Camouflage is one of the many exciting aspects that sets apart the pictorial art of this artist.
Whether it’s animals, human figures, or entire landscapes, she knows how to skillfully conceal these elements in her creations.
Imagine a winter landscape, with its white blanket and bare trees.
In the middle, a solitary fox catches the eye. Yet, our assurance that this creature is the sole occupant of the scene could be shaken.
That’s the magic of art: well-kept secrets. Immortal works like those of Leonardo da Vinci or Pablo Picasso continue to evoke varied interpretations, even after decades.
A bolder brushstroke, a subtly hidden form in a complex canvas—mystery and surprise are fundamental elements of the artistic labyrinth.
While some believe these mysteries are intentionally left fragments by artists to spice up interpretations by their admirers, others think these details were painted unconsciously, without imagining that their work would continue to fuel debates centuries later.
Yet, there are artists who specialize in the art of camouflage, hiding parts of their work or elements of their creations to provoke wonder and amazement from the audience.
One such artist is Bev Doolittle, an American who subtly painted the life of indigenous peoples in her watercolors.
Now 75 years old, Bev, accompanied by her husband Jay Doolittle, has traveled the nation in their nomadic vehicle, a camper.
A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, she drew inspiration from the impressive landscapes and enriching wildlife of the Southwest.
While traveling, Bev refined and developed her style.
She not only took interest in the fauna and flora of the places visited but also in the stories that the natives had to share.
Bev classifies her art as a “camouflage technique.” Depending on the angle or how viewers look at her works, they can discover different versions of the same painting.
The highlighted work, titled “Encounter with Nature,” uses camouflage as an artistic tool.
According to Bev, it is the result of an attempt to deconstruct conventional “composition rules.”
The painting unfolds in a snowy and lively landscape, reflecting the surrounding scenery.
The splendor of the drawing also provided her with the opportunity to push the limits of the conventionally accepted space that governs a well-designed artwork.
Once you grasp Bev Doolittle’s purpose with “Encounter with Nature,” the challenge we pose to you will seem less complex.
We invite you to estimate, as quickly as possible, the number of riders present in the image.
Keep in mind that Bev masters the “art of camouflage” marvelously.
To solve this challenge, carefully examine the image displayed at the top of the site, the one that appeared at the beginning of our article.
Look closely at this snowy American landscape and try to spot the concealed riders.
The visual blend of white and brown can blur perception and make the game more challenging.
For those with keen eyesight, finding the fox in the center shouldn’t be too difficult.
So, is your vision worth millions or just a few cents?
Once you’ve guessed the number of riders, feel free to ask your friends, family, or acquaintances to verify your answer.
Bev Doolittle’s work may be a challenge to understand, but a good way to tackle it is to analyze it in conditions that suit you best.
The more we immerse ourselves in art, the more it begins to make sense in our reality.
Browse the quiz solution presented below, and find out if your intuition was correct.
If the solution you mentioned was 2 riders, congratulations, you nailed it.
If not, feel free to take on other challenges; we’ve set up a dedicated section entirely for that on our site.
The more you engage in it, the easier their resolution will seem to you.