Have you had some strange dreams recently? According to an article in the LA Times you're not alone. Our brains use sleep as a way of processing information, just as the gut does so with food. Big changes in routine and extreme events often stir up dream recall in this way. For those whose work schedule has changed, enabling a full nights sleep, more time in bed may also be allowing for more dreaming to occur. Being sleep deprived due to overworking can reduce the length of REM cycles, the state we enter while we dream.
In my more whimsical moments I get a strange feeling that creating the first painting in the Metanoia series was like opening up a portal to another dimension. This was only my 3rd ever oil painting and a step back into semi-abstraction after completing 'The Inscending Spiral' series, a deep dive into the workings of my subconscious mind. ⠀
Moving into this new series, entitled 'Metanoia', I somehow started dredging up visions out of the darkness of my mind that felt unknown to me. I didn't really know what I was painting when I created this, but I think my subconscious definitely...
Picasso was a womanizer. Pollock was a drunk. Van Gogh died alone and penniless. Warhol was obsessed with fame. Great artists? Of course. But they were never role models to aspire to. Not for me anyway. Looking at how they lived, beyond the canvas, left me confused and uncertain of what it was I needed to do and be, for me to make it as an artist.
My art school tutors may have given me the much needed freedom to express myself, but that wasn't nearly enough to help me become the artist I am today....
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