illusions of reality by shadowlea


Small (23.2" x 15.5")


Sizing Information

Small 23.2" x 15.5"
Medium 33.1" x 22.0"
Large 46.9" x 31.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”
— Voltaire

Many of us have heard of the saying that “Life is an illusion.” It is casually declared by many, and with such certainty I might add, as if to imply an understanding of reality. But what does the saying really mean? Is everything really an illusion or is it wishful thinking on the part of humans? Or is it because as T.S. Eliot says, “Humankind cannot bear very much reality,” that we cling to our illusions even if they contradict the obvious?

using bryce,poser and photoshop

Love art, have done some travelling, enjoy meeting people who have open minds and question the world they live in…..and their place in it….

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  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant, Irene! Hope you won’t forget to add this one to Cutting Edge!

    (It was Einstein who said, “Reality is an illusion — albeit, a persistent one.” I think like physicists today, he was referring to the nature of space, time and matter itself — composed of “what?” They still don’t know! Some say, “resonance.” Now they tell us, 90% of the Universe is dark matter/dark energy — they don’t know what those are, either! So yes, I imagine what we think we see and know is derived through our own perceptions — thus, “illusion.” I was struck by an analogy from another physicist on the Science Channel – don’t recall his name… he said, if the entire known spectrum of wavelengths was a strip of film it would stretch from San Diego nearly to the Arctic Circle up in Canada. The part that we can see would be ONE INCH somewhere in Seattle! That is mind boggling! As in your outstanding artwork, I guess our “monitors” are pretty small! lol
  • I like that saying, reality is constantly changing it seems as when I look at the same object or thought more than once I see or think of differently and so changing my reality of it, wish I could tap into the one tenth of my poor brain and figure it all out. I find it an intriguing subject and interesting hear to hear your view on this….thanks for your thoughts Nadya and have added this to your great group

    – shadowlea

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 3 years ago


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  • thanks Kira for this great honour, apprecaited

    – shadowlea

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 3 years ago

    Great work, Irene, both words and image

  • thank you very much tori for your compliment on this

    – shadowlea

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...almost 3 years ago

    Intriguing work and thoughts, Irene . . . well done!

  • thanking you very much for your thoughts and compliment Carol and Mike

    – shadowlea

  • Danilo Lejardi
    Danilo Lejardialmost 3 years ago

    Love this.

  • appreciate your saying so Danilo thank you very much

    – shadowlea

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic work !!

  • thank Raymond for the great compliment

    – shadowlea

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    great work

  • thank you Sylvia for your view and compliment

    – shadowlea

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshalmost 3 years ago

    In reality, I had never refused to face reality, and that then became my reality. That is, till it was time for me to do a “reality” check and find out what is reality.

  • wow, mind blowing reality twisting perspective on this and intriguing way of putting it thanks for your thoughts on this Ramesh, very much appreciated

    – shadowlea

  • Marc Grossberg
    Marc Grossbergalmost 3 years ago

    Or, as Robin Williams put it— "Reality! What a concept!!

  • thanks mordechai appreciate this this fabulous honour

    – shadowlea

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
  • will do

    – shadowlea

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