Painting a Dream

Introduction: Painting a Dream

Apparently my previous version did not qualify as an intructable and was subsequently thrown out.
Back to the drawing board with version 2 and its appropriate steps

Step 1: Ingredients
a dream
sketch pad and pencil
plastic to cover and protect the floor and wall
triplex or multiplex to paint on
gesso to ground the triplex/multiplex
acrylic paint
rollers and brushed
tray to mix colors
varnish for the painting
optional camcorder or camera

Step 2 Preparation
First you need a dream.
Place your notepad/sketch book next to your bed with pencil at arms reach (you don't want to stand up and search for anything in a half wake/sleep state)
Go to sleep and see your dream about  art (if you wake up  and have not seen a relevant dream repeat this step as long as it takes.)
Quickly sketch the dream and make a few notes. Avoid thinking and focus only on getting the information on paper.
Go back to sleep.

Step 3 Preparation of the painting
Get your plastic pinned up on the wall and floor so that your paint does not mess up your house and carpet.
Fix the triplex/multiplex to the wall and ground the material with gesso. Let it dry overnight and sandpaper it with 120 grit and give it another thin layer of gesso. You may also use other carrier such as stretched canvas, but I would advice make it large. (dreams are big)

Step 4 Start painting
Use your sketch and notes from your dream  and get the main lines of your painting set out. In this process use lots of water in your paint so that you can sketch the positions in. You may want to divert slightly from the dream, after all painting is a cooperation between your wishes and the natural laws of gravity, adhesion of paint, viscosity and your physical movements.

Step 5 middel
Once you are satisfied with the positions of your lines start using acrylc medium and thicker paint and mix the colors on your pallet and painting. Let the painting come too life. You will know when you are approaching the end once all the pieces have come together. If you are not sure, cover the painting with a cloth and leave it for a week with out looking at it. Your first fresh glance will tell you exactly what needs to be fixed. If you don't have time to let the painting rest, call in a fellow artist to help you asses the painting.

Step 6 the ending
A finished painting is not finished until you have applied the blow of death and life. After staring at the painting for hours you will know what to do, and like a toreador in a bull ring, you get your brush and execute the final strokes.
This will bring the life into the painting, or if you have not exicuted it well you will have killed the painting and you are back to step 5

Extra steps;
you can record the steps of your painting with a camcorder or camera on a tripod

In this video you will follow how a painting is made up using many layers of paint. I have applied acrylic paint with paint rollers and brushes on a triplex panel. I took my inspriration from a photograph from a dream and it took me several weeks to complete the painting.
For more information on the art process follow my blog

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    7 years ago

    Hello, I am glad that you want to participate in the Instructables community. Unfortunately, this does not qualify as an Instructable. However, this would make a great forum topic. Please post this in the forums.