Many people have said that they see pictures in the clouds or that certain clouds might resemble something. This happens to me too, but it is not limited to clouds. I see images in everything, everywhere, all the time. In dirty napkins, rugs, rust spots, shadows, paint splotches, stains, spills… you get the idea. Case and point:

Last Friday, I was near a steel beam which had been painted yellow but was chipping and flaking due to wear. I noticed that the steel exposed by the paint chipping looked like a face. Though recently I had been working on my art around the clock, I had not recently exercised this part of my creative brain in some time. A compulsion quickly came over me to turn this resemblance into an image that anyone could recognize as a face.

I soon gave in, and began scratching away the paint with my thumbnail to add a cigarette but the paint too easily chipped away, leaving harsh and jagged lines. As this quickly became unsatisfactory to me, I soon found myself improvising an art tool. Looking around, I spied a stray paperclip, and used the sharp end of it to score the paint, and chip away the paint from in between these lines.

As this was a rather large steel beam and part of a permanent installation, and not something I was going to take home with me, I made my perfectionism submit to my sense of practicality, and quit the project soon after the image became recognizable, rough though it was;

I apologize for the quality of the photo; I did not have my camera on me, and used my phone instead.

Which leads me to my next post…


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