The Dream Drawing (Part Two)…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: grey, medium grey, light grey, pale grey, dark grey and dirty white.
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So then, Part Two:
Part One of this was yesterday’s post – click.

Yes dear reader, I did manage to do a drawing based on that ‘thing’ – that troublesome piece of scenery – oh, trying to draw those circles on that sticky wet paint grey floppy substrate in that dream!
That session of designing and fiddling with the geometry that I did in the cafe was very useful in marking the drawing out too; by the way, those tiny crumbs and the greasy smeared knife on the plate are evidence of a Belgian chocolate brownie – I usually have a brownie with my pot of green tea, each is a great sources of caffeine for boosting the mood and the creativity of the jaded artist late in the afternoon.
Having now finished the drawing I realise that it bears little or no similarity to the piece of plywood in the dream. The circles are in proportion and in their correct places, but I seem to have somehow slipped into ‘augmenting’ it, and ‘improving’ the composition – one can’t help it though, can one? You stand there with the pencil in your hand, and the thing moves about on the paper of its own volition, and it seems to do as it likes! Stupid pencil… Stupid hand!…
In the dream the whole thing was very flat… and wet, and grey, but yesterday for some reason I was sucked into making it look three-dimensional! They do look very round and hanging in the air, don’t they? Doh!… And I’ve no idea what those wispy-wispy things around the edges are – perhaps they are pieces of remaining floating ‘dream fabric’…
Dave, what the hell is ‘dream fabric’?… Ha!…

Anyway, here it is, as promised. I’m pretty pleased that I actually managed to create something for you to look at; the afternoon could easily have gone badly, with noisy expletives and tantrums, and the thing could have ended up ripped to bits in my waste bin.
It is done in two or three grades of pencil on thickish white drawing paper about 25″ x 21″. Being pencil it is really all in rather bland shades of grey, but in this photo it has come out with just a little bit more contrast and doesn’t really look too bad.
No, but what an interesting project – doing a drawing in real life from a troubled image in a dream…
Hm… you know, I’m glad I made it look 3-D… It is pretty strange isn’t it? Can this be surrealism? It can if I say it can!…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to The Dream Drawing (Part Two)…

  1. Hmm, this looks quite interesting! In fact, if the outer circles were reduced in size, and the inner shape was made larger, it would be a very interesting (if rather mundane suggestion) design for a coffee table, or outside table for board games. You could put lights around it for evening use. The dream fabric could lay artfully around, but also raised up in a tent like idea for privacy. Little gaming pods…..for pod people. Hmm, time for some coffee I think. 😀

  2. memadtwo says:

    Circles have endless variations…these have decided to be a mandala. Are you meditating?

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