Imagination Tool: Full Size


imagination stimulator: full size



Instructions                 Origin of the Image




Study this image from all sides. Let your imagination be stimulated by the vague suggestive darks and lights.

    Keep turning and studying the image until you can "see" something there.   Perhaps the entire image or just a small piece of it suggests something to you. The image may excite your imagination about what might be beyond the frame of the image itself.

    What arises in your imagination may be a likeness of a thing, a creature, a person or a place in the world or it might be something entirely new such as a fantasy or a non-objective design. It might suggest fragments of many things.

    Once you "see" it, sketch with paint, charcoal or pencil or make a record of it using image processing or graphics software. No matter which medium you use, use whatever colors you need to make it possible for others to see what you "see" in the original image.


Origin of the Image

I found this image in 1973. It was on a discarded sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper in the garbage can next to the ditto machine in the faculty room of the high school where I was working as a media technician.

    I thought it might make good collage material so I saved it. Later, I xeroxed it when I noticed that the ditto ink was beginning to fade.

I never have used it in a collage but I have presented it as an opportunity, a challenge and a class project to my college painting students several times in the past 15 years. The results are always amazing, personal and unique.

I hope you can have some fun with it.


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