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Old 01-05-2005, 05:38 PM
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A painting with a twist...

I think this belongs here. It IS done with acrylics. I couldn't think of anywhere else on the site that would be more appropriate...

It is a little different, however- And was VERY difficult to photograph- it is a painting that needs to be 'experienced', not looked at. I am still not 100% done, I don't think. I want to do a few more layers of paint in some areas to get more depth, and to correct some issues in the doors...



Let me explain exactly what you are looking at here. This is a painting with a bit of a twist to it- A 3-d Optical illusion is 'built in' to it. The above view is what you see head on, but if you step to the left a bit----->



You see this.... Step to the right------>



And you see this. As your position changes, the perspective does, too... You kind of get the effect in the photos- But nothing like in real life- it seems to 'bend' as you look at it. It is actually quite bizzare.

This is what it looks like from the side-



The support is plywood, which is painstakingly beveled any fit together into kind of a flat topped pyramid. This is probably the hardest part... I then prime it, and paint it with acrylics. I am new to painting, so excuse the somewhat sloppy appearance- I'm working on it!!

I would enjoy any C & C that anyone has- I hope you are able to envision this from the pics, like I said, it has to be seen... It is a fun peice!!

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Old 01-05-2005, 05:50 PM
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Re: A painting with a twist...

Andrew, that is SOOOO COOOOOLLLL!!

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Old 01-05-2005, 06:02 PM
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Re: A painting with a twist...

That's pretty wild idea for a painting. I could see taking it 1 step further and adding some additional 3-d objects inside: cutouts of people maybe.

Looks good, though I'm wondering how are you going to display this? Hanging it on the wall seems tricky. Just setting it down on a table doesn't seem like enough. I'd build a nice wooden box to enclose the back, then set it someplace high like on a bookcase shelf. But what are your plans for it?
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Re: A painting with a twist...

That is pretty cool! It took me a minute to see what it was. What a neat idea!
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Re: A painting with a twist...

hahah...that is wild, what a great idea. A little bit of optical trickery eh...great stuff...


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Re: A painting with a twist...

Outta sight How did you do this? I've never seen anything like it. it's fabulous, I love it. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Re: A painting with a twist...

Now THAT is great!!!

You should do one for the Tsunami Project..
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Re: A painting with a twist...

A really unique idea for a painting. It looks to me like forced perspective. Disneyland has used this concept to build their facades and make you feel things were larger than they really are. I could see a whole series of these. Any plans on taking this further?
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Re: A painting with a twist...

Waaaay kewl, Andrew!!!! Thanks for sharing this bit of fun with us!!!! The perspective is amazing...
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Re: A painting with a twist...

This is brilliant...........I love optical illusions ever since doing my psyhc degree..... and you've already tricked someone into thinking theres an inside well I dont THINK there is......... you have painted the outside of the pyramid, yes ?? Or have you tricked me too ?
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Re: A painting with a twist...

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This is brilliant...........I love optical illusions ever since doing my psyhc degree..... and you've already tricked someone into thinking theres an inside well I dont THINK there is......... you have painted the outside of the pyramid, yes ?? Or have you tricked me too ?

Blush... I've been tricked! I didn't see it until you just said so, and I still have to look very hard to see it as a pyramid.

Andrew, I'm still curious: will it be mounted on the wall or do you have something else in mind?
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Re: A painting with a twist...

Thoroughly impressed by this. I saw this just before I went horse riding and didn't have time to comment. I was so intrigued by it that I thought about it during my ride. This is kind of a no-no as a horse will play on any lack of concentration (fortunately he was good).

Any way I have digressed. And it just requires the following....

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Re: A painting with a twist...

Heh! This is awesome!

When you wrote, "step to the left..." I was looking at the picture, thinking, does he mean "to the right?" and when I read "step to the right" I thought, "does he mean, "to the left?""

Then I saw the last picture, with it in your hands... confusion for a second or two, then SNAP! It's the outside of a pyramid! Wow. cool.

I think this might actually work better posted in a forum like this one than it does in real life, because in the digital photos it's less obvious what's going on. In real life. Unless you restrict the view in some way -- maybe (let it be viewed only through a slit in an illuminated box containing the whole thing, the slit allowing just enough freedom of viewpoint to get that weird wrong perspective thing happening but not so much freedom that the pyramid shape is obvious., or something.

The only C&C I have is you need to be careful that the horizon lines out all the windows line up for continuity, and the things (trees) out the windows need to be painted extra wide so the foreshortening compresses them to "normal" (while the painting on the wall can be painted more "normally," as it's supposed to get foreshortened. Right now, what's out the windows appears to be painted onto the windowpanes, rather than outside the window.

Also, (If you want to go crazy with details) the brushwork at the narrow end of the pyramid should be a little bit extra fine compared to the brushwork at the wide end, which should be "cruder" since in a flat painting, these should be about the same level of fineness, but the pyramid will bring the "far" end of the room up close and make the near end far off, which will make the fineness of the brush work appear to differ, and maybe give away true perspective cues when you're trying to give false perspective cues. Depending on viewing distance. The greater the normal viewing distance, the less discrepancy there will be between the apparent fineness of brushwork in the near and far ends of the pyramid. On second look, maybe you're already doing this a bit. This thing is cool!

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Re: A painting with a twist...

I was thinking it wouldnt be too hard to make one of these from plywood or similar by joining 5 pieces together (after painting), in fact this way it could be painted on the inside or outside or both. The difficulty of course would be the bevelled edge required to have the sides join neatly. As Stephen said, works brilliantly on the screen, because its so hard to tell its a 3D shape, coupled to the fact that we all assume a painting to be flat. Tis a neat idea..

I wonder what a half sphere would look like on the screen, a fisheye lens painting probably..LOL

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Re: A painting with a twist...

that is one cool toy!!!!!!!!!

wonder if one could be fashioned out of cardboard. Love it.
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