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Outside In. by Thea T

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This image was untitled for a long time but I have finally come up with a name for it….‘Outside In’ :)

Inspired by my love of nature… bringing the outside, inside.

Winner of the Surreal Corvids Challenge, in the ‘Raven Heart’ group, September 2011.

acrylic on canvas board (1996)


bedroom, bird, cat, distorted, fish, ocean, sky, surreal, woman


  • RaraAvis
    RaraAvisabout 4 years ago

    This is like a dream. I didn’t see the fish at first or that perhaps she’s a mermaid. Wonderful!

  • Thankyou!!… From memory, this was inspired by Max’s bedroom from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (one of my fave childhood books)…also I hadn’t considered the mermaid possibility, but I like it!! There could easily be a fishy tale submerged in there :-)

    – Thea T

  • RaraAvis
    RaraAvisabout 4 years ago

    I love that book! I never saw the movie because I didn’t want to spoil my memories of it.
    I thought for sure that was a tail hanging over the edge and submerged in the water. :)
    Either way it’s a beautiful piece that I love looking at.

  • I haven’t seen the movie either. I heard mixed reviews which put me off a bit…maybe one day. And thanks for your kind comments as always :-)

    – Thea T

  • lilynoelle
    lilynoellealmost 4 years ago

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    Great image…fabulous work….I remember the book as well…blessings Ellanita

  • JohannaSteele
    JohannaSteeleover 3 years ago

    looks like your character has a phobia or is going through withdrawal.

  • That’s an interpretation that I hadn’t considered. Thanks for your input.

    – Thea T

  • steve2727
    steve2727over 3 years ago

    dark and beautiful!!

  • Thankyou Steve…much appreciated!! :)

    – Thea T

  • Slim3057
    Slim3057over 3 years ago

    Delightfully dark!

  • Thankyou!!…and welcome to the Bubble :)

    – Thea T

  • Sandra Guzman
    Sandra Guzmanover 3 years ago

    Interesting portrait of loneliness…I feel this very thing.

  • Thanks Sandra… although I don’t think of her as particularly lonley because she is surrounded by animals/nature which she has manifested into her indoor space. Actually, I’m not even totally sure what it is about, lol, so I always like to hear other people’s impressions. All the best to you :)

    – Thea T

  • Ina Mar
    Ina Marover 3 years ago

    for me it’s a depiction of solitude as well, like for Sandra…

  • Hi Ina… I can see that now… & her hollow looking eyes probably add to that whole feeling. I was also experimenting with fish-eye photography at the time which transferred over into some of my paintings (hence the distortion), which I think give the sense that she’s in a kind of solitary bubble.
    Cheers, Thea :)

    – Thea T

  • Rebecca Tun
    Rebecca Tunover 3 years ago

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