What do you see in the photograph above? I see an owl staring back at me from the piece of wood. I found the weathered piece of wood on the beaches of Block Island, Rhode Island. I instantly saw an owl’s face when I gazed at it laying upon the sand. Seeing faces or shapes in clouds, wood or other objects is known as pareidolia. The dictionary defines pareidolia as:
|Pareidolia – The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features.|
I often find faces in rocks. A favorite of mine is pictured below. SPOOKY!!!!
If you have a few minutes to spare, and want to view more images, type pareidolia into google images.
Another place my husband and I often find strange pictures is on the underside of an oyster shell. I took our oyster shell musings a bit further when I painted the watercolor below. Do you see what I saw and tried to portray? Fun.
Watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord, Winsor and Newton Paints, Size 5 x 7