Friday, 21 December 2012

The Feast of St.Custard's

We've talked a lot over the years of this blog about ordinary objects suddenly taking on human characteristics. You know the sort of thing: Adolf Hitler in your half eaten toast, Sarah Smart on the bloom of a peach, Andrew Mitchell out of a hastily discarded bicycle chain. Regular visitors to Unmitigated England will also recall that I can never remember the name for it. 'Para' something I think. Anyway, anyway (as Harry & Paul have it) I settled down to paint this year's Christmas Card, having not attempted one for six years or so. I carefully mixed my Designer's Gouache to a suitably custard-like consistency and applied my brush to the paper. All of a sudden my fingers twitched and this apparition appeared before me. Someone looking over my shoulder said "That's you that is". Merry Christmas Everybody!

PS If you want to see a Christmas pudding by a master, take a look at the 'currant' posting on James Russell's blog.


Philip Wilkinson said...

There is the word pareidolia, which means seeing significance in basically random objects or images (from the Greek eidolon, image and para, beside). But that is not just human faces, it could be other stuff, like seeing the map of Britain in a cornflake or the initial of one's beloved in a bit of apple peel.

So I think I'd stick to calling the human-face-in-a-Christmas-pud type thing anthropomorphism, and be done with it.

Blimey, too much Greek. I need a glass of retsina after that.

James Russell said...

Hope you're having fun - love the pudding!

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Vinogirl said...

Love it!
Happy New Year!

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