will have any effect on how I select a colour on my pallet but tests have shown that that is exactly what happens. So, if I select a colour today and a slightly different colour tomorrow, then I can pick whichever colour I like and have done with it.