Faces showing emotions

The Portrait

 

Man points to a picture frame, empty but for a circle.
The Portrait. Painted on iPad in Procreate.

An oval in a rectangle. What could that be but a portrait?

Well, it could be… But no. It’s a portrait. A portrait of whoever you like, expressing whatever emotion you choose.

To let you into a secret, the above incitement to pareidolia (seeing faces everywhere) began as a filled scribble.

One of my favourite occupations is dragging the Current Colour circle in Procreate digital painting app on my iPad to fill a closed shape I’ve just scribbled. I’m sure the excellent Procreate User’s Guide must mention this addictive process somewhere, but I haven’t found it.

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Valerie Beeby

We used to say 'Seeing is believing'. Now it's more like 'Believing is seeing'. We see what we expect to see. Look again and who knows. Does it really match what's actually there? ...I've always been fascinated by how our minds work. As a writer and artist, I'm particularly interested in new research into how we perceive this extraordinary world we live in, where things are not always what they seem.

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