Wood Grass

Wood Grass

Most of my work has an organic feel and look to it. While I’ve dappled in drawing and paint, recently I’ve found significance in my doodles that litter my notebooks and random scrap papers. I go in stages of drawing rigid shapes to flowing lines. Lately my doodles turn into flowers and vines and trees with abstract appendages. I guess even digitally my mind wanders to earthen familiarity. Above is yet another abstract creation of mine as I experiment with digital art. The dark shape in the center is made of a mirrored image. It looked like a log to me, and as I tried several ways to create a wooded scene around it, I kept coming back to just that one simple shape. But it needed more, so I added a bit of the grass-like thing in the foreground, and then because the whole picture still felt empty, I added an enlarged shadow replica to the background to fill the white space. I like symmetry and balance in my work, and as that’s a regular occurrance in nature, I thought it fitting.

This image is titled “Wood Grass.”

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Dream Journey: the first step

Dreams have always fascinated me. They are a glimpse into the subconscious and the imagination. They are emotions playing out in fantastical realms and shapeshifting environments. No matter what ridiculous plot dreams have, they feel so real and charged and yet we wake with just vague memories or spend the day dealing with unshakable emotions.

I tend to have extremely vivid and detailed dreams. I’m not sure if that’s because I also tend to have an overactive imagination, or if it’s because I’m a really heavy sleeper and a pro at falling into a deep sleep within minutes. I’ve kept a dream journal for several years now, but I don’t keep as regular a record as I should. Now, I’ve begun keeping better track of my dreams, as that’s an important first step in one of the strangest (and most thrilling) goals in my life: to become a regular lucid dreamer.

The first time I was lucid in a dream, my house and family were being attacked, and as I watched someone being beaten with a club I realized I was in a dream, and I thought to myself, “If I get caught, will it actually hurt to be hit?” It was a terrifying notion that felt unbelievably real, but luckily I snapped back into my unaware dreaming self and escaped a beating. Since then, I’ve wished to become lucid again many times, and most anyone who knows me knows how much I like to talk about dreaming, and how much I want to master dream control.

So, here’s the beginning of my dream journey, the first step to master lucidity: putting together a plan (and forcing myself to be accountable in a public space). Throughout my endeavors, I will share my progress, my experiments, my trials and successes–and maybe even some of my less twisted dreams. Wish me luck!

1. Record dreams daily

2. Start doing reality checks

3. Study dream patterns and learn to recognize dreamscapes

4. Try WBTB (Wake Back to Bed) technique

5. Try MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming) technique

6.  Try WILD (Wake Initiated Lucid Dream) technique

7. Try new things in dreams and work on prolonging lucidity