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|ABREAST OF THE COMPETITION: by Wayan; dreamed 2013/10/9, a dream about slighting yourself to appease others
A tall busty girl's younger, part-unicorn friend starts developing breasts at last--and makes boob jokes, mocking her own body to reassure her herdmate she's no competition...
|AIN'T EASY: by Wayan; 1990. Nondream digital Coyote dance poster.
As Red Emma said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution..."
|THE AIR BURUNDI PAINTINGS: by Wayan; 210K, 7 illus., 2007/1/20, a dream of art and courage
Weird paintings cover a hill town in Africa, demanding I paint them when I wake. Paintings on courage, flight... and defying tradition.
|ALICE MILLER MONSTER MESSAGES: by Wayan; 1998-9, digital improv-portrait of inner selves.
Writer Alice Miller tried painting her childhood monsters. I tried it her way and got a surprise message...
|ANIMATION TODAY: NO PEARLS, LOTSA SWINE: by Wayan; 1986/1/31, a nondream piece on animation
What makes so much animation all feel the same? Temptations inherent in the medium...
|ANSWERING JUNG: by Wayan; 2005/7/5, a dream parodying one of Jung's key dreams
After reading Jung's dreams, I have a counter-Jungian dream. So different from his! And mine has some pointed advice...
CAUTION: NUDE STATUES
|APPLY FOR PRIORITY: by Wayan; 2000/7/11, a dream about taking yourself seriously
While I was building the World Dream Bank, I dreamed a hacker told me some sites have secret, priority access from servers, and that I should apply...
|ART TAKES GUTS: by Wayan; ink, 11x14", 1982/12/26, a confessional doodle.
Why this site? Because if I'm around when you see my dream art, I feel like THIS...
|ARTSHOW IN A DREAM: by Wayan; 1983/6/28 & 9/18, a recurrent-dream poem on modern art's blind spots
Jaundiced dreams of an art show spell out just how deeply I reject the rules behind modern art...
|THE ASHE SISTERS: by Wayan; 2010/1/26, a dream portrait.
My two moms sell art fabrics designed by these grayish batwinged sisters whose new ad campaign pushes the edge...
CAUTION: ADS WITH NUDE BATS
|BANANA MOON: by Wayan; painting of dream figures, 1998, acrylic on wood, 36 x 48"
My figure-painting class here in San Francisco has a diverse student body, but not THIS diverse...
|BITTER JADE: by Wayan, 1983/4/8, a dream on change.
Why's Jade the bitter artist throw me at her happier, calmer daughter? Wait, is Jamie the new ME?
|BOX: by Wayan; 1991? Digital self-portrait as dreamer trapped on the Web.
So exactly how is posting all these dreams different from crawling naked inside your screen?.
|BOXES, or, THE THRILL OF DRAWING: by Wayan; 1999/10/20, nondream pencil drawing
In drawing class I was supposed to be studying perspective, but I went beyond the box...
|BRADBURY'S PLANET, AND MINE: by Wayan; 1994/1/12, a book review? Or a life review?
Bradbury's Mars was based on his life in Venice, California. What worlds grow out of my San Francisco?
|BURN HIS TREE: by Emily Joy; 2007/2/7; two linked nightmares on art
Malevolent artwork terrorizes my baby and me! What's to be done?...
|THE BUSINESSMAN IN ANGUISH: by Wayan; 1991/7/2. Digital dream painting.
I dreamed this was in our civic museum: a painting of the central dynamo of our world finally erupting...
|THE CAT: by David B.; 1991/9/24, an eerie sculpture come alive
I'm being stalked in the woods outside a modern art museum. My stalker's a huge skeletal cat--Giacometti's cat...
|CLIMB DOWN THE PINNACLES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, l995/12/24, a surreal dream and painting
Decision by decision, we made our way down immense rock crags. Below, I had to put out a deadly fire, a fire as solid as wood or stone, with a white staff. What am I really trying to calm?
|COCO CHANEL'S PUSSY: by Wayan; 2010/4/26; a film-pun-sex dream
Coco Chanel's fashion workers all want me to have (public) sex with Coco's cat, so she'll stop screwing them financially...
CAUTION: SEX KITTENS
|COYOTE INVADES ABSTRACTION: by Wayan; nondream digital painting, 1998.
Coyote invades an abstract painting and reveals why the art biz loves high-concept, impersonal art...
|CRISP: by Wayan; 1991? Digital poster on Web art.
Is digital Web blather any better than old-fashioned, live, analog blather?
|CRUMB: by Wayan; 1995/6/7; film review/essay on artistic integrity
Cartoonist Robert Crumb doesn't aim at taboos--he stalks his own feelings, ignoring rules! A learnable technique...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, CARTOON SEX
|DEADWOOD, or, MAO'S ONEIROLOGIST: by Wayan; 1976/4/2, a career-advisory dream-poem
Trapped in the Cultural Revolution, I can't reach the Himalayas. So I fly around the base of the Stairway to Heaven...
|DRACULA'S SANDWICH: by Brenda Ferrimani; 1997/8/22, a death/rebirth nightmare-painting
Dinner with Dracula goes well, considering, except for the mayonnaise. But suddenly I'm drowning! People don't see or hear me. Am I a ghost, am I dead or alive? And how would anyone notice?
|DREAMTALES: by Wayan; 1996-2006, a 250-page collection of dream comics
"I've always dreamed other lives. Other bodies. Other times. Other worlds. I draw my lives..."
|THE DREGS EFFECT: by Wayan; 1997/11/19, a waking insight on artists in therapy
Artists have their own strange culture, and we can unintentionally mislead therapists unfamiliar with us...
|EMISSARY: by Wayan; 2000/3/22, an astral dreamtale.
I signed a prenatal agreement for weird, uneven luck to turn my life toward art and spirit. I want to broaden it, but I've lost the contract! So my spirit wife Silky sets out to find it...
|EMOTIONAL PALETTE: by Wayan; 2000/3/22, an indescribable dream.
My spirit-wife and I spend our last evening together painting. Not with colors--with emotions...
|EYE AND I by Wayan; 1999/11/15, a drawing that shifts me into a new way of seeing
I met a colorblind artist with an amazing grayscale sense. He inspire me to draw a huge eye full of abstract shapes in gray, trying to see his way...
|FAMILY JESTERS: by Wayan; 2017/3/15, a dream mixing Kurt Vonnegut and My Little Pony
Coastal unicorns are elegant, but inland they're mostly bloated. Genes or diet? Not just individuals seem sick; society too. Small-town bosses turn the gracile minority into performing-arts pets! Jesters caged, chained & handicapped to heighten the wonder they can do their art at all...
CAUTION: TROUBLING SOCIAL ANALOGIES
|FIGURE AND FIELD: by Wayan; May 1990, a poem on the dark side of a human ability
We see patterns everywhere... but that also means we relegate nonpatterns to the background...
|FIGURE DRAWING: ALL MUST BE PRECISE: by Wayan; crayon, 1995/2/6, sketch of studio classmate
An elegant, sexy classmate of mine, a fastidious feline island in our sea of grubby manic sketchers...
|FIGURE DRAWING: AND AT ALL TIMES BE SERIOUS: by Wayan; 1995/3/6?, figure study.
She tried to find a pose so melodramatically goofy the sketchers couldn't take her seriously... but no.
CAUTION: ART-SCHOOL NUDITY
|FIGURE DRAWING: BIG SQUARE STUDIO: by Wayan; 1999/5/17; acrylic figure sketch
In life drawing class, the model built a sort of green island/nest in the sea of grubby students...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|FIGURE DRAWING: EAGER ARTIST: by Wayan; 1995/1/30, studio sketch.
Rather than draw the model, I often sketch my classmates in life-drawing. They get so intent!
|FIGURE DRAWING: NOW HOLD THAT POSE: by Wayan; 1989/11/6 digital sketch of model clowning.
Shasé liked absurd, impossible poses, and she held them heroically...
CAUTION: SILLY NUDITY
|FLOATING HORSES: by Wayan, 1972/8/10, a flying/transformation dream advising patience
That day, I did bad art. That night, my friend & I get turned into levitating horses--though some of our fellow fliers are kinda creepy...
|FLOATING WOLF AND BUTTERFLY: by Wayan; 2010/12/21; a furry advisory dream
The city museum's new levitating sculpture shows a space reef explored by a floating wolf who needs no spacesuit--vacuum adapted!
|MY FLUORESCENT WORLD: by Wayan; 1997/8/16, a psychedelic dream.
I always thought I saw differently than others, but when someone builds the Goggles...
|FLYING UNICORNS' GIFTS: by Lily Michaud; 2007/9/5, an advice-dream inside a flying dream
Flying unicorns hang out with me and my friends, sending us dreams full of useful advice--and more concrete gifts...
|FOOD CAME BETWEEN US: by Wayan, 1993/4/25, a tasty dream epic.
The terror of Navy breakfast, the joy of filterfeeding, how to marry pudding, and a sniper lunch with kisses...
|FOUR ELEMENTALS: by Wayan, four recurrent 2009 dream-figures, 2010/1/1 to 1/14
For the New Year, I draw a group portrait of the old year's main dream-figures. This year four needs came up over & over...
|GALLERY GAWKERS: by Wayan; 2003-5; sketches of San Francisco characters
For two years, I sat at the desk in our co-op gallery, and secretly sketched our bewildered, art-assaulted customers...
|HAPPY HUNDERTWASSER: by Wayan; 1991-1999, nondream digital picture-poem.
As the bland lead the blind... who knows their own mind? I'll tell you who....
|A HAUNTED HOUSE INDEED!: by Anna Kingsford; 1887/4/12, an epic ghost dream
I was warned to beware the soul-devouring art in the haunted house, but I didn't expect to find an entire modern art salon...
CAUTION: ABSORBING ARTWORK
|HEAD ON MY TABLE: by Lauren Watley; 2011/2/16, a creepy dream-image with depth
After a day of troubling conflicts over race and art, I dream I'm handed a hot, heavy, mossy head--is it art, or is it alive?
|HERSELF IN REVERSE: by Wayan; 2013/6/13, three surreal future-prompting dreamlets
1: I'm in a theater complex meeting weird big-eyed ballerinas, and suddenly know I'll be choreographing for them someday soon...
2: A sorcery student meets and somehow fuses with her powerful future self hurtling backward through time...
3: A squirrel-magician, too, meets his future self leaping back through time, and inoculates us all against a future plague with a milder fever...
CAUTION: NOT FOR TOTAL SKEPTICS ABOUT PREDICTIVE DREAMS
|HOMAGE TO CAMILLE: by Wayan, spring 2003. Portrait of a half an anima
A portrait of my dream-friend Silky, using a technique learned from artist Camille Porter.
|IF YOUR HEART IS BEAT: by Wayan; 1989. Nondream, digital graffiti-poem-poster.
When your brain-cops are edgy, you're getting warm!
|IN THE VAULT: by Wayan; 1983/4/6, a dream of treasure.
I was a sheltered girl till I entered my family's secret ancestral vault. I didn't expect to meet...
|INK MOUNTAIN: by Wayan; 1992/8/5, a tutelary dreamtale.
A Himalayan peak boils with warring creatures, but a guru says "They're just your conflicts. Sit, watch..."
|KLIMT'S GIRL FRIENDS: by Wayan; 1998/7/4, a short art rant
Klimt did a deep portrait of a lesbian couple back when most folks hardly saw gays as human...
|MARJANE: by Wayan; 2005/6/3, a nightmare about... articide? Watercolor comic or illustrated text
I'm cartoonist Marjane Satrapi. I passively tag along with friends (and a fiancé I tend to forget) in the Mission District of San Francisco. But they blunder into real trouble...
|MARY MCBRIDE AND THE SPIRITUAL EARTH MOVEMENT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2011/11/26, dream of a kindred artist
I met a woman whose art (and her love for the Earth) inspired me to start a series of paintings with creatures hidden in landscapes...
|MATISSE: by Wayan; 1988? early digital daydream.
An early piece about Matisse, and his models, and quilting, and disembodied heads...
|MOVING IN THE LANDSCAPES OF MY DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; an epic canvas hiding over a dozen dreamscenes (mostly Jan-Mar 2011)
Inspired by a dream, I painted a big canvas landscape with movable (magnetic) dream figures and flaps revealing hidden dream scenes...
|NIC'S THOUSAND PAINTINGS: by Wayan, 2017/7/9, a dream with creative advice
My friend Nic vows to paint two pictures a day, and, impossibly, does. Meanwhile, I'm blocked. Can she show me how to get unstuck?
|THE OLD YOUNG MAN: by Anna Kingsford; 1880/2/21, a dream of a step-in soul
Malaria nearly kills a talented young artist; he must retrain from scratch. Why? Well, he's not exactly himself...
|ONE FRUIT REMAINS UNEATEN: by Catshall; November 1983, a journal dotted with dreams
My day life as an artist and explorer of the San Francisco underground scene gets commented on regularly by my dreamlife...
CAUTION: SEX, BONDAGE
|OTTERS DON'T FAKE: by Wayan; 1989/10/15, a sex dream that's not about sex at all.
I'm scared to show my dream-paintings to my art class. That night I find an large otter in my bed...
|THE PAINT KIDS: by Wayan; 1996/11/23, a possibly psychic dream.
Two child artists mail themselves to me in their paint kit, and start a painting orgy that gets messy...
CAUTION: PEDOPHILIA, OR MAYBE PEDOPHOBIA
|PATH: by Wayan; 57K; dream figures (1989/10/12) invade a waking landscape.
My art teacher said "Draw a spiritual experience." I did, but that night, I dreamed of sharp-toothed...
CAUTION: TOPLESS MEDITATION.
|PESCADERO MONET: by Wayan; 1983/11/4, a happy art-cult dream.
Monet is over 100 now, living in an art colony. I visit him, but my parents come along. Bad idea...
|PLANET-SCULPTING APE: by "AE" (George Russell); mid-1870s, a childhood characterological dream.
On a cloud in space I met an ape molding a model of the Earth, glancing at the original far below us. We were much alike...
|THE POLYGAMOUS PILOT: by Wayan; 1990/9/25, a psychic dreamtale.
My friend the Polygamous Pilot is up in an ice-storm, hanging powerlines on the sky, when...
|THE POWER OF ART: by Wayan; 2016/8/29, a dream-poem about the longtern effect of dreamwork?
At a museum, a weird art project shows me how observing & documenting life can improve that life--just from being taken seriously...
|QUADRUPLE WEDDING: by Wayan; 1995/5/15, a unifying dream.
Why'd I get sick from figure-sketching? Dream I'm at a mass wedding; do I marry a dwarf, a feral boy or a horse?
|RAVENNA: by Wayan; 1994/12/25, a predictive Jungian dream on art & body-image.
In a church-tent, I find glowing pictures of mine I've never seen awake. One's half-done; I work on it.
I wake, and read how Jung, in a Ravenna church, saw luminous images he later learned burned centuries ago!
CAUTION: NUDE STAINED GLASS
|RAZI AND THE HOLY WINO OF SHASTA: by Wayan; 1994/9/1, a redemptive dream and epic furry painting
20,000 years from now, a deer-harpist named Razi finds the Holy Wino's not quite the ruin he seems...
CAUTION: BAD PENGUINS, DEER NUDITY, RUDE DRUNK
|REBEL OWL: by Wayan; 1971/10/9, a dream so mysterious it mystified its inhabitants
My city's invaded and occupied. I become a gigantic Owl and fight with impossible stamina. But in the end I'm dead, stuffed, on a museum wall. Can I let go NOW?
|REVELATION: by Anna Kingsford; 1885/11/27, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
Dreams and other revelations shouldn't be dissected--they need to be reveiled, not revealed...
CAUTION: INTENSE MYSTICISM
|SELF-POSSESSED: by Wayan; a 2000/7/10 dream of a ghost that may portend the future of the World Dream Bank itself
In a pizzeria, customers walk blindly through a ghost; briefly possessed, they echo his moods. But for such an insubstantial figure, he seems strangely stable...
|SELL THE GODS, AND RAISE HELL!: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a dream riddle.
Reactionaries smash a paper. To rebuild, the editor must sell tiki carvings! But gods don't LIKE being sold...
CAUTION: MORAL QUANDARY
|SHY SPHINX: by Wayan; 2009/11/27, a dream of indirect advice
I find a shy sphinx hiding in the corner of a painting in a dull art class. But maybe she's right to hide...
|SILKY SHIELDS A VANDAL: by Wayan; 1994/8/6, a cautionary dream.
I'm a kid in a classroom someone's trashed. Our teacher goes ballistic. But was the gypsy girl framed?
|SO GUARDED A SKIN: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/6/11, a dream of a Freudian... blurt?
An art critic asks me what I think of a sexually explicit nude, and I open my mouth and blurt practically the opposite of what my conscious thinks...
CAUTION: NUDE SKETCH
|SPEAKING ABOUT ART WITH THE AFRICAN BEINGS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2002/1/19, a dream-painting of a dream about dream-painting!
I'm teaching an art class full of strange masklike beings. We debate art as spontaneous process versus art as planned product...
|A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK: by Wayan; dreamed 1994/7/2 & 7/19; a 23-page dream-comic
I find the sketch-journal of a beautiful winged sphinx who left her mythic isle to explore a city of crazy bipeds, called San Francisco...
CAUTION: SPHINX SEX, SPHINX ATTITUDE
|STREAMLINING: by Wayan; 2004/11/10, a dream within a dream
I dream I'm an otter, and wake into a dream about sculpture--and learn my style's due to my species...
|SURF THE SAN ANDREAS: by Wayan; 2008/8/21, three short dreampoems, Dreamverse #11
Through twin gates of dream--not ivory and horn any more, but fear and trust...
Three castles on the sea, lovely or lame: a Mock Kremlin, a Ship of Toiletpaper, and a Ship of Brick and Beer...
A mad old surfer of the San Andreas Fault, impossibly riding earth-change...
|TAROT: THE PIANIST (Knight of Wands?): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The knight of creative fire, who takes over when you've mastered technique but kept your passion...
|TAROT: THE QUEEN OF FLUTES: by Wayan; 1981/6/19, a brief dream image.
I dream I'm giving a friend a Tarot reading, and the card she picks for herself is one I've never seen:
|TEETH IN HIS THIGH: by Wayan; 2008/10/30, an embarrassing dream-poem: Dreamverse #37
The Conference on Love has two sexy speakers. One says "my teacher's stalking me" but she clings to him. Love? Hate? Both?
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM--but what are these two exhibiting?
|TERESA'S BILLBOARDS: by Wayan; 1988/5/1, a dream about trust.
Teresa mistrusts men. Her best friend Sabina comes on to me in front of Teresa, who blames me...
CAUTION: NUDITY, BETRAYAL, GENDER PARANOIA
|THAT'S NOT ART! THAT'S ART!: by Wayan; 1995/3/19, a true story
An artist I know dismisses her (gorgeous) art as just therapy... while the museums are full of trash. Why?
|THIEF OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1996/11/29, a 22-page comic telling a sexy soul-swappin' dream. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
I was a mermaid trying to find Count Coyote's stolen dreams, so I could marry my human girlfriend...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, LESBIAN MARRIAGE, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2004/9/6, my dreams' response to the first Burning Man dream-workshop
A trail toward Freedom has extra markers, for it's three trails, superimposed! Not all the cues are for us...
|12 SWALLOWS, 700 DAUGHTERS: by Wayan; 1972/10/14, a dream poem on compassion; Dreamverse #5
Alchemy demands I kill ten swallows. I refuse! Instead, twelve birds and I fuse and fly over a magic wood...
|UNICORN STAIN-GLASS WINDOW: by Wayan; 1983/4/28, a subliminal dream? Or predictive?
The stained-glass unicorns were stunning, sexy... but veiled by a bland, tasteful, floral inner stained-glass window...18 months later I saw the window...
|UTOPIA: by Wayan; 37 p, 3.9 MB, 2007/5/9, a painted essay on... wishes?
An improvised painting-series exploring my obsession for Utopia--and your deafening silence...
CAUTION: IDEAS, FURRY NUDITY, THAT GOSH-DARN MODERN ABSTRACT ART
|A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
|THE VAT MESSIAH: by Wayan; 1985/2/27, a major dreamtale.
In our cult, we lie in vats of goo till we grow wings. But we're feared more than we knew...
CAUTION: A SPECIST LYNCH MOB, NAKED IN SCHOOL, LESBIAN FEELINGS, OBSCENE CARROT
|VERITY, TOO?: by Wayan; 2000/11/5, a comic nightmare with practical advice--if I avoid going all Freudian
Both my painting mentors turn on me! My mom accuses me of hereditary inferiority, then my teacher Verity sits on my head and says...
|WAYAN’S STUDIO: by Wayan; art Sept.1999, text 2007; sketches of my workspace
These sketches bare my work process: I multitask without planning, in a flow state. I really do “follow my bliss”!
|WEAVING MATS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/15; a predictive dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
In a camp, women wove mats. I was tempted to try. But it was months until I learned what they'd really been weaving..
|WHILE THE MEN WERE HUNTING by Wayan, 1981/11/3; a crayon-ink-Xerox art-prayer.
In cave times, while the men were out hunting, it was the women who learned to paint the cave walls to summon...
|WHO'LL BE MY LOVE?: by Wayan; 1986/4/14, a dream noir farce; part 4 of UNICORN TAG.
I'm a hardboiled detective wincing as I grill a meek little psychic (who might just be me) about embarrassing subjects like unicorns, and love...
CAUTION: A UNICORN WHO MAKES EVEN THE COPS BLUSH
|WING IT: by Wayan, 1995/12/29-1996/2/14, a 9-page improv comic.
An art experiment--the only rule is DRAW--no models, no ideas, no plans, not even dreams. Drawing from the void!
|WOODCUT: by Wayan; 1997-1999. Digital "woodblock print" of dream-self.
Cartoony self-portrait as I paint with Persephone's pomegranate paintbrush. A mock woodblock print...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
|THE WOODRING LAYER: by Wayan; 2008/7/7. A dream questioning art's job.
I see great towers rising into a fog zone--or is it another universe, with different rules? How do you draw both worlds?
|A WRITER'S MUSE: by Wayan, 1996/12/7, a dreamfable on creativity.
A writer's found in his office mating with an ash-covered creature! But could she be his muse?
CAUTION: NUDITY OR NOT? SEX OR NOT? NO ONE QUITE KNOWS...
|THE WRITING CLASS: by Wayan; 1984/3/27, a grumpy dream.
Most writers search for their unique style. Not me--I struggle to convey unique EXPERIENCES...
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