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Wednesday, January 05, 2011


I've always said that it's just a question of letting my conscious mind talk to my unconscious mind. Often, that can take weeks, months, even years. Recently though, I found myself considering entering a show entitled 'Flying Colours'. And then, I let the idea go, consciously, as I couldn't think of an idea. This past week, though, I've been dreaming about a particular idea; clearly my unconscious mind is a lot savvier than my conscious. Not only did it show me what a completed piece might look like, it has been considering the process of developing the piece, what size it might be, how it might look, different ways of gaining a particular effect. All this over a series of dreams, with me waking occasionally, thinking about it and going back to sleep, to take up the dream again where I left off. I've often dreamed in this way, but never about art. I think I'm going to take the hint, and get on with it. It would be churlish not to! Besides, it looks to me to be a good idea. I like it. It's even consistent with what I've been doing, an extension of some of the mixed media work I've made over the past couple of years. I'm stunned.

Now, all I have to do is get to work. That's for tomorrow; I'm recovering from a virus, and I know that if I rush out and overdo things, I'll run the risk of relapsing. I can, however, go out and check the paint stores... and this afternoon, I think I'll go sit and quilt.

How about you? Have you got back into creative work this year already? If not, what would give you a kick start? Or just a gentle nudge? Got it? What are you waiting for?


smarcoux said...

Marion when you say dreaming do you mean actually dreaming ..

I dream in colour or better still i see colours that are kinda swirling and go well together and think ohh that would be lovely.

HOpe you had a great time up in scotland and that the family is all well.

I have been busy busy with felting handbags see my blog ... trying to do one or two a day after work !!! not at all ambitious LOL
take care.

marion said...

Hi, Sandy.
Yes, really dreaming... sound asleep. I don't usually remember my dreams, but this has been developing over several days. It's a bit like my mind realises my body isn't up to playing at the moment, so is doing the planning in advance!

I'll go check out the handbags, sounds good. Don't get too ambitious, or you'll have to give up the day job :-))

Sixsisters said...

I use daydreaming this way. I often daydream about
a piece I am working on. I love it when I can do it.
It is comforting in a way I can't explain.
Hope you are feeling better. Nasty bugs out there.

Myfanwy said...

Can't wait to see your dream in action.
Glad you are on the mend, and you can stop whispering now, LOL

LauraX said...

feels like a dream....a very active the colors and awakened life...full of both.