Trompe o’leil – ” an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Forced perspective is a comparable illusion in architecture. “
Years ago, my friend Xavier Cevallos walked into my studio and stated, “I can never tell what’s real and what’s painted! I’m always afraid I’m going to step on something.” We were looking at a painting in progress, which was on the hand-painted floor – a painted illusion on top of another illusion.
Just recently my friend Dady Quadrado expressed a statement that made me laugh – yet it also made me more sensitive to the subject matter that’s painted. She did not want to sit on a sofa in Cafe Palo Santo because I had painted a little gecko near the top of a big logo painted on the space behind the sofa.
She explained, “I know it’s paint, but it looks so real that I am scared that it might drop off and fall on me!”
“Counting prayers while fingering beads is a universal use. The idea behind this lies in the nature of repetition that soothes like a lullaby. It is calming and introspective.” – Manuela Dunn Mascetti
Presently I’m visiting friends in Costa Rica and volunteered to re-work a design that was painted on the guest-house kitchen counter. They have decided to put part of their property on the market, and this guest house is part of that parcel. The counter deserved some attention!
My plans were to ‘patch’ the stained and damaged areas, but while scrubbing, sanding, then filling in the lost areas with splotches of white paint, I was inspired with new ideas. One problem with the previous design was that it was unforgiving and showed all stains and wear. There are now more options for protecting the surface, so the new work should last a very long time.
When Marie finished her other work and walked down to see how I was doing, I presented the “new idea. ” She wondered if it would consume too much time, but we decided to do a sample. She watched as I
mixed dumped red, blue and yellow to the white already in the container and eventually hit a color that matched the hues of the ceramic floor…