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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Trompe l'oeil

Trompe l'oeil is a style of painting which is meant to deceive the eye. Translated literally, it means fool the eye - (tromper - to deceive, le - the, and oeil - eye)

It has always been interesting to try out other styles. When my friend and her husband took me on a tour to Whistler, we chanced upon several galleries to view what was showing in them. Two paintings really caught my attention. If I remember correctly, the dimensions were approximately 4' X 5'. One was that of a crumpled paper, the other, of satin. Too bad I couldn't remember the name of the artist anymore. I couldn't get my eyes off those paintings and I promised myself I was going to do something similar until I get the same effect. Well, I did get to paint a crumpled paper but I am not yet satisfied. It may take some time before I can get the effect I really want to achieve. Practice makes perfect. In the meantime, this one will do. I call it Tabula Rasa no more! Hope you like it just the same.

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Blogger VICKY said...

Crumpled paper- i normally crumple a paper with writings on it, not a blank paper. Maybe you will add a dimension if there are some characters drawn or written on a paper- maybe a crumpled love letter or a letter from a bank demanding payment with the logo of e.g. PNB...
just a thought. have you been to that art gallery in Tam-Awan in Baguio City- they feature different artists there or even at the Baguio Country Club. Good luck to your works of arts.

6:53 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Vicky I'm just experimenting with this style. I don't even know if I will continue after I've achieved my goal. But yes, adding something written on it would add more dimension.

NO, I have not been to any gallery up in Baguio. Would this be the place built by Ben Cab? I've always wanted to attend a seminar there.


5:50 AM  
Blogger cbs said...

from my desktop, it looked more like a crumpled sheet of aluminum, as if painted by frank gehry himself if he ever paints at all. based on this and your other paintings, i can tell botong's strong influence on your style without being derivative. man, you are good!

1:02 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

hi tito rolly! just wishing you a happy father's day!! how do you even find the time to paint and teach and blog?!

in any case, this is a great start!
you may also want to experiment w/ a transferred image on the crumpled paper for a nice, subtle effect. but good luck on your goal!

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I love this excercise and the effect that you've achieved. I liked Vickey's suggestion. That would be fun.

I really don't care what you paint just as long as you keep on painting and sharing those with us.


5:22 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

cbs Yes, I do admire Botong and have been looking at too many of hisaintings so much that it probably rubbed off. My other influences are Cesar Legaspi and Manansala.

Kat Thank you. And happy father's day to your hubs, too. It's all about time management but that is not as easy as that sounds.

5:26 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Arlene I'm glad you liked it. I may still have a few tricks up my sleeve. Taht is if I can pull it off. I already know what to paint next.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Rey A said...

hi Tito Rolly,
I know it's been quite a while but welcome back from your sojourn and Happy Father's Day!
I liked your painting but the color you used seems like you're still tentative. Hey, why don't you do a series: a blank paper, then with bright color painting on it, then crumpled version like you were not satisfied with the result :) just thinking out loud...I wish I could paint like you do...cheers

12:09 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Rey Thank you. I know what you mean about the colors used being tentative. The play of blue and brown. I don't know how it happened but it came out strong in the picture. It's subtler in the original painting. Anyway, this is just an experiment if I can achieve the effect I want. Maybe a few more attempts and I will get it right! hehe

6:57 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

you should make a series then we can think of doing a one man show. who knows, perhaps you can be a full time artist and a part time teacher.

3:40 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

tktkmBatjay Matagal ko nang pinangarap makapag one man show kaya lang mahirap mag-ipon ng painting at ng pera pang frame hehe

Di bale, pag nakatapos na si bunso ko, magreretire na ko at magfu-full time artist na ko. Kaya yung ngayon, practice hehe

6:37 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

bigla ko kasing naisip, pwede kang gumawa ng crumpled paper series. ang ganda siguro noon pag nangyari.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

I'm happy and honored to be friends with an art master like Tito Rolly. :)

8:15 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Batjay sana nga. sarap sigurong mag one man show. pangarap lang muna hehe

Doc Emer That's one helluva compliment. Mas bilib ako sayo syempre. You save lives.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous paolo said...

tito rolly, really really cool painting. we discussed this particular type of art in hoa2 (history of architecture) but that was mainly for the walls/ceilings of churches/ grand palaces of a particular place and century... never really thought it's still alive today... pwede rin pala sa normal canvas... gud luck on you rnext projects...

7:39 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Paolo Nice to see you here in my blog.

Actually, trompe l'oeil works best with murals. The viewer is led to believe that something is what it really is not. My painting is just a practice and it's not even successful yet. :-)

7:57 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

hay nako tito rolls.. masyado ka na magaling!

1:25 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Tanya Naku malayo pa. Kung makita mo yung mga trabaho ng mga kaibigan ko, makikita mo, ang gaganda. Kaya nga panay pa rin ang practice ko e. Pero, thank you for your kind words.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Wow, Tito Rolly! I really, really like this one. Tell me when you are going to do and one-man show and please tell me in advance so I can save enough to buy something like this (I like to see crumpled paper with a pencil beside it ... that would be like a scene from my desk, ha ha!).

10:48 PM  
Blogger ting-aling said...

i'm back but not with a vengeance yet...

I'm looking forward to seeing the satin one.

2:42 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Bugsy You can bet you'll know when I'm going to have a one man show. Kaya lang baka matagal pa yun. Hirap makaipon ng painting at ng pera pang-frame e. hehe

ting It's good to know you're up and about. Hindi ko na siguro gagawin yung satin. Sobra na yun hehe

6:45 PM  

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