Before I started this study, I masked off a rectangular area to remain free of paint. My idea was to keep this as a window on a fantasy life. I proceeded to layer the composition outside the white space, sponging off some areas to lighten them, and drawing lines with my dip pen.
I had envisioned painting a realistic eye within the box, but settled on a cartoonish one instead. I painted many eyelashes (reminding me of the rays of the rising sun of the old Japanese flag), instead of the usual three eyelashes of the iconic eye that I developed.
A first glance at the this composition does not disclose my original intent. It looks more like the frightened square eye of some kind of sea creature than a contemplation of another realm. Only if one can imagine the eye as separate from its background does one notice that the rectilinear outline may be a window. Given this interpretation of the rectangle, the next question is: Does the eye look out or in?