I have always been a fan of optical illusions. In early 2011, I began working on an optical illusion art book project with puzzle writer Terry Stickels. Our efforts eventually led to the publication of the book titled The Art of the Illusion: Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind. The book features a foreword from renowned puzzle creator, computer game designer, and artist Scott Kim and showcases more than 200 of the finest deceptive images from around the world.
The cover of the book features a beautiful painting from Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves titled ‘Ladies of the Lake‘. The painting depicts a series of coniferous trees alongside a body of water. A reflection of the trees from the moon can be seen in the calm, mirror-like surface of the water. Within this reflection, a series of women holding lanterns appear to be emerging from the lake and walking ashore. The illusion is subtle enough that some people do not notice it right away. But as they look at the image a little closer, they realize that there is something curiously deceptive about it.
I have shown the book to a number of people who are not familiar with Gonsalves’ works. More often than not, the cover elicits the same two word response – “That’s cool.” Very cool indeed.