Art and Dreaming

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”  Vincent Van Gogh.

In his book Dream Tending: Awakening to the healing power of Dreams, Dr. Stephen Aizenstat writes that dream images are like characters in a story.  Dream images give meaning to our life’s story, just as characters in novels give meaning to the narrative.

“An artist is constantly looking into an object, stripping away what is superfluous, in order to see its innate beauty.  Even a careful look at the surface of an object reveals that which is lit up from the inside” (Aizenstat, p. 263).

“nothing can surpass the mystery of stillness” e e cummings

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— e e cummings
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from ’73 poems’, published posthumously in 1963.

Getting on by getting off ? Creative process as a path

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Starting something new is challenging.  I came across this quote by Michael Edwards, the late Jungian analyst, Professor and art therapist:

“Sometimes we know that we don’t stand a chance of getting into something until we have managed to get out of something else […] it is often finding the way in which sets new energies free.  A scary confrontation.  When entry into a creative situation feels daunting it is usually because we don’t know what gifts the unconscious will bring us.” (from Ornithology for the Birds, Insider Art (Publishing), 2010)

Maybe sometimes just knowing there’s a way out is what allows us to stay with creative process?

teachers, artists and horses. about learning to pay attention.

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Whats the connection between horses, teachers and artists?  Creatively foraging and found Artist Bruce Nauman sharing his thoughts on You Tube.  One interesting point he makes is that good teachers get right to the difficult spots, just like good artists go right to the difficult parts in whatever medium they work in.

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