Dream it and then go make art

The Sparkle Experiment small creative play equals connection

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Is there anything you can take from your dreams to spark an idea, piece or project? The beginning plot for a story or poem? Could you make a poem about what happened? Or draw a cartoon of a scene, draw a picture or use shapes and colours to represent what you experienced? Vincent Van Gogh’s famous quote “I dream my painting and I paint my dream,” speaks of the possible relationship between dreams and art-making. Mark Chagall advice to David Cethlahe Paladin was “Listen to the story, dream it, and paint the dream”

Does anything spark your curiosity? If you dream of birds – go find a book on birds and flick through it, watch for them in real life or doodle wings. Notice patterns and reoccurring themes. There’s a whole world of dream analysis but for this purpose, see you dream as a movie you directed and mine it for inspiration. What would the poster for your dream movie look like? What category of film is it? What are the main themes?

Your dreams can hold a lot of information if you can remember them. Keep a notepad within reaching distance from bed so you can note down any details immediately when you wake. It’s more likely you’ll remember them then compared to later in the day.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney