"A painting is a visual history of all the tiny decisions, many totally subconscious, that coalesce into what we call a painting."
However, irony, the standard workhorse for art humor poses multiple challenges to the practitioner.
Because sight is not vision, enigmatic symbols of fancy orientalism used as fantasy-like figures are real odalisques.
Nowdays bookplates are constantly exposed to stressors. Intereting ex-libris want to escape reality. Reality is a subclass of imagination.
Art-directed perception is crucial to face the ever-changing environment, and in some situations, it may be crucial to be able to change the way wood nymphs think and dream.
Ingres : Orientalism unsolved mystery
Art stems from a distortion of perception and expression of reality. That's for crazy artists. Good art is craziness. Enigmatic look is higher mysterious power. Figure drawing without thought is art lost and thought without drawing is perilous.
You perceive it as if you are looking at reality and not at a art picture Imagination.
Paradox number three is that art objects are not to be merely aesthetically appreciated for their own sake, given their world-transforming capacity. No action is too small.
Perception is everything, image is everything.
Images are not just passive entities that coexist with their human hosts, any more than the microorganisms that dwell in our intestines. They change the way we think and dream. They refunction our memories and imaginations, bringing new criteria and new desires into the world.
Henri Matisse, Perception is reality
In visual perception, odalisques are never seen as they really are, as they physically are.
Eugène Delacroix, Interaction of colors