Dreamscapes: Scenery and Place
Compiling this list taught me how my own dreams have changed. My early dreams are full of dreamscapes and maps. Such dreams were often just as useful as my current dreams of friendly spirits, but few of them made my editorial cut--their imagery seemed too symbolic, too private. Too dull.
I'm far more social now--most of the dreamscapes below are from the last twenty years, and few of them are really landscapes--most have active people (not always human, but people) in the foreground. The land is usually a mere setting.
That doesn't mean I'm any less interested in landforms and what they say. But now my eco-obsessions get ample expression in the (nondream) art-series Planetocopia.
I have few regrets--back then, I was serious, solitary, and lonely! Better now. Still, this site reflects a strong bias toward people, animals, magic, sex and humor. I've wondered if this flashiness is partly a reaction to my early, endless journeys through solemn Jungian dreamscapes.
So what am I saying? If you have dreams of pure landscapes, ones that seem to symbolize your current state, you're not the odd one out; it's a classic dream-type. And the shapes of the land can be just as charged with beauty and meaning--even shamanic advice about life-paths to take--as a flashy adventure. Solitary dreamscapes don't even imply deep introversion or a solitary nature; just a particular phase of a dreamer's life and interests.
RELATED TOPICS: portraits - figure studies and studio art - dreams (not all painted) of mountains - deserts and oases - beach and shore - lakes and seas - volcanoes - ice and snow country - waterfalls - forests - farms - cities - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
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|ABOVE THE WHITE TOWER: by Wayan; 1990/1/14, a flying sex-change dream of love
Flying in a wild wind, I mate mid-air with an alien, get pregnant, change sex, fight the inlaws...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|AIDA'S TOILET BOAT: by Wayan; 1993/4/7, a psychic dreamtale.
A sexy comedian and her troubles down the drain. A dream that turned out to be true...
|THE AIR BURUNDI PAINTINGS: by Wayan; 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.
|AIR OASIS: by Wayan; 1984/4/15, a dream of marginality.
Why'd I have to get my big inspiration deep in a lake in the Land of the Lizard People high in the Andes?
|ALP VARK: by Wayan; 1983/11/24-25, an epic comic psychic dream.
I'm kissed by the Holy Aardvark, but my bond with my dad is strained by ESP he can't accept...
|AND THEN I WOKE UP: by Wayan; 1980/11/4, an illustrated dreamtale.
A dream of mushrooms, flying, canyons, giant Rocs out of Sindbad--and a moral challenge.
|ANNE GOT LOST: by Anne's friend; 1936, a warning dream wisely acted on
She was headed for a rock wall. The brakes faded; she smelled burning. Then she woke. Her friends laughed, but she asked a neighbor what to do if...
|ANNUNCIATION TO THE SPHINX: by Wayan; 1995, digital painting of nondream vision.
I think Yeats was wrong to use the Sphinx to symbolize the brutal post-Christian era he foresaw...
|ARCH: by Wayan; dreamed 1998/8/10, painted 1999, acrylic on wood.
I dreamed that as a kid I found two girls making love in the bushes, awakening my own sexual orientation. Later, I saw the bigger picture, which wasn't about sex at all...
|ARISTOTLE'S WIVES: by Wayan, 1984/5/20, a dueling-philosopher dream.
Aristotle keeps marrying my friends and fucking them up. So I challenge Mr. Logic to a shamanic duel...
CAUTION: THE F-WORD. OOPS, TOO LATE! LESBIAN FISH, TOO.
|THE ARTIST'S WAY: by Wayan; 1994/6/10, a visual-pun dream.
I'm a parade route. A group of child artists walks all over me. But their soles are bare, so I don't mind...
|AS OTHERS SEE US: by Wayan; 1993/12/3, a socially astute flying dream.
We're orphans learning to fly by night, when others can't see and define us...
|ASCENT: by Wayan; spring 1997; a comix-panorama summing up recurrent mountain-climbing dreams.
All that spring I dreamed of climbing, cold, fatigue, risk, and fear. But shamanic training involves toughening; ascent isn't always easy flight...
|BAR BET: by Wayan; 1982/4/30, a dream-quest on not settling for less.
On a bar-bet, we seek God. We reach the Isles of the Blessed, but they're too complacent. We want the wild God, the real God, the Bad Taste God. Onward, pagan questers! Because we want to win our bet.
CAUTION: LAZY-ASS ANGELS
|BELL CURVE IN THE DARK: by Wayan; 1982/8/17, a dream on... the gifted?
A human pinball game played in the dark, with bells for stoppers, sorting people into a Gaussian bell-curve...
|BERNAL ISLET IN 2250: by Wayan; 2007/4/2, an epic undream painting
My neighborhood becomes a Huck Finn Eden after global warming turns it into a tropical island...
CAUTION: NUDITY, AMBITOPIA
|THE BIOSPHERE VARIATIONS: by Wayan; 2004-6, a set of sculpture-photo-drawing-travelog-webmazes:
Tour beautiful, bizarre worlds most exobiologists would write off as hopeless for life, and meet the natives...
CAUTION: SEXY ALIENS, WEIRD CUSTOMS, EVOLUTION
|THE BLACK CURRENT: by Wayan; 1985/6/16, a slice-of-life dreamtale.
A dream-voyage round the world on the Black Current, only to wake up back in my animal village...
CAUTION: GORILLA MARRIAGE
|THE BLACK STREAM: by A.W. Fyson Calder; before Aug. 1928, 1931/12/28, and 1938: three predictive dreams
In my dream I looked into a narrow stream that was quite clear yet inky black. This seemed ridiculous at the time...
|THE BLUE MILLIPEDE: by Wayan; 1996/11/5 (Election Night), a political dream.
I'm a wizard chasing crooked politicians in a big city. They have a car, I hop a trolley, only on the astral plane it's a giant blue millipede, and...
CAUTION: RECKLESS DRIVING, THEFT OF PUBLIC MILLIPEDE
|BONK VERONICA: by Wayan; 1997/4/1, 9 page dream-comic (1.3Mb)
The world's first all-bulemic band, Veronica and the Vomits, provokes a riot at our local punk club. So I go to Anorexic Bootcamp and join an army of models learning self-defense under fire, as calories and fat jokes whiz by...
CAUTION: BARF, HORNY ANOREXIC, FOOD FIGHT
|BONOBO AND BEAR: by Wayan, 1999/10/14, a mystic war movie.
The gods of our cave-past and star-future fight over us--using us, of course. After I see the toll it's taking on a bonobo buddy of mine, I decide to bring the war back home, and go gunning for God--BOTH of them...
CAUTION: APES AND EXPLOSIVES DON'T MIX
|BORN IN A CAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/4/20 to 2007/8/9, a painted series of rite-of-passage dreams.
I keep dreaming of awkward but successful transitions into new life, and paint them all in one landscape...
|BRETON SELKIE, or, VERIFY AURAS!: by Wayan; 1995/11/10, a cautionary, possibly psychic dream.
I meet a sexy seal-girl. Being single and desperate, I overlook a slight values conflict...
CAUTION: DISGUSTING JOB
|CANARY COAL, MOLE-OWNED SINCE 1873: by Wayan; 1981/11/7, ink/digital, a nondream piece on chemosensitivity.
No more token canaries--the all-canary workforce, that's us. Let's see if these products are toxic...
|CATRISE: by Wayan; 2000/2/21, a sexy flying dream; acrylic painting.
I'm an alien exchange student in Palo Alto High School. I get stared at--they wear clothes, they don't fly...
CAUTION: FELINE NUDITY
|CENTAUR QUARTET: by Wayan; 1982/2/26, 83/12/24 & 84/10/16, recurring dreams of my spirit family.
Can our interspecies family survive? Not just cultural conflict! Our very instincts clash around solitude/boundaries, sex and incest
CAUTION: INCEST ISSUES, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY
|THE CHAPARRAL OF TIME: by Wayan; 2008/10/21, a timetravel dream-poem: Dreamverse #36
I snorkel over the time-reefs to an era of talking animals--but why do I crash on the head of rocker Suzi Quatro?
|CHAPERONE AND REBEL: by Wayan; 1998/5/18, a flirtatious dreamtale.
A girl with a magic swimsuit flashes me, as her Iranian fundamentalist aunt glares from beyond the veil...
CAUTION: NUDITY? OR ILLUSION?
|CHASM by Nancy Price; 1948, a telepathic nightmare.
The scenery's so lovely my mother's lured over a cliff! As I wake in my flat, someone dies of a fall out a nearby window...
|CHEETAH: by Wayan; 1978-86, a poem on turning dreams into art.
I'm a cheetah working as a baker in Coconino County, Arizona, haunted by Krazy Kat...
|CHINA BEACH: by Wayan; 1992. Digital poster of a waking life-shift..
That moment when you tire of your old trauma and suddenly turn to the sun. Or fun.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
|CHRYSALIS: by Wayan; 1999 acrylic painting of two dreams, 1997/10/6 and 1997/11/8.
Ballooning over Middle Earth with a metamorphosing butterfly-girl, we drift into forbidden territory:
|CIRRUS: by Wayan; 1982/12/7, a dreamlike but waking skyscape.
I was hunting edible fungi in Foothill Park near Palo Alto when I saw this...
|THE CITY, NOT LONG AFTER: by Wayan; 1998/4/22-30, acrylic cityscape of our flooded future.
What my home town will become, if you fools keep burning gas and spewing CO2...
|CLAN TAUR: by Wayan; recurrent dream-family (best example: 1987/1/9); pencil studies 1998-2002.
I keep dreaming I'm in a multispecies family full of centaurs and satyrs, having a reunion at the beach...
CAUTION: NUDE BEACH, STRANGE RELATIVES
|THE CLARK RANGE, OR, THE HAND: by Wayan; 1975/12/1, a surreal dream prompting me to go lucid and still failing
High in the Sierra with some geologists, I stick my arm deep in a drillhole and feel something impossible--a living hand! Yet ...
|CLIMB FROM THE PIT: by Wayan, 1996/11/9, a dream parable.
I'm in the Mideast. No wonder it's a war zone--it's a vast pit BUILT for war! But a spiral stair leads slowly out, to...
|COLUMBIA UPSIDE DOWN: by Wayan; 1992. Dream-tinged landscape.
I painted this upside down, with a mouse, then flipped it to see what I'd done...
|COYOTE ANGEL: by Wayan; 1999-2000, sculpture of dream figure.
A shapeshifter caught in the moment of transformation, just as her arms unfold into smoky wings...
|CRAG: by Wayan; 1999; foot-high sculpture of a daydream.
Who sculpts landscape? So I tried a crag with a pool in a hollow on its knee, windows like red eyes...
|DEER AND SANDSTORM: by Wayan; 1993/3/17, a pre-fever dream.
I'm in a hotel by the Great Salt Lake. Deer roam the halls and lap at the drinking fountain...
|THE DEER'S HOLY LAKE: by Wayan; 1995/5/15, a dream of holy turf.
A magic lake where deer glide on water... so I try it. And start to realize I could build such a lake...
|DEJA REVE: by Percy Bysshe Shelley; before 1810, a flash of a premonitory dream
While walking in the country, an ordinary view suddenly terrifies Shelley: he recognizes it from a dream years before...
|DELIGHT EVOLVES FLIGHT: by Wayan; 2011/12/23, an advisory dream
In a parallel world, a gliding griflynx displays a brilliant evolutionary strategy: joy! It's the strongest mate magnet...
|THE DIEBACK: by Wayan; 1998/10/12, an ecological warning dream.
A plague begins on terraformed Mars and spreads to Earth. Population biology made it inevitable...
CAUTION: OFFSTAGE POPULATION CRASH
|ECCENTRIC: by Wayan; 1990/5/17, a two-page dream-comic.
I'm a small planet in an eccentric orbit: a one-day summer, a two-day winter. Rest and hibernate, or...
CAUTION: SLACKER ETHIC
|ESCAPE BY INTUITION: by Wayan; 2010/1/11; four dreams of breaking through
I must see a community as a whole, and intuit my way out of a sealed room, and spot details, and join a trio in bed...
CAUTION: NUDITY IN LAST DREAM
|ETNA-SHASTA, or, GROOM YOUR OWN FEATHERS: by Wayan; 2008/9/18, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #28
On a volcano's rim, watching the lava fountains, I interview a huge blue alien bird who never planned to be a monk...
|FACE CROSSING: by Wayan; 1990-91. Nondream but surreal digital painting..
Slightly altered to remove the familiarity, but this is quite real...
|FAIRE DINOSAUR: by Wayan; 1981/5/5. A dream of forbidden love.
I fall in love with a sexy T. Rex at the Renaissance Faire. Then things get weird...
CAUTION: DINO ABUSE
|FISHERGIRLS: by Wayan; 2.6M, 42 illus.; 1996/7/15; a sexy dream epic.
I had a spectacular dream one night, that lasted many days in dream-time--a true other life. It wasn't Earth, and we weren't human.
I was a teenage lemur, sailing with two friends into unknown waters--a rite of passage. I woke on deck deep in the night, my friends curled around me, and realized I didn't WANT to pass the test, be declared a grown woman, marry and have pups. I loved my girl friends. In a world lacking the very word, I was groping toward queerdom. Sailing into unknown waters! "Here be dragons," the old maps say. And they were right...
If 2600K is too big to load, try it in parts: 1: HOME, 650K, 2: VOYAGE, 1200K, 3: BACK 750K.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, QUEER TEEN ANGST, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|FORESEE ELECTION, BUT BLIND TO SEX: by Wayan; 2012/10/23, a profitable predictive dream only half heeded
On hearing the election results, a girl at Esalen Hot Springs joyfully dances around me naked. I heed the message about the election, but not about...
|FRANCHISE!, (comix, 770K; small screen? FRANCHISE text w/pix, 170K): by Wayan, 1995/10/12, a funny dream with a serious warning.
I was the first woman made High Commissioner of Baseball. One day a team of mutants begs a franchise...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, BAD TEAMWORK, HORNY BEES
|GALILEO FALLS: by Wayan; 1979/11/7, a mysterious dream .
I was a closet unicorn. SO closet, I didn't even know what a unicorn was, till I went to college and met...
|GIRL IN THE WATER: by Wayan, 2000/10/7, twin dreams on... dreamwork?
In a California where the Gold Rush never happened, a girl rides a wild deer over the San Fernando hills to a secret dream-pool...
Then, in a Japantown hotel lobby, that girl floats in a giant aquarium, meditating serene, as local gossips whisper lies about her...
|A GOLDEN KEY IN A CHEAP LIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/7/9, a subtle dream lesson
I was so lonely the potheads on Haight looked good. I dreamed I had the Golden Key, but under a cheap sodium streetlamp, ALL my keys looked gold! Then I met true gold: a woman meditating until she shone...
CAUTION: NUDITY, HAIGHT STREET STONERS
|GROUNDHOG DAY: by Wayan; 1994/9/2, a dream-comic (or text with pix)
James Hillman is the first psychologist on the moon! He sees a shadow and panics like a groundhog. Not his shadow, but MINE...
|HAENA TWILIT COVE: by Wayan; 1984/10/31, a predictive dream.
Landing in Hawaii, I dream of a magical twilit cove I must swim across. The eve of leaving, there it is...
|HAWK RIDGE: by Wayan; 1988; Primitivist (and primitive) nondream digital painting
Early wild and wobbly computer art, reveling in those lush luminous colors...
|HAWKING COUNTRY: by Wayan; 1994/2/3, a quantum-level dream.
I read Stephen Hawking, and dream I'm in the Quantum Desert, full of bridges, holes, and loops--like the microstructure of spacetime. But it's not alien at all--it's HOME!
|I DIDNíT DIVE IN: by Herbert Read; before 1938, a dream-poem experiment.
I watched her dive into the lake and not come up. Her golden cloak floated on the water. I hesitated just a moment, and...
|ID FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1989/10/8, a dream of wish and fear
The villagers warned me not to walk in the alien graveyard; for at night, the Id flowers wake...
|I'M ALL EARS, DR. ESTES: by Wayan; 1995/6/7, not a dream, a portrait of a radio-trance.
Clarisa Pinkola Estes (who runs with the wolves) was on the radio, and this popped out of my mouse...
|IMPOSSIBLE SHIPS: by Wayan; late 1966?, a childhood lucid-prompting dream, and maybe a longterm prediction
The fog parts, and I see a huge ship on San Francisco Bay. Impossible--it'd be half a mile long. I must be dreaming! But fifty years later...
|IN IO: by Wayan, 1981/8/7, a wild otherworldly dream with 3 illustrations.
I live on Io. It's nicer than its photos. At least inside, where the oceans are--where I grow a second head...
|IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore their heart's desires unconstrained by matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISION, UNICORN NUDITY
|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..."
|ISLE OF THE BLEST: by Wayan; 1990, painting inspired by series of fox-dreams
I'm a Japanese werefox, longing to reach the Isle of the Blest; but dare I swim for it?
|JANEWAY'S TANGO: by Wayan, 1998/10/20, a psychic Star Trek dream.
Why is Captain Janeway doing the tango with another woman, in a creek, wearing a mermaid tail?
|JAPANESE RAIL CRASH: by an Air Force wife; 1927, a clairvoyant or telepathic dream
The track gave way and many cars fell into the bay. People crawled like ants out of the windows as waves broke on the wreckage...
|THE KRELKIN SISTERS ON MISSION ST: by Wayan; 261K, 1995/6/7, a dream of superior beings
I was walking in the Mission, in San Francisco, when two sisters came up to me who no one else could see...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|KUBLA KHAN: by Samuel Coleridge; summer 1797, an interrupted dream-poem
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree (at least until that visitor from Porlock barged in...)
CAUTION: POET ON PAIN MEDS
|THE LADY BATHES IN GRIEF: by Wayan; 1983/5/31, a long-haul psychic dream.
Why'd a spirit-woman come to our reservation to mourn a drowned guy? Her mirrors & candles tell us...
|LANDSCAPE FROM A DREAM: by Paul Nash; recurrent flying dreams 1895-9, painted summer 1937
As a child, Paul Nash dreamed of flying over the countryside of southern England. As an adult surrealist painter...
|LEARNING SCALES: by Wayan; 1985/6/26, an epic dream of Chinese dragons.
I find myself in astral China. The Empress is banished, the Jester rules. Wisdom is lost. We need a Dragon...
|THE LEMON SEA: by Wayan; 1982/2/22, a dream warning.
I wake up as someone else. I go through her working day, till Captain Kirk comes to take me to...
|LILY OXYGEN: by Wayan; dreamed 1984/1/19, drawn 2000; a strong psychic dream.
I'm Emily Dickinson reborn in 2100 as a breeder of hydroponic lilies, till my dad drafts me as an Arctic energy-prospector, where I meet a ghost, a fiery Beast, a new me, and the girl of my dreams...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, NUDE PROSPECTORS, GNOMIC DICKINSON QUOTES
|LITTLE BROWN RABBITS IN THE MEADOW: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/20; a painting from the Box of Dreams
I visit a friend's ramshackle cottage--trees grow through the walls. But glorious meadows! Spring at last...
|LOLA: by Wayan; 1995/4/22, a wild dream: psychic, shamanic and... economic?
How the hell do I summarize this? Lola, a werefox I'm hot for, becomes my feudal Japanese brother, and her fox-shape reappears as the truck-driving maid for a Han Dynasty lady. We counter the interdimensional energy vampires by importing ghost unicorns on sailing ships, who have an orgy...
Two weeks later it all comes true. Literally? No. But closer than you think....
|LOST AGAIN: by Wayan; felt pen, 1983/2/27, sketch of daydream? or dream?
I was a bird-person in a post-nuclear future, touring North America on the wing. But ruins all look the same...
CAUTION: ALL YOU LOVE IS GONE
|A LOST STATION ON THE TOKAIDO: by Wayan; erasable crayon, 1981/12/6. A nondream vision.
A tribute to Hiroshige's moonlit landscape prints of the lonely roads of old Japan...
|LYIN' WAYAN: by Wayan; 1996/4/10, a warning nightmare.
A mob of kids chases me chanting "Lyin' Wayan!" I get dizzy and fall off a bridge... THEN comes trouble!
CAUTION: FATAL FALL
|LYR: by Wayan; 7MB, 2005, 80 pages w/200+ drawings and maps; a virtual planet
A vast sea-world with 7 times Earth's mass, whose isles are home to at least 19 intelligent species...
CAUTION: CUTE ALIENS, WEIRD SEX CUSTOMS, GODLESS EVOLUTION!
|MAHAKALA, MOZART, AND THE CRIPPLED BIRD: by Wayan; 1985/4/17, a dream on facing one's shadow.
The Christian God vs Mahakala, Buddhist god of right anger! War in Middle Earth, as Pink Floyd sings...
|THE MAN WITH THE GUITAR: by Wayan; 1992/7/4, a psychic dream-comic (or illus. text))
A volcano erupts in San Francisco! No human could survive the blast, but one researcher does--what IS he?
|MARE PASS: by Wayan; 1999, crayon sketch of daydream or hypnogogic image.
Climbing a meadowy pass between wooded spurs, I found I'd been climbing a mare's mane...
|A MARKET STREET CONCERT: by Wayan, 1998/4/2, a sexy dreamfable.
On a downtown street, a classmate is singing for change. I can't resist seeing if I can distract her...
CAUTION: THEY'RE BOTH EXHIBITIONISTS
|MARS REBORN: by Wayan; 15 pages, 27 photos, 2003/9/22, a tour of a sculpted/virtual world
Mars as it will be 1000 years from now, terraformed. A guided tour with photos...
|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...
|MELTDOWN VALLEY: by Wayan; 1993/2/13, a dream of scrupulous balance.
A park in San Francisco has melted into a bizarre mutation-zone. Its guardian is a lonely elf-woman...
CAUTION: ELF NUDITY
|A NEW MERMAID DISH: by Wayan; 1994/11/13, a parabolic dream
A mermaid friend invites me to see an underwater experiment in the Golden Gate...
CAUTION: MERMAID BREASTS
|MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 300K, 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars, Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
|MOONCAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/14; a subtle dream-comic about sonar. text version
Near a mysterious sculpture garden on the moon, lives the blind, bike-riding sage I seek: Moon-Cat...
|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...
|MUNCH'S BLUFF: by Wayan; 11x14", 1983. Nondream erasable crayon
A sea-scape somewhat in the style of Edvard Munch: midnight-sun madness with a hint of suicide...
|MY CUBIST CONSCIENCE: by Wayan; 1982/8/5; a dream warning of overharsh ethics.
I dreamed I was trapped in the maze of my pacifist vegetarian feminist anarchist eco-conscience...
|MY LIPS ARE SEALED: by Wayan, 1989/6/3, a moody, psychic, epic dream.
A two-part dream: I'm a Romantic poet who defeats the curse of the fountain, to marry; but when our daughter's grown, a new curse strikes me mute, paralyzed. And I mistake it for old age! Then, in real life...
|NATURE DEFIES CONTOUR: by Wayan; 1999/9/20. waking vision in ink & acrylic applied with a stick
It's not nice to outline things that don't want to have outlines...
|NIGHTMARE STUDIO: by Gary Panter, 2003, a 5-page muted-color comic of his lonely, surreal, Chirico-esque dream world
Rather than a dream narrative, this is a tour through Gary's common dreamscapes--forgotten places, empty streets. Or ones you wish were empty...
|OCTOPIA: by Wayan; 1996/3/21, a spiritual dream-comic on play; ill. text version
I'm a stratospheric bat who finds a flying swastika. Is it creeping fascism or a Hindu blessing? Neither! An Octopian frisbee...
|ODE TO PSYCHE: by John Keats; 1819, a poem based on a dream-encounter
Keats met two winged lovers nesting in the woods: Eros and Psyche, the last Olympians, worshipless...
|OISIN: by Wayan; 2005-2013, 32 maps and images; a nondream virtual world
A model of a moon, half-Europa, half-Mars, with (intelligent?) life in seas under a skin of ice...
|ON MOLLY'S FOREHEAD: by Wayan, 1988/11/19, a spiritual sex dream.
A child of radicals goes wild in Rio. When we bail her out, we find she's had a strange enlightenment...
CAUTION: UNSAFE SEX
|ONCE A HERO: by Wayan; 185K total, 9 images, 1998/10/22, a raw dream-series.
Sexy dreams of Chinese archeology, authorized by the fairies, make me face that my family abused me...
|OOPSPACE: by Wayan; Wayan; a daydream/tribute watercolor, 1999
The poet e.e. cummings drew a book of astral fairytales with watercolors that felt a bit like my dreams...
|OUR BEST SONG: by Wayan; 1983/10/25, a decade-long dream of song and flight.
The artcops search-and-destroy our flying band, and my wings are shorn. But ten years later, songless, apathetic, I climb through my TV--and the women of Vietnam show me a new way to fly...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, ATTITUDE, ALTITUDE
|OZETTE ANGEL: by Wayan; 1992. Dream-tinged landscape.
West of Seattle, near Lake Ozette, a mudslide buried a whole Makah Indian village centuries ago...
|PEAK ANGEL: by Wayan; 1995, dreamlike but nondream digital collage.
A naked angel came and perched on a rock, pointing at a vista that seemed both alpine and undersea...
|PIER'S END: by Wayan, 1989/2/21, a Raymond Chandler dreamtale.
My detective lover warned me, "Stay away!" Now I'm trapped. Dare I follow the lion over the edge?
|PINE FOG: by Wayan; 1995; digital collage of dreamfigures.
A misty day in San Francisco's Presidio, where migrant pegasii graze on pine-tips and shadow witches nest...
|PLANET CAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/12, a First Contact dream of love.
I'm the first man on Planet Cat, falling in love with my guide. And then I'm the Cat, falling for an alien ape...
CAUTION: NUDE CAT
|PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 19 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
|POLE OF THE EMPIRE STATE: by Wayan; 2002/3/26, a nightmare not quite echoing 9/11, about suspension
I find myself clinging to a pole as tall as the Empire State Building. Can I slide down without falling? Or burning from friction? And... what's down there?
|POLES NOW, TROPICS LATER: by Wayan; 1997/3/27, a dream on the pace of change.
I'm a Martian revolutionary, making the glaciers grow. The equator's still dry, but change is coming...
|PONYBOY: by Wayan; 1982/12/9, a dream about the control room of dreams.
The child who runs with wild horses finds the secret spy-room of dreams! But no one's watching...
|PUMA ORGY: by Wayan; 1988/2/5, erasable crayon drawing of a dream.
I dreamed I had to go through the Animal Orgy to get to the City of the Shining Spirits on the horizon...
CAUTION: STRANGE SEX
|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
|REBORN IMMORTAL: by Reneta Scian; 2010/1/3, a three-stage flying dream
First I try to break the sound barrier like my girlfriend. Nope! Then I fly slowly to her apartment. Nothing flashy, but I make it. Last, I flash back to ancient China, where I land at a candle-lit temple dedicated to... me?
|THE RED THING: by Wayan; 1998. Digital portrait of a song.
You're looking down on a landscape at something red, scalloped and twisty. A barrier or a path to follow?
|RED UNCLE, RED CANYON: by JB Priestley; c.1907 and c.1925, two short dreams making long-term predictions
As a boy I dreamt my uncle (a calm man) glared at me in red rage; I was terrified. A decade later, in a bar...
I dreamt that over a balcony rail I saw bright-colored, spectacular scenery. Years after, I took a detour in Arizona...
|REDUCED TO THE STUDHOUSE: by Wayan; 1980/11/16, a warning dream.
I'm not a normal wolf: I'm a were-woman. When I turn wolf again, I'm in heat; but I want to be alone! So...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
|REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
|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
|RING OF WHITE WATER: by Wayan; 1983/1/30, an epic astral dream.
I'm a raft guide on a circular river that may just be reincarnation. One of my tour group jumps ship: she's scared of the white water of rocky relationships ahead...
CAUTION: METAPHYSICS, SEX, WEAK SOULS...
|THE ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1987, 14x17"; a watercolor map of shamanic dreaming
The Rem Road I travel every night, from rocks and flesh to spooks and stars...
|RUM JUNGLE: by Wayan; 1997? digital; map of the dreamworld.
Think of your dreams as a rainforest, clearcut every morning--unless you make the effort to remember...
CAUTION: TINY NAKED ANGELS
|RUNNER WITH A PORPOISE: by Wayan; 1999/10/30, a dream of spirits.
A Japanese high school athlete has no friends, till she starts meeting animal spirits on her long solo runs...
|SAINT HELENA: by Edmund Halley; 1676, a predictive dream.
Astronomer Edmund Halley had dreamed of sailing to St Helena in the South Atlantic, but didnít realize until he arrived how accurate his dreams had been...
|SAMURAI MARE: by Wayan; 1993/2/23, a time-travel dream.
A feral mare will only let me ride her if I quit being a Japanese diplomat and become... a Samurai!
|THE SAN DIEGO CENTAURS: by Wayan; 1985/1/9, a slice-of-life dream.
In San Diego, I fly around disrupting the UFO games in the junkyard, till I reconnect with a centaur friend
|SANDWORLDERS: by Wayan; 1996/1/28, a dreamtale on solitude.
At the beach, I meet some gregarious desert-world aliens who think loners are insane...
|SCISSORS AND FOX-FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/8/20, a marsupial flying dream.
Camping in strange mountains (Australia?), I can't sleep. So I nightwalk, and find I'm changing...
|SEA OF TIME: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/7/26. Digital sketch of astral dream.
I dreamed I was drowning in the Sea of Time, where dragons asked me questions. PAINFUL questions...
|SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia, "The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
CAUTION: ANARCHIST POLITICS, ALIEN NUDITY
|SHIVERIA: by Wayan; 840K, 25 ill., 2002-3, travelog/sculpture/sketches of an alternate Earth
I tilted the Earth, and worked out its new ecology--part Mars, part steambath. Visit the Mediterranean Abyss ruled by giant ravens, Patagonia, ruled by mammoths, and Antarctica's jungles, ruled by lemurs...
|SILKY'S SONNET: by Wayan; 1983/6/15, a love-poem to a nightmare.
A love poem to the black nightmare I kept meeting in my dreams, who finally married me...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
|MY SISTER'S GRAVITY WELL: by Wayan; 1995/4/25, a dreamtale.
We play with worlds for balls, and gravity wells for goals. How do the worlds see it? Well... I find out.
|SPACE NEEDLE: by Wayan; 1995/8/24, an erotic dream on architecture.
I'm a kid again, gawking at the Space Needle. But a woman stands before it, who no one else can see:
CAUTION: NUDITY, A SEXUAL PERSPECTIVE
|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
|SPORE FOREST: by Wayan; 1998. Watercolor, digital tweaking. Daydream image..
No dream, no plot. I saw myself as a horse grazing in a forest of giant mosses, lifting spore-packets...
|THE STAGMAN: by Wayan; 2000/4/7, waking landscape with dream figure.
A slightly surrealized San Francisco landscape--not that it needed much help...
CAUTION: PINK PAGAN TOES
|STANDING UP CITY: by Wayan; 1970? childhood imaginary world
As a kid, my Ecotopian fantasy city was hollowed out of living rock, with hanging gardens and terraces...
|STEALTH: by Wayan; 1992/1/15; digital painting of political dream.
I dreamed the Stealth Bomber wasn't a machine, but a gigantic Owl-god. And Stealth was worshiped...
CAUTION: CREEPING PACIFISM
|STONE DANCER: by Wayan; archaic (16-color!) image, 1991.
Not a dream--one night I just found myself painting Potatohenge...
|STORM OF HUGE RAINDROPS: by Albrecht Dürer; 1525/5/30, watercolor of a meteorological nightmare
The first drop struck about four miles away, with terrific force and thunder, breaking and drowning the land beneath...
|STORM WARNING: by Wayan, 1993/3/17, surreal comic of an atmospheric dream
Thirsty deer invade the hall. Children play in the dunes encroaching on the city. Will those ominous red clouds drop rain or sand?...
|SULFUR GROTTO: by Wayan; dreamed 1988/8/30, a psychic genderbent rescue-dream
I'm a teenage girl diving for treasure. In an eerie coral grotto reeking of sulfur I spot a diver in trouble... and wake to find the grotto is real..
|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...
|SUTRO PARK: by Wayan; 1990/11/2, digital painting of nondream surreal event.
The tale of the most truly sincerely religious revelation I've ever witnessed...
CAUTION: REAL WITCHES
|SUTRO RUINS: by Wayan; 1997, pencil/digital; waking landscape though it doesn't look it.
The ruins of the Sutro Baths in San Francisco were the setting for an otherworldly dream...
|SWALLOWS OF FOUR CORNERS: by Wayan, (Aug?) 1971, a childhood visionary feltpen drawing
Navaho country felt like home--the land, the art, the animals, the language. Trapped in suburbia, I drew...
|SWIMMING IN VAN GOGH'S OCEAN: by 'Amandaclay'; c. 2011/12/9, a dream of love and beauty
On a cruise to Catalina Island, I find friends, a boyfriend and a magical sea of color...
|TAROT: RENUNCIATION (8 of cups): by Wayan; 41K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Giving up a wall of material treasure for the moonlit path...
|TAROT: THE YIN-YANG EARTH (the Wheel of Fortune): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Earth is always shown from the side, never its axis. But from the pole, it's a vast wheel: the real Wheel of...
|TAROT: HOKULE'A (the Star): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Hokule'a, the "Star of Gladness", guided Polynesians across thousands of miles of ocean...
|TAROT: A JOVIAL INFLUENCE: by Wayan; 25K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jupiter's massive presence tugs its moons to geologic life. Just being exerts a power and a pull...
|TAROT: THE MOON (Full Tide: Life): by Wayan; 37K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Time, tide, cycles... In this phase, the hourglass is full, life brims over. Passion's time. Action's time...
|TAROT: THE SOLAR REVOLUTION: by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
The card of revolution! The old towers of strength come down, not through war but obsolescence...
|TAROT: TAHOE DRAGON: by Wayan; 34K. Tarot card from a 1980/8/16 dream.
A wild, happy, homicidal dragon who forced me to fight it midair over Lake Tahoe...
|TAROT: DREAMTIGER! (Strength): by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Find your strength in dreams: facing (and befriending) what you've feared, or fought...
|TAROT: THE UNICORN WELL (the Ace of Cups): by Wayan; 1991. Digital, based on Tarot card, 3x5".
The Well of Emotion, guarded by the Black Unicorn, the shadow of all the feelings you deny...
|THARN: by Wayan; 8.3MB (45 p, 200+ ill.), 2006, a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, spectacular moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, SCIENCE
|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
|THREE HORSE MARSH: by Wayan; 1983/9/27. Acrylic triptych, each panel 18 x 24", group ca. 2x5'
Dream-inspired landscape with herons and wild horses in a vaguely Japanese style...
|TICHANE: by Wayan; 1993-4. Nondream digital "woodblock print".
What the world looks like when you have environmental illness, like me...
|TIGER TALL: by Wayan; 1992/7/3, a marathon dream.
I'm a tiger from Planet Cat, visiting Earth to run in San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" race. I knew racial tensions were high, but why is William S. Burroughs out to kill me? Oh. Because...
|TILT!: by Wayan; 2002-3, a nondream study of four alternate Earths
I drilled new poles in my globe and tilted the Earth. Ice Age or Carboniferous? Flood or drought? Come visit tropical Antarctica, the Thai Desert, the Hawaiian glaciers, the jungles of France!
|TITANIA: by Wayan; 1981/12/7, 83/1/7 & 2/13 and 84/10/2 (a dream-epic in installments!) about love
Clarence the sappy angel from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Milton's Lucifer, noblest Devil of them all, land on Earth, offering treaties. Who to sign with? Clarence thinks we're perfect, and the Devil's a tinkerer, learning from failures. Failures like me, and my girlfriend Titania, the first android with a full range of feelings. Too bad one is the feeling she's fake...
|TOO MUCH TO BEAR: by Wayan; 1997/4/28, an alt-world calculatin' nightmare. (Small screen, slow downloads? Bear as text w/pics)
I dreamed that huge nouveau-riche polar bears invaded San Francisco, evicting us locals...
CAUTION: CORRUPTION, URSACIDE, MATH!
|TOPOGRAPHY OF EXCESS: by Wayan; 1997. Digital painting on digital painting.
They call it the information highway because we're all supposed to march in formation...
|TOWERS: by Wayan; 1998; digital. Inspired by flying dreams but no specific dream..
Cities are fun when you're a bird--all those updrafts and perches and nests with great views...
|MY TUTELARY UNCLE: by Wayan; 1993/5/28, a shamanic dream.
I'm half Anglo, half Kwakiutl. My uncle the shaman died, but he still wants to teach me his medicine...
|TWILIGHT'S OVAL GAME: by Wayan; 2017/10/4, a set of dreams arguing "Friendship is Magic"--literal magic.
I'm racked with guilt over failing to save a magic tree that fell and killed someone.
I play a giant pinball game--a tilted oval relief-map with pop-up origami creatures. But you can only win as a team of six friends...
A Caribbean girl with a weird aura tries to align two magic crystals to heal herself...
CAUTION: BREASTS, PONIES
|TWO PLANES: by Wayan, 1994/9/6, a multistaged psychic dream.
An assassination plot using two planes triggers an invasion of our kingdom. I'd rather be playing Frisbee...
|UNDER THE FUR: by Wayan, 700K total (5 p, 140K each), 1997/10/7; a color dream-comic
(or plain text version, just 10 K)
A strange creature slunk into our yard, carrying a skunk lunch. But she dropped her fur coat, and...
|RED-TAILED UNICORN: by Wayan; Sept. 1971?, a childhood icon in acrylic.
One of my first tries with paint--part Tibetan, part medieval, part hippie, part Navaho...
|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
|VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; 4.5MB; a virtual world with 130 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!
|VESTA ON ISIG MOUNTAIN: by Wayan; 1982/5/?? Erasable crayon, 11x14"; viewpoint of a dream character.
Vesta are animal guardians of the land. This isn't a portrait of a vesta, but how I see when I AM one...
|WAR IN THE RING: by Bruno Oliveira; May 2011, a happy nightmare
War, monsters, plague and bombs are just thrills spicing up this city rising from a tropical sea on an alien world...
|WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
|WATERFALL: by Wayan; 1986, ink blown up via Xerox, with acrylic wash; nondream.
A stylized waterfall, sort of a distillation of all those childhood summers camping in Yosemite...
|"WHAT SHARKS?": by Wayan; 1990/4/22, a dream of multiple viewpoints.
A cowgirl is driving us in circles round the dusty parking lot, fleeing the air-sharks... or is she?
|WHICH ROAD? 36K, 1999/1/13. Digital sketch of a dream.
I was on a path winding over grassy hills, while humans zoomed by on a freeway below...
|THE WHITE MARE OF TRANSFORM RANCH: by Wayan; 1982/2/18, a dream of a dream-grown-up.
I visit a dude ranch where you learn to be other species. A white mare I barely recognize says hello...
|WINDBAG!: by Wayan; 1982/7/24, ink, dream drawing
I didn't even think of "windbag" since it didn't talk a bit. That bag was all action--full of flying magic...
|WOLVES EVOLVE: by Wayan, 1983/11/11, a Darwinian dream.
After seeing 'Rear Window', Grace Kelly and I are wolf children in a pack that's quickly evolving into...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, CHILD SEXUALITY, WOLF-SLANDER
|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?
|ZYGOTE: by Wayan; 1999, a comic astral vision.|
It's true: after death, angels advise you where to go next. But what if you get an over-eager travel agent?
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