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Misty Thomas

7 Days Ago

Faces In Art

Anyone else see faces in their art when finished. I have been experiencing this alot lately. My family says it's a gift. I don't mean to do this it just happens!

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Karel Thome

7 Days Ago

i saw the face almost immediatly ,interesting , is this something you try to do or it just happens, odd iI will have to watch what i paint a little closer. but i did see it in the lower right hand side almost yellow colored paint.

 

Carmen Hathaway

7 Days Ago

 

Pareidolia — is the name of the mode where a person sees faces, shapes/random objects or patterns of light and shadow in textured surfaces.

It's common.

Some of my favorite memories are times spent outdoors with my grandmother, exchanging ideas of what the cloud shapes up above look like as they transform.

I enjoy teasing out manifest imagery on any textured surface — stone, wood, etc. — using acrylic paint.


Here's an example in my Pixels portfolio where I've done this on a textured impasto acrylic surface.

I created the texture, then detailed the faces, etc. that I was seeing.

https://carmenhathaway.pixels.com/featured/dig-deep-carmen-hathaway.html

 

VIVA Anderson

6 Days Ago

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This really spooked me, when I noticed’her’…do you see her?

EDIT @ David…since I can’t unsee her, to answer your questions, brb, I’ll go ask her, lol.
"……………….blindfolded, to TRUTH , she says. !!

 

Mike Savad

6 Days Ago

I suppose if I stare hard enough I see a face. But since you painted it, you could have subconsciously added a face in there. I'll see it stuff, trees, clouds etc but for the most part its, what face? What are you talking about? You crazy? When someone points it out to me. Or I will give them a long hard stare with an inquisitive eyebrow.


----Mike Savad

 

David Manlove

6 Days Ago

@Misty I see her, and she's being hugged by her pet.....teddy bear

@Viva is she blindfolded or holding her hand over her eyes from the bright light?

 

L A Feldstein

6 Days Ago

When I see a face in something I painted, then it's all I see -- even if it wasn't intended, the face 'stays'

 

Mario Carta

6 Days Ago

Yes I do Misty, and I see it in your art right off the bat.

I did a series of 15 large drip paintings to convince myself I was not trying to paint faces. Upon closer examination I discovered even more in the paintings than just faces. It was a fascinating world that was living in the art.

So much so that I was totally captivated by what was appearing in my paintings, the theme transcended from painting to painting in a most dramatic way. There was nothing subtle about it.

It's as if the art had a mind and purpose of it's own and revealed what it wanted to reveal, always a surprise to me and others at times.

 

No, sorry. No face

Nor in yours Viv

 

Bill Tomsa

6 Days Ago

I see two faces in the lower right corner. One turned to the left and the other looking directly forward.

Twins?

 

Bill Swartwout

6 Days Ago

I shot this solitary leaf because is was autumn and the colors were right. Then, in post, I "saw" a Halloween pumpkin face.

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Mike Savad

6 Days Ago

I have a number of clouds that do really look like heads. Never uploaded them, though maybe at some point. Not sure how well face clouds sell.


----Mike Savad

 

Sharon Cummings

6 Days Ago

Viva...I see a little white bird in the lower right....and kinda a creepy face about halfway on the left peering around the petal....but no woman....lol

As for the OP...I see a heart shaped tree...cannot find a face.

But like others have said, once I see a "face" in my work or anything else, I can never unsee it....it's ALL I see.


I love the faces that show up when I do "mirror image" work like this:

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I see an owl, a guru, a lion, a weird bird, a cat and Mario the pizza maker....lol

 

J L Meadows

6 Days Ago

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When I started this painting, there was only going to be the tiger, the boy and the panther. I had a green, impressionistic leaf pattern behind them. But then I started seeing faces in the leaf pattern - the bear was first, I believe - and I painted him, and then I saw the monkey, and so on. And so I kept going, and wound up with a jungle full of animals as a result. It was an interesting process. And fun!

 

Bill Tomsa

6 Days Ago

I know it’s not an official image thread,but thought I’d get mine in before Abbie yells at us.

How about laser eyes in the sky?

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Bill Tomsa

6 Days Ago

Sharon, you saw Mario???

 

Sharon Cummings

6 Days Ago

Bill right under the owl head at the very top...mustache and all!

 

Floyd Snyder

6 Days Ago

Maybe some of us have been watchin' too much of The Sixth Sense. You think? :-)

 

Bill Tomsa

6 Days Ago

Sharon .. Got it.

 

Bill Swartwout

6 Days Ago

Many faces of a sunflower. How many faces or face shapes can you find??????

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Ken Walker

6 Days Ago

And abstract artist with Pareidolia in a house with stucco walls...yikes. I have faces staring at me all day long. You just have to ignore them. They don't talk much LOL

 

Brian Wallace

6 Days Ago

Yes Misty, I see the "face" in the lower right corner. Kind of reminds me of those (usually old) photographs that supposedly captured a spirit image in the background.

There is something called "Automatic Writing", where a person writes messages by holding a writing utensil onto a sheet of paper and just letting go of their own control. Maybe you've tapped into a similar phenomena, with your art?

I only try to keep an open mind. I'm not endorsing an actual belief one way or another. I find it fascinating however to consider the possibilities.

The possible cause is open to speculation and of course many jump to a conclusion without positive evidence... Is it a spirit(s) from beyond trying to communicate, or just one's subconscious being revealed? And there's of course the likelihood that it's simply a coincidence. The occurrences you have encountered, "I have been experiencing this alot lately." may tend to reduce but not completely dismiss the random "chance" coincidences to some degree.

My bathroom walls used to have an imitation marble pattern and I was surprised at how many different "figures" would pop out at me!

Just for the fun of adding to the imagery of random "hidden" pictures in this thread, here's my own contribution...

Hidden Bear In Tree With Ball

Looking over some old photo captures, I came across this one and suddenly I was almost shocked to see a bear shape outlined by the tree branches. I darkened the area around the bear to make it easier to see and digitally added the moon which represents a ball the bear is holding (to add artistic value). Otherwise, this is a natural optical illusion I didn't know I had captured with the camera. I did not add any additional tree parts, limbs, branches, or extensions of branches.

Hidden Bear In Tree With Ball by Brian Wallace

 

Doug Swanson

6 Days Ago

Read up on psychological projective tests, most notably the Rorschach Inkblot Test. The upshot is that, given an ambiguous stimulus with no explicit content, people will supply their own content and meaning. It has much more to do with the thought process of the viewer than it does with the actual thing being seen.

In addition, once you see the face, or whatever it is, you can't "unsee" it and, generally, if you suggest it to someone else viewing the same image, they will see it too. Once I read "face", I started seeing it, even though it was not my first thought.

The human perception is still an incompletely engineered process. In that sense, it's pretty much irrelevant whether the artist intended to have a face. We see what we want to see or what our underlying processes want us to see or what somebody else tells us to see.

It's really fascinating stuff and often scary in regard to human affairs and history.

 

Mary Bedy

6 Days Ago

I have a bunch of wood faces posted. They are from a wooden shelter in the local hiking trail and from knots in the boardwalk wood planks in town mostly. I find them very amusing.

 

Janine Riley

6 Days Ago

I wasn't expecting to see this - when someone pointed it out to me.

I guess there will always those who watch over you.
But who is it ?

Funny thing is; I thought that I edited them out - but they're back..... Old blue Window J Riley

 

Doug Swanson

6 Days Ago

I see a pair of eyes in the window, but it was suggested by "watch over you". If you had said that there will always be garden problems, I would have attended to the vines in the periphery of the window.

 

Misty, the face is visible from my porthole; it really comes down to a person's 'attitude' (which is part of their worldview basically). I am one of those people that kind of stays open to these ambiguities along with dreams, synchronicity and other 'coincidental' events that touch my day... and nighttime attention.

Below is an image that I put in my collection with a description that invites people to 'finish' it. Many people have - and one day perhaps I will write an essay or book on the subject.

As well as 'seeing' these things I make it a habit of listening to them as well - some of the audience here will have a field-day with that admission but that's fine. Fact is 99 percent of the drawings and paintings in my collection are merely my cultivating of an ambiguous form that finds itself on my canvas - enjoy them and if they suggest a subject to you enjoy that as well.

So finish this one...........

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Bill Tomsa

6 Days Ago

This is the "Haunted Cactus" of Cave Creek,Arizona. Legend has it that anyone who gets within 20 feet of it on All Hallows Eve (Halloween) at Midnight disappears and is never seen again!

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David Bridburg

6 Days Ago

Not seeing faces.

 

Misty Thomas

6 Days Ago

I see two double images bottom right. Overlapping each other. Child like images. I think it's awesome how some see it and some don't. I just noticed I do it without knowing it and sometimes it is unsettling that I won't bring certain peices inside my home. But everything I paint is never planned. Thanks everyone !

 

Misty Thomas

6 Days Ago

Love the paintings as well. Again it's amazing how Art is to our imagination

 

Val Arie

5 Days Ago

Pareidolia - didn't know there was a name for it.

Misty you are right - I have seen some that, like Sharon said - once seen, that changed how I felt about the piece.

 

Carmen Hathaway

5 Days Ago

 

https://earthsky.org/human-world/seeing-things-that-arent-there/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia


Coolest thing happened ( for me, anyway ;)  ) several years ago on this discussion forum.

A photographer posted a picture of a derelict car. I asked who the woman was looking out the side back seat window.

He hadn't noticed her until I pointed that out.

 

Genevieve Esson

5 Days Ago

Yes, I see faces. Sometimes in my art and in objects and nature. I had no idea I had created a figure when I painted this abstract oil painting back in 1992.

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Chuck Staley

5 Days Ago

If you close your right eye, lean your head to the left and squint, you may be able to see the face hidden in these flowers.

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Otherwise... just look at it.

 

Xueling Zou

5 Days Ago

Portrait painting is one of my favorite subjects,

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L A Feldstein

4 Days Ago

How many faces to you see in this photograph? I see three distorted.

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Randy Pollard

4 Days Ago

I see that also, lower right corner. That’s weird!! Sometimes it how it’s being shadowed in the image.

 

Carmen Hathaway

4 Days Ago

 

This one had a bit of a 'twist' for me. I was working on this the night before the morning we received word a beloved family member had suddenly passed in the night.


Many faces manifest. Here's the original

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And example of pareidolic imagery manifest -- shadowing and highlighting to tease out some of what I see.


 

Xueling Zou

4 Days Ago

Painted from a live model...
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Douglas Brown

4 Days Ago

What do you see in this image.

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Mario Carta

4 Days Ago

For me personally I see this phenomena as something far beyond the pareidolia experience. Mostly because in my series of 15 drip paintings I discovered a theme in which the apparitions were engaged in a violent battle.

The images had a sexual nature, they were animated and many were anthropomorphic in nature. For me the art revealed something of an apocalyptic meaning, of which I don't really understand even though I studied these paintings for hour and hours hoping to derive the meaning behind it.

This is just a section of one the drip paintings. Much more can be seen when the image is magnified.

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Agree with Carmen! When I would get children out of cars in the car rider line at school, another friend and I would see the "happy cars"! Once you see them you can't unsee the eyes and grill mouth. Here is my image that I think is perfect for the Halloween season!
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Carmen Hathaway

4 Days Ago

 

:) Thanks Lisa — we each bring our unique vision/imagination in interpreting manifest imagery. Very cool haunted tree!

Back in my public/retail studio days, a group of business men came for a tour with a local Chamber of Commerce rep, who was also their interpreter.

One man was really taken with my paintings on stone, one in particular had a spirit of sorts quite visible — coincidentally it had a definite Asian appearance.

Part of the stone imagery was the profile of a sitting bear.

The patron asked, through the interpreter, if the spirit was really in there. "Of course", was my response. "If you see it, it's in there. More importantly, you feel it is."

What a day that was, such gentlemen, and so appreciative of my art glass, and paintings.

It was also my first experience of men on a gleeful shopping spree!

Let's hear it for archives, here's Protectors





 

Shelli Fitzpatrick

4 Days Ago

Funny, I just commented on a different thread that I see faces in just about everything and always have.

I think it is a special gift artists have.

btw I see more than one face in your cool art.

Here is one of mine that I can't un-see the face in it.

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Bruce Bodden

2 Days Ago

I noticed this little dinosaur at work today...others saw it too.

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