I ask this question as I am quite often pleasantly surprised with what people find or see in my paintings. I am working on a new piece at the moment, and a very dear friend of mine was listing all the things she "saw" in my unfinished work. I love this as I quite often get to discover new aspects of my paintings that were not "intended" during the creation process. However, what if someone sees something that is totally unrelated to the work? Is it my place to correct them or inform them of what they have "misperceived"?
This can also be translated into everyday life, if a person has a differing perception on a situation, is it my place to believe their perception is incorrect because it differs to mine? Is there actually a reality or just differing interpretations? If we believed there was no reality, would we be more tolerant of peoples perceptions and "walk a mile in another's shoes" before judging them? If you think you are a realist, to whose reality are you basing your beliefs on?
Have a look at this painting, do you see a weeping women? I didn't, until a friend of mine pointed her out to me. Maybe she was meant to be there all the time, but I know I did NOT paint her into the canvas. She is not a reality because you may not be able to see her. What do you see?
Sydney based mixed media artist.