Have you ever had a dream of painting? This happens to me all the time. I dream of a painting and then when I wake up I try to replicate it.
Here I am trying to capture the experience in a video. I imagine that the canvas is a pillow on which I fall asleep. The dream of painting spills on the vast white space in a dazzling multi-color splendor. When I wake up I an surprised by what I see before my eyes.
Music By JoJo Zawawi – used with permission by the artist
Here are some words that JoJo used to describe herself: I’m a Classical & Jazz Pianist ! And some Flamenco, too ! I began playing piano when I was 18 months old. I never learned to read music (working on that now !), but have been composing music all my life. Mainly I improvise everything live (although I do have a huge box of stuff I’ve previously written, and I’m always writing more !).
The track in this video is called “From Night to Morning”
In this video I wanted to capture the dream like quality of painting. Images pop into my head from nowhere and the work seems to paint itself by forces beyond my control. Dream of a painting is the best type of a painting there is. Sometimes when I feel blocked, not able to finish a painting. I just have a good sleep and the next morning everything flows again. This painting in particular seemed whimsical. I call this painting the Storyteller because every painting tells a story.
View my other paintings here .
Watching others in the act of creation makes me want to pick up my brush and re-imagine the world with it.
Here is the end product in it’s full glory. I call this painting “Storyteller”
What it feels like to tell a story? It’s a state that is hard to describe. Sits somewhere between dreaming and running. Here is a painting where I tried to capture it. Storyteller Painting.
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 24 inches
Here are the phases of a dream of painting.
Some basic background color begins to appear.
Some interesting forms appear.
A figure emerges out of the folds of the canvas.
The painting is complete and paint has been splattered on my face.
Never say that sleeping is a waste of time. Lots get accomplished while forging around in dream land.