Tuesday, August 09, 2011
floors & illusions

The wonderful Pat, from Past Imperfect, asked me if George Ehling ever tiled any floors....And indeed, he did and does! This floor is in what they call "The Dungeon"---an area that was under the house that was nothing, which George dug out, tiled, and turned into am actual living space....... A closer look, above......I actually had posted about this floor over a year ago, but truthfully, I posted so many different areas of George & Ivenia's house, that it wouldn't surprise me that people don't remember any of them....And one more view---even a bit closer, below....... You can see, in both the previous pictures, that the round green pieces have dimension because they are made of glass, and in fact, are bottle bottoms---all cut by George....And the center piece is also a glass bottle bottom, slightly bigger than the other ones that he used..... And an even closer look, above....You can see that the pieces surrounding that center piece are curved---again, material cut by George..... Above, another floor designed and executed by George....This one is outside on a rather large patio area near the Front Door.....As far as I can tell, George has tiled the floors, everywhere, inside and outside of the house.....Below, a closer look at more of the floor, as seen in the above photograph..... In this picture above, you can see that George has covered the entire floor---right up to the front door...And with many different designs--not just the "featured" one.....And here is where you begin to see the 'illusions'......?Depending on what your eyes do---it can look like some areas of the floor are actually raised---in other words, have a dimension they don't really have, at all.......Like those tile pieces surrounding the squares----they look raised, here and there, don't they? (the picture has a slight color enhancement so you can actually see the 'illusion' better.....) Another section above, of that same patio floor, further along the front of the house...And below, a closer look..... And below, again....more of the same floor, slightly to the left of where George was standing at the time I took these pictures---with more 'optical illusions'..... You really feel that these tiles are raised....That the floor is not flat---when you see it like this....But, indeed, it is all flat.....How George figures this all out---I haven't a clue. But he does.......And those little squares at the top of the picture---they seem to have dimension, too......Here below---other 'illusions'---all of these are on the walls of the house.....Above..... two walls that are in the front of the house with a staircase separating them.....I love these......! Above, a closer look at one part of the wall in front of the staircase.......AMAZING, isn't it? And below....another one of my favorite 'illusions'...... And below, I would have to say this is my very favorite illusion. I think it is dazzling and so 'artful'.....Bravo, George, Bravo! I love the colors he used in this one......!

There is another fantastic patio floor that I will show you next time.........

More To Come.......

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had this to say:

the whole thing is just so incredible.. it's what one would call "an artist using his whole house as a canvas"! just amazing. I wonder what it was that made him even begin doing it in the first place?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3:57:00 AM PDT 

Blogger Pat
had this to say:

Thanks so much Naomi. It really is amazing. It makes me want to walk barefoot on it - just to convince myself it really is flat. I do believe you of course. George is a wizard.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 4:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow, this man is amazingly talented. I fear I would be high stepping all over his house with those illusions. They really fool the eye.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:38:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

It just boggles the mind how he is able to "see" all this in his head and then to have the engineering know-how to cut and place all these tiles, not to mention the physical work involved as well! Oh my!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 12:51:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful floors.

I would imagine that the process of designing those intricate patterns is half the fun.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3:35:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Too pretty to walk on!!!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 6:04:00 PM PDT 

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The intricacy of the designs everywhere, makes me wonder how he finds time to do anything other than set tile!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 6:33:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Just got my computer back from being fixed and am catching up. These are amazing! George's work is beautiful. Thanks :-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 7:31:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, the whole house is amazing!
Each details are very artistic and George had much talent and much work to did them.
Thanks for your gorgeous photos!
Many hugs!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 8:33:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

oh, dear lady, another magnificent installment on a man of epic talent and his home of epic beauty! the enormity of his creativity boggles the mind, does it not - such vision and such dedication - and pure raw talent! i cannot say enough - and to you for introducing us to him and inspiring us with his story, many many thanks! have a beautiful remainder of your california day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 2:24:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Amazing does not even begin to cover it!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 8:59:00 PM PDT 

Blogger Mar
had this to say:

Absolutely fantastic!! Love the illusion...!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 1:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I remain in awe of this man's talent, Naomi. The floors are fabulous!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love the part that is the more open spirals with the green circles around it
that just makes me happy

back in the previous post - I just have to say, Glenn is really handsome
pass that on for me :)

Hope sends hugs

Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:27:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

This series of posts just gets better and better and more and more amazing!!

The guy should sell tickets to view some of this beautiul artwork, in fact he should make some individual pieces and hold an exhibition.

People just love all this kind of stuff, especially in California surely!! He would make a fortune in commissions.

I am so jealous, both of the house and his talent.


Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 6:47:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The artistry of his work is just incredible. The illusions are fascinating. Thanks to him for his creations and allowing you to share them here.

Friday, August 12, 2011 at 9:09:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I think George has the most amazing house EVER.

Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 10:57:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh gosh, just when I thought it couldn't get any better! How DEVINE!

Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 6:26:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh I LOVE these floors. How incredible is this man and also YOU for sharing him with the world like this. It is just so hard to contemplate how he has managed to do all of this work over all those years. Its is just incredible and beautiful. To see it up close would be unreal. Thanks Naomi. It is a very special living and functional piece of art isnt it?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 4:56:00 PM PDT 

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