It was Just a Dream (dream of painting)


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 !).

You can hear her music on Soundcloud or read her writing at her blog.

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 .

I was inspired by the following youTubers
MaryDoodles and TheJustdoArt

Watching others in the act of creation makes me want to pick up my brush and re-imagine the world with it.

It was Just a Dream

Here is the end product in it’s full glory. I call this painting “Storyteller”

dream of 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.

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