Sunday, February 23, 2014

Genius - Unintentional.

Update: LOTD - Hallucinations Welcome.
   Have you ever done something and didn't notice that you'd done it until after it was over? And then there's that Steve Urkel moment when you say, "Did I do that?" But sometimes it's a good thing? Yeah, that happens to me a lot!
   So, here's an assortment of pictures I've done that all have a extra little 'something' that I didn't intend, but recognized after the picture was complete, and incorporated into the title as if, as Pee Wee Herman would say, "I meant to do that!", when honestly, it was more like, "Whoa! I did NOT see that coming!".
   PS: If you don't see it, don't worry, it's not really there. In most of these, it's kind of like seeing shapes in clouds - a very individualistic imaginative pursuit. But most of them are pretty, so enjoy that at least.
Update 2/26/14: Here's one more I found in my file of drawings done on blue-lined graph paper.
(I also added some commentary and a highlight from the last picture.)

Sumo Wrestlers 10/6/04
No one told me back then that great art just wasn't done on grid paper. Huh.

Dancing Clown. 11/17/04
Blue Man. 7/19/05
Fractile Face. 11/24/05
Furious Gloom (mask). 6/10/10
Casper Walking His Dog. 6/22/10

Dancing Hamster. 1/28/11
Swirly Cat (Schrodinger's Cat?) 8/10/11
   This next one needs a bit of explanation - "Darwin's Dilemma?" was intended as a pure abstract design; a random, semi-curved linked structure with a bottom-to-top color progression. But when I finished it, I saw, partially hidden in the structure, a sad, monkey-like creature looking out at me. I didn't plan to put it there, but by some confluence of random design elements, a recognizable form appeared. So my title, "Darwin's Dilemma" was my too-clever-by-half way of saying, "Hey! Look at the Monkey!"
Darwin's Dilemma? 9/27/11

Shooting From the Hip. 10/23/11
   Shooting from the Hip was actually drawn the other way around, but it didn't look like anything to me until I turned it upside down, then it jumped out at me.
T2B+R2L=PD (Dragon). 3/23/12
(Top to Bottom plus Right to Left equals Pseudo-Dragon - That describes how I applied the colors. The head of the dragon is just above the center of the design.)

This next one is another Two-Fer. It's 2 pictures in 1, depending on how you hang it!
The Hammer Dropped. 5/2/12
Keyhole. 5/2/12
   This next one has a similar story to a picture previously posted here (Hootie Owl). Whereas Hootie Owl was named by a little old lady, this one was named by a little young lady who saw it and blurted out her quick first impression.
Golden Turtle. 5/14/12
Could it be a distant glimpse of Great A'tuin?

   The next one is another Two-Fer but scary, so Watch Out! (Just shown once this time, because it's almost the same either way.)
It Lurks Between the Lines/Between the Lines It Lurks. 7/16/12
Pseudo-Mandelbrot Egg. 7/19/12
Trans-Dimensional Ninja Stealth Monkeys. 9/13/12
I even drew a little portrait in the corner of this last one to help you see what I saw scattered throughout this design.

 (kind of like Secret Service gnomes or NSA monitoring elves - When You Can't See Them, That's When You Know They're There!)


  1. "Shooting From The Hip" was the first one (scrolling down) that I immediately saw what the title described. It's great -- it should be used for the opening of the next Bond film, where he turns and shoots at the viewer, if they want to make the opening cool.

    "Golden Turtle" could also be called "Looking Down Into Pandora's Box."

    "Pseudo-Mandelbrot Egg" could also be called "Self-Esteem Roller."

    (I know the titles are set; I just thought you'd find it interesting to hear what another might have titled one.)

  2. ... Whoop! That comment was from Oppo. ...

  3. Oppo, hey, when kids look for shapes in clouds, some see horsies, some see duckies, and some see The Stoning of St. Stephen! (old Peanuts reference). I think next week I'll show an assortment of un-real estate drawings you might like. Stay tuned!

  4. I know that Peanuts strip of which you speak.

    I feel like Charlie Brown: "I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I think I'll just forget it."

    Looking forward to the unreal estate! I like imagining how I'd walk from point A to point B in your 3-D castles and towns.

    1. Oh, I just got it! Self Esteem Roller (Steam Roller). Right? Hmm...Maybe I can use that... :-)

    2. Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that what some people may see is not as good as what I saw - just different. And that's a good thing! If everyone was the same, shopping for ice cream at Baskin-Robbins would be a lot more dull. If old Rorschach had decided in advance what everyone Should see in his ink blot tests, psychiatry would be a lot simpler.
      "What does this look like to you?"
      "A bunch of flowers?"
      "You're Crazy! It's obviously a flock of birds! Take him away!"

    3. [No, no need to say "Sorry." I didn't mean that your comment made me feel like Charlie Brown. I meant that I often feel like him when I'm looking at your art. I'll initially see some minor detail, and fixate on that without seeing the greater possibilities. Until I let time and imagination do their work.]

  5. Heh.
    It just occurred to me . . . All your "Musey" winners can be displayed in a Musey-m.

    Hey: how did the art show go?

    1. Meh! I drank some wine, ate some cheese and crackers, showed a few of my recent designs to some people, but no one bought anything. The highlight of the evening was when they asked me to sing "The Scotman's Kilt".

  6. Incidentally, you could also include in your chapter on unintentional genius those drawings in which you adapt a stray raindrops or smudge into an existing design.

    You seem to take those things with aplomb. Calmly. Call it serene-dipity.

  7. An added bonus in "Darwin's Dilemma" is how so many of the shapes look like salamanders --- nascent land-dwellers emerging from the fish body morphology.

    1. Did you see anything in Furious Gloom? That's one of my favorites. I subtitled it (mask) because I saw a face in it after I'd finished it. I called it Furious Gloom because of the activity in the design and the dark red colors, but after I saw the face, Furious Gloom (one of the Gloom brothers) became the name of the face I saw. I did a sequel called Fabulous Gloom - maybe he's the brother the rest of the family doesn't talk about?

    2. In Furious Gloom, I do see the face pretty easily, and I must say it's unnerving. A blank stare, like you see on people on subways, but the title makes it eerier.

      The fine details (in both senses of that phrase!) are total Roschach exercises!

      For one moment I thought I was on to something, when I saw a "g" in the lower left corner and an "L" in the lower right . . . but no further letters.

      Upper right corner has a Washington Monument, which becomes a cactus in the Upper Left corner. That's symbolic of something, somehow; but, as usual, language can't translate something visual and visceral into words.

      Overall, I mainly see plants (with their leaves) trying desperately to form letters, but failing because they don't really know the alphabet. There's probably a children's book in that somewhere! See how your accidental discoveries work?

    3. Heh. It's all good! I've tried to add secret messages to my designs by working letter shapes into the design in the past with mixed results. Either the letters were too obvious, or faded into the details of the design so that the message couldn't be read at all. Hmm... The Plants That Couldn't Spell? What would they need to spell? "Stay off the grass!"?

  8. P.S.: It's easy to spot the Sumo Wrestlers in the one you just added -- and their motion (slow and strong), which is quite a feat, what with all the blocky straight lines.

    Here's a case of a title making it instantly clear what the drawing is. Without the title, I would have seen something different. Probably a mother and father trying to change a diaper on a squirming kid!