‘Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.’ Alan Watts.

17 Oct

Stories from my Sketchbook . . .

Have you ever had a go at one of those inkblot tests?  You know—when you stare at an inkblot and then have to describe what you see within in it . . .  a bat . . . or two people kissing . . . or monsters devouring the earth?  After this week I really hope I am never in a position where I have to do one of these tests for any medical or psychological reason because I am pretty sure I would fail dismally . . . 

One of my homework assignments for my ‘Imagining’ course this week was working with ink-blots.  ‘Oh what fun’—you might think.  ‘Simple’—you might think.  Splash a bit of ink on your page, blow it around a bit and then use your imagination to create some fantastic image.  Sigh.

Well, I now have pages and pages of ink blots (as well as ink spray up the kitchen walls, across the sink and even on the floor—a can of compressed air rather than a straw for the ‘blowing’ seemed such a good idea at the time) but, alas, not much else to show you.   My fellow classmates produced some of the most elaborate, astounding, fanciful (and one or two slightly disturbing) images I have ever seen.  Me?  Mostly all I saw was inkblots.

This using-your-imagination lark makes my head ache . . .


Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Uncategorized


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7 responses to “‘Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.’ Alan Watts.

  1. Judy

    October 31, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Mine always looked like butterflies……


    • sallyinthehaven

      October 31, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Bless. You must be a much nicer person than I am . . .


  2. stevetalbot51

    October 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    And now it’s happened again 😦


    • sallyinthehaven

      October 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Something weird happening with the comments section. Pam told me the other day that she had commented on my last post but that never appeared either. Never mind – these things are sent to try us! 🙂


  3. stevetalbot51

    October 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Oh well, at least u know I mean it 🙂
    (First post didn’t appear until I did the second one !! )


  4. stevetalbot51

    October 18, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Looks rather striking to me Sal – nice work !!


  5. stevetalbot51

    October 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Looks very striking and effective to me, good work Sal !!

    Liked by 1 person


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