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Dreams (and a few nondream essays) on artists (especially dream artists), our work environment, our values and subculture, and on the arts, esthetics and criticism.

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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; 1986/1/3, from Wayan's journal.
What makes so much animation all feel the same? Temptations inherent in the medium...
ANSWERING JUNG: by Wayan; 2005/7/5, a dream mocking 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
ART TAKES GUTS: by Wayan; ink, 11x14", before 1981/5/21, 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; 1983/9/18, a dream poem with 3 illustrations
A jaundiced dream of an art show that spelled 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; 149K total: 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...
CAUTION: NUDITY
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?
CAUTION: SEX
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?.
CAUTION: NUDITY
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; 30 K, 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; 51K; nondream digital painting, 1998.
Coyote invades an abstract painting and reveals why the art biz likes conceptual, impersonal art...
CRISP: by Wayan; 1991? Digital poster on Web art.
Is digital Web blather any better than old-fashioned, live, analog blather?
CAUTION: STUPIDITY
CRUMB: by Wayan; 1995/6/7; film review and rant on artistic conscience.
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; 200K, 1996-2006, a dream-comics book in progress.
"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...
CAUTION: THERAPESE
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...
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 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?
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...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
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...
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...
OTTERS DON'T FAKE: by Wayan; 125K total, a dreamtale with 2 illustrations, 1989/10/15.
I'm scared to show my dream-paintings to my art class. That night I find an large otter in my bed...
CAUTION: SEX
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...
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; 83K total, 4 images, 1994/12/25, a psychic Jungian dream.
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; 270K, 16 illus., 1994/9/1, a redemptive dream
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
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
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?
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...
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?
THE THIEF OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 200K, an illustrated dream-play, 1996/11/29.
I was a mermaid trying to find Count Coyote's stolen dreams, so I could marry my human girlfriend...
CAUTION: GAY MARRIAGE, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2002/9/6, 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...
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; 155K, illustrated, 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
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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