Savoring the Dream
March 28, 2012
Last night I received a phone call from the director of the annual juried show at the local arts center, where I have submitted three of my paintings for inclusion in the show. On the application I had listed the dimensions of the paintings as 8x8x2, but I must have forgotten to say that this was in inches, not feet. The show director wanted to clarify that I did indeed mean inches, as the show’s size limits are something like 48 inches. We shared a little laugh, because she already had a pretty good idea what I meant, but wanted to make absolutely sure. The CDs and slides were being reviewed by the juror as we spoke.
Then last night I had the most amazing dream. It was vivid in every detail. I woke up thinking about it again early this morning.
We had just bought the biggest house I’ve ever been in. The dream house had a big curved staircase that led to a large loft flanked by a wall of windows on the north side of the house, creating an amazing amount of light. This loft was furnished for entertaining, but I was telling my husband that this would be a perfect place to paint, that I would put drop cloths over the furniture and set up my painting studio right there. I could picture myself creating these amazing paintings and in my dream I could see some of them in great detail.
Further, I told him how I was planning to bring in a professional photographer and put together a portfolio for galleries of the new series I had in mind – all eight foot paintings!
It wasn’t until I went through the dream again in my mind that I realized where the idea had originated. Don’t you love how dreams sometimes happen?
I’ve felt really positive about this dream all day. I have no illusions about doing eight foot paintings, but still love working on a relatively large scale. I wonder if it will jump start a new painting series or spark some kind of renewed effort to get into some new galleries. So far, the feeling lingers. I want to savor it for a little while longer.
The image shown above is a piece of an original painting, digitally enhanced. It is an example of the types of paintings that I saw in my dream.