Each week I set a creative challenge. This week’s challenge was:

Log your dreams after every night and visualize them in any medium you want.

What was difficult?
Remembering my dreams. Sometimes I woke up and didn’t remember anything, sometimes I would remember but by the time I made the effort to write them down I had already lost them, and in some cases I would remember while writing them down to find out that when I re-read them they didn’t ring a bell at all.
Combining a hectic schedule with my creative challenge was hard as well, which is why I decided to take a bit longer for this challenge.

What was fun?
Being made aware of my dreams. One morning I wrote down my dreams but by the time it was afternoon I forgot what it was, so I read my little scribble that said something like ‘extreme tropical island where monkeys fought for Annemijcke (Annemijcke is my sister)’. It’s quotes like these that made me laugh.
Fingerpainting was fun as well.

What did I learn?
I have more positive dreams when I sleep well and have nothing to worry about. During week days I often had dreams in which I felt anxiety or was chased, embarrassed or was out of time. During the weekends I seemed to have dreams that were happy, filled with toyshops and situations in which I played the hero. It makes me wonder about the impact of my subconscious…
This challenge I tried some messier approaches to capture my dreams, like finger-painting and quick dirty models. Because it is messy it makes it impossible to get details ‘right’. This handicap enabled me to experience more freedom and it made me less worried about ‘making mistakes’.


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    Lina @ Chopping Vegetables

    November 20, 2011 at 17:00

    I love the banana drawing! I wish I could draw….

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    November 20, 2011 at 23:41

    I really like your blog! I will try to do your next creative challenge:)

    Thanks for the comment on my little blog:)

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    November 21, 2011 at 02:17

    Cool! You’re a wonderful artist, Marielle.

    I wanted to email you and say thanks for leaving those beautiful comments on my blog. I really appreciate them. It’s been tough but hearing such nice things from you helps.


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    November 21, 2011 at 11:12

    I love your little models! My boyfriend broke up with me a couple of weeks ago, and this weekend I had a dream that…my boyfriend broke up with me! I was like, “thanks, Brain, I really needed reminding of that while I was ASLEEP!” In my best ever dream, I was involved in a James-Bond-style speedboat race with Pink. The singer, Pink.

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    November 21, 2011 at 20:26

    That last drawing is so adorable. And what a great idea for inspiration. I always ind myself in a doodling mood but not knowing what to draw. Why not dreams? =) x

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    Magical Day Dream

    November 21, 2011 at 22:21

    @ Lina: Thanks! You could try and practice :) Above all you should like doing it.. and if you don’t there might be other things you love doing :)

    @Maria: Thank you! Feel free to join any challenge you like! I don’t want to make people feel like if they join in they should do all, or they should do them in some kind of order.. Just do whatever you like, and if you like a challenge you can take it on and get inspired (hopefully) Anyway, I would love to hear if you do!

    @Halley: Thanks for letting me know. Sometimes there is not much you can say to make things better.. and I wish I could.. however it’s only in the small things that we make an impact.. and even if it is very small I hoped it helped a little…

    @ Elini: Oh no! I hate that! I occaisionally have dreams like that as well where bad things happen again or my biggest fears come true (like, I just got my drivers license and am still a bit scared.. and then I will dream I killed somebody in a car accident :S ) But I love your best dream whaha. I sometimes have such weird dreams and then I tell others about them, especially if they were in them, and they normally just look at me like I’ve gone mad.

    @Nikkijoy: Yes fun right? And the thing about dreams is that they often are absurd, which is a nice thing to get inspiration from I think.. :)

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    A Splash of Ida

    November 23, 2011 at 13:47

    I like it when you said that “This handicap enable me to experience more freedom and it made me less worried about ‘making mistakes’”. Sometimes, we tend to be focused more on not making mistakes that we somehow take for granted the real essence of what we are doing. :-) Oh, and we have the same thing of having better dreams when we sleep well. Sometimes, my gauge of whether I had a good sleep was whether I had a good dream or a bad one. hahhaa. :-)

    It was nice reading about your dreams, Marielle! :-)


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    Magical Day Dream

    November 25, 2011 at 19:29

    @ Ida: (that should be ‘enabled’, spelling mistake, I corrected it in my post) But you are right, and I guess that might be one of the biggest challenges in being creative. Not listening to all those negative critical useless thoughts and comments (I’m not talking about constructive feedback here). Yes right, sometimes when you wake up in a certain emotion of a dream it automatically becomes ‘the emotion of the day’. Or the other way around. Not sure ;)


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