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Dreaming Letters

by marybeth , March 30, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: calligraphy, creative space, creative time, dreaming, healing

Today is a good day. I feel almost "normal". It may have something to do with a dream I had last night about painted roman letters. Unlike most high anxiety dreams where you can't do anything right, I was making little books and paintings with beautiful letters in my parents basement. (just go with it, it's dream) I had visitors from a California calligraphy society and they were going to be hosting the 2025 International Calligraphy Conference. Never too early to start planning a conference I say. Rather lucidly for a dream I thought, I'll be 69 at that conference. How cool. While there are a multitude of layers of deep psychological meaning here, I prefer to think that my unconscious mind is realigning itself with making art and making plans, two things I do just because I can. The last few weeks have been frustrating because my creative life came to a smoking, tire screeching, halt. I have ideas in my head but have not the time, the focus or physical strength to act on them. File for later. As I have said many times before, "down time" is a misnomer. It's not "down" at all. It' s a shift from active output to inner percolating. It's OK that I don't sketch while waiting in Doctor's offices. It's acceptable that I lie down instead of puttering in the studio. There is a whole lot going underground that will surface when the time is right and I am ready to work. In the meantime, I am content to dream about beautiful letters.




  Ruth ( homepage )

10/16/2008 * 14:41:16

Hi MaryBeth,

I love your idea of dreaming letters. Have you done any more I can see please? The colours are wonderful:-)

Do take a look at my blog one day please:-)


  Mary Lawler ( homepage )

04/07/2008 * 08:57:57

You can abscond with anything you like. I'm happy it struck a cord, it's hard to think of you with any down time. I am happy to hear you are teaching, I have been a fan of your work since I first found it a couple of years ago and I hope things are going well for you. Will we see you again at Paradise City?


  Anna Velez

04/06/2008 * 11:24:43

Mary Beth, I want to thank you for including me in your blog list. While I haven't known you for very long I have thought about you and shown the magazine article on paper quilts to my class as I began in January.
I hope you don't mind my absconding with your quote on "down time" - I intend to print something up in large font and post it on my wall above the computer to remind myself about my own "down time". I usually recognize prolonged inactivity as a time when something in my work will change. But your words were a perfect expression of that feeling. Perhaps this dream is a prelude to your own - "quotable quotes" illuminated?
I look forward to your continued progress down the ever changing paths that life takes us.


  Michael Mize ( homepage )

03/30/2008 * 21:26:15

Well the surreallists have shown us that dreams can be the catalyst for some truly fantatic and memorable art. So dream on, but be sure to take notes for later!

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