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Man wraps plastic wrap around a tree for a mind-bending art illusion
This would certainly have neighbors doing a double take.
B.T. Swezey
05.18.21

Art seems to have no restraints.

A true artist is capable of turning anything and everything into a beautiful work of art.

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Pexels - Oleg Magni

However, the great thing about art is that anyone can do it–it’s not just limited to the folks who are talented and lucky enough to make their living doing it.

If you have an idea about something, give it a try.

You may just surprise yourself with how good it turns out.

And if it’s truly a unique idea, then no matter how it ends up, it will be the best of its kind.

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Pexels - Anna Shvets

One artist by the name of Howard Lee seems to enjoy creating art that toys with the imagination.

He shares his work on his Facebook page and other social media accounts.

There are plenty of three-dimensional drawings and paintings that get the mind turning.

But beyond that, Lee likes to trick the brain as well.

He seems to be a fan of optical illusion paintings that keep the mind guessing.

One of the most popular pieces that he does is his tree illusion art.

This is where he takes some plastic wrap, runs it around a tree trunk, and then paints on it.

Doesn’t sound like much of an illusion to you?

Well, Lee doesn’t just paint anything on the tree’s trunk, he actually paints the scene that is directly behind the tree, making you believe that you can see through it.

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YouTube - Howard Lee

In the video below, you can watch him paint two different trees.

The first one sits in front of a road and makes for a very cool effect.

As mentioned before, Lee starts his paintings by wrapping them up in plastic wrap.

He then paints the entire surface of it a neutral color.

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YouTube - Howard Lee

From there, the real work begins.

Lee starts to paint onto the plastic wrap, blending and creating colors that exist in the world around him.

He has to match the colors just right or the entire illusion fails.

YouTube - Howard Lee
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YouTube - Howard Lee

Although his color choices need to be spot-on, his brushstrokes don’t.

The less definite lines and shapes that the colors have, the better the illusion works.

He pushes and pulls his brush around the trunk, being sure to keep things blended and blurry.

By doing this, the painting is able to mimic its surroundings easier.

YouTube - Howard Lee
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YouTube - Howard Lee

The touch that really makes your brain work, is the ovals that he paints on the top and bottom of the plastic wrap.

These ovals are painted the same color as the tree trunk, which makes the trunk look like it’s floating.

Of course, this would be impossible in real life, but for just a second, your mind allows you to believe that what you are seeing is real.

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YouTube - Howard Lee

The illusion gets better when a car drives by in the background.

It approaches the tree from one side, hits the middle of the tree, disappears, and then reappears on the other side.

Although you know that it’s just a painting, it’s still very cool to see.

YouTube - Howard Lee
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YouTube - Howard Lee

Check out the video below to get a closer look at Howard Lee’s incredible tree illusion!

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By B.T. Swezey
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B.T. Swezey is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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