anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Helpful Daydreams

Friday, December 15, 2006

Illustration Friday - Helpful Daydreams


Daydreamer - 24" x 24" - acrylic on canvas - work in progress based on the drawing

We all daydream, perhaps spending one-third to one-half our waking hours moving in and out of a series of short waking dreams that usually last only a few minutes. Yet in a world so focused on productivity and achievement, slipping into that fuzzy place between the conscious and subconscious mind is often perceived as a self indulgent waste of time. Universal as it is, we hide our moments of diurnal reverie, like some naughty pleasure, from employers, teachers, friends, and family lest they think we're slacking off, not paying attention, or avoiding reality. Daydreaming has certainly been given a bad rap, but in fact, its benefits far outweigh any of its negative aspects.

Henry David Thoreau once said that "our truest life is when we are in dreams awake," suggesting that there is much to be gained from allowing ourselves to follow our muses into the land of imagination and possibility. Sigmund Freud studied the benefits of daydreams, and contemporary research also indicates that daydreaming helps individuals in a variety of ways, from managing conflict to boosting productivity and creativity.

Daydreaming is a practice that has served humankind well since ancient times. In the third century BC, the great mathematician Archimedes solved the mystery of the gold crown , which King Heiro II of Syracuse believed was tainted with another metal, by daydreaming in his bath. And although many of us believe that creative daydreaming is the exclusive domain of famous inventors and artists, it has begun to regain its status as a problem solving and creative tool in the workplace where guided imagery and daydreaming are used, with much success, to generate fresh, innovative ideas.

I know that most of my best ideas come when I let my mind wander. It's like the walls come down, allowing words and images to flow through my head where I can capture them like slippery fish in my net of consciousness. I dream of paintings, places, conversations, the past and the future, problems and solutions... really anything that wants to rise to the surface... and so many of these little dreams find their way into the things of which I am most proud.

How have your daydreams helped you? I'd love to know!

70 Comments:

Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely poetic illo!!

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the painting carla... very "dreamy"... i daydream everyday. i need breaks from the reality of the phone, computer, children, students, etc... so my little personal time allows me to wander in a creative manner. they help me develop my artwork.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It helps me to daydream every day about my dreams for myself, my loved ones and the planet! This is a thoughtful and beautiful painting and post and so nice to hear from you! Hope your holidays are merry and bright!~valgalart

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great looking painting finished or not

9:44 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

I always enjoy your artwork and your thoughtful prose. Your self portrait is beautiful. Me, I day dream every chance I get. Is that why the cheese was in the cabinet last week?

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful piece.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

This is wonderful. There is a forlorn feeling in a way... reminiscent of daydreaming!

11:02 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I love her feet! There's just something about them... As for the figure, I know how she feels! Looking forward to the final product (though it looks pretty much done to me now).

11:10 PM  
Blogger isay said...

lovely legs!

i daydream a lot and tries to visualize something over and over in my mind and some of them really happens....and my one and only daydream that doesn't leave me are my visions of seeing all my siblings and their families, especially my younger sister and her family in good health and having a good life.

.......thanks

1:20 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This painting is very sensual, and is also captures the daydreamer beautifully.

I hadn't given it a great deal of thought, but I like the way you present daydreams as a positive thing. I believe you're right. When I let my mind wander it's as if I've taken a little vacation and whatever I was struggling with doesn't seem so difficult when I turn my attention back to it. Or, as you say, I let my mind drift from one thing to another until something will suddenly trigger an inspiration. I love when that happens! I feel energized and excited, ready to dive in!

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the ultimate daydreamer!
And my daydreams often help me escape reality.
This can be a good thing but if one does not watch out, too much daydreaming could blur the line between reality and fiction.
So like with everything else, one should always keep at least one foot on the ground.
Wouldn't mind seeing the finished product.
Cream

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the ultimate daydreamer!
And my daydreams often help me escape reality.
This can be a good thing but if one does not watch out, too much daydreaming could blur the line between reality and fiction.
So like with everything else, one should always keep at least one foot on the ground.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the ultimate daydreamer!
And my daydreams often help me escape reality.
This can be a good thing but if one does not watch out, too much daydreaming could blur the line between reality and fiction.
So like with everything else, one should always keep at least one foot on the ground.

Wouldn't mind seeing the finished product.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Ooooooh, very sultry! Nice.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the ultimate daydreamer!
And my daydreams often help me escape reality.
This can be a good thing but if one does not watch out, too much daydreaming could blur the line between reality and fiction.
So like with everything else, one should always keep at least one foot on the ground.
Wouldn't mind seeing the finished product.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous cream said...

Sorry about the stutter, Carla.
Blogger is being awkward!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This painting is gorgeous! The pose, the colors and the placement of each element is perfection! I really think this is one of your best and it evokes so many feelings. The comments you posted are so interesting and add to the allure of the illustration. Your work invites people to look, to dream, and to stay!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How beautiful and serene!
My daydreams are those of positive reinforcements...how I would like to be and live my life :)

11:34 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Fabulous picture Carla and you are so right about the value of daydreaming.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

just plain lovely; I enjoy watching the direction of your artistic process!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

This is such a lovely scene and it is amazing how effective that one un-colored flower is. Caught my eye right away.

12:59 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

tender and beautiful scene, Carla

I didn't read your post already, buy promise to do tonight...

nice wekkend!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Nice to see you again! And with such an inspiring post. The painting is so bright and cheerful. I love her posture and how she seems so content in her daydreaming. Wonderful job on the flowers and her toenails!!

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! I love the mood in this, and I love the colors - especially the green background!

Anette
www.wynlen.no

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very pretty. i love the use of bright colors.

thanks for your comment on my flower (~.^)

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

This is a beautiful painting,wonderful colours and textures.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect illustrated painting for daydreams. In fact I cannot help but stare at it and daydream this moment. That is how it is for me. I see something that triggers ideas, moments, feelings. I get answers in dreams awake when I ask. I go to bed asking and wake with ideas. You know those last few moments when you wake up and lay there daydreaming.

8:26 AM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Absolutely, yes they do, life would be so dull without them! I find they help to keep me focussed in a non-pressurised way on the things I really want and care about.

And by the way this painting is just beautiful.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Carla...this is gorgeous! And I always love that you take the time to write something very moving.
Great job! How much will the painting be?

Thanks for your nice comments :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger RonniHall said...

What a beautiful painting. It looked like pastel, so soft and dreamy. Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

This post was so inspiring, Carla. Thanks. I was just reading Erich Fromm in The Art of Loving talking about how backward our society is in giving priority and reward to those who are constantly working, always moving toward the achievement of a worldly status, while the best thing that one can do for oneself is sit quietly and experience being--which is certainly a kind of daydreaming.

I love your bohemian daydreamer and that romantic quintessential Carla-esque flower in her hand. She makes me daydream of summer in some gorgeous European flat. Beautiful work.

1:53 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

You and the flower in your hand seem to be in communion, perhaps the flower took you to a beautiful place or vice versa.
The painting is a feast, and your thoughts-interesting.
So fine!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how beautiful! I really love it-the positioning, the colors. Wowee girl.
Hugs and love

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite activity, daydreaming and you captured very well the feeling. So beautiful!!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Good thoughts! I'd have to agree-- everything I'm doing in my life now was once a daydream. I think the key is using dreams to improve our lives, and not just substitute them for our living!
Lovely image!

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

The daydreams aren't very helpful. I usually have to force my consciousness at gunpoint to stay focused.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Roland Mechael said...

beautiful work!
interesting thoughts about daydreaming!---i just realized that most of the time i'm awake were spent daydreaming! ;)

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful dreaming image, and I love the colours.

It's a real good starter to your thoughts of daydreaming. I do like your way of turning it from the bad way, as many of us have learned, to a very good thing.

For me, it's not easy to say, what's daydreaming and what's brainstorming, which can be more or less realistic. This can be personal, creative and other more practical things. In the coming holi-days there might be place to daydreaming..

And thank for your kind comments.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Carla...thanks for stopping by...this piece is very cool! so beautiful and love it a lot! take care!

12:03 PM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Hello.
Really like the long-legged effect here...and yup, day-dreaming does have its benefits...
:)
Cheers!

12:54 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Hey! What a wonderful post & beautiful image ~ as always!

I myself, daydream almost all the time ... when I am in my own company & like you ... my best creative moments occur then. Without the daydream ... where would our art come from!

Again, great post & fabulous quotes.
Happy holidays!

Smooch,
The Tart
; *

4:01 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Beautiful job Carla! Good to see you back again!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another amazing piece!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, the hypnotists say that daydreaming is a form of self-hypnosis. Wonderful stuff, and I really like the lady lost in her wanderings.

Daydreams are my touchstone; my connection between what I wish would be and what I know can be.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Beautiful image!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Steph said...

Hi, Carla! Lovely illo. :) I daydream practically every minute of the day! hehehehehe. That's where I get most of my ideas so I stopped feeling guilty when I catch myself doing it. A tool of our trade, I guess.

I love your blog, BTW. Hope you don't mind, I will include it in my blogroll. :)

Oh, and thanks for dropping by my blog! Pooh the bear is doing fine.

2:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love this picture and the post that goes with it--lovely artistic work in warming colors and very helpful ideas, I deeply agree with what you've said. Mary :-D

2:00 PM  
Blogger Valaine said...

Hey Carla,
This is so sensual and it feels as if I shouldn't be watching her enjoy her daydreaming. Its almost sacred. The web drawing came to me while waiting to fall asleep the other night. I like how you described your images as "slippery fish" because I know that the images that flash before my mind our fleeting. I had to get out of bed and find paper and a pencil to do a quick sketch of it! Anyways, love your paintings especially "clear"! ^_^ Bye!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Carla! Thanks for coming to see my mousie house!
I LOVE this painting! The colors, the pose, the mood. It makes me want to be her...
I'm wishing for acrylic paints for Christmas!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Oh this is very sexy.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

This is absolutely gorgeous - didn't realise it was a work in progress can't wait to see the final thing because i think it looks amazing as it is!!:)

7:54 PM  
Blogger kj said...

oooh, carla, another inspiring post along with a sensual woman with the sexiest toes! you always make me think. and then dream.

the many people who visit your blog are a tribute to your efforts and importance! thank you!

:)

10:25 PM  
Blogger esillustration said...

wow your style is so pretty. id like to see your work in a museum some day. cheers!

1:41 AM  
Blogger XROXXIEX said...

I like the painting it is great. Like how you portrayed that women.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

I never daydream. I plan! I think. Therefore I am












NOT daydreaming.


yk yk


Great illustration. I love the black lace. Very nice.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Lovely Carla. Is this a self portrait? :)

1:07 PM  
Blogger rocket said...

Oh, this is so beautiful, it's been a long while since I last came to see your work. Sorry, have been sooo busy.
Always love your flowers, everything you do reflects upon yourself, and I can see how femmin you are.

3:27 PM  
Blogger victoria said...

Love this Carla. The mood, the colors.

I daydream all the time. The best times for revelation and creative breakthroughs come to me on long walks and inner conversation with myself.

4:14 PM  
Blogger getzapped said...

This is a great post. Love your image. She's so in her own lovely world! Daydreaming allows me to let go and see what lies below the surface. A chance to unwind and play.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

I suppose I'm dreaming when I'm drawing in my sketchbook. Nice thoughts Carla....

11:33 AM  
Anonymous hartini said...

Wow, your work amazes me all the time! Love the green wall - I'm a big fan of apple green.

I think I'm too realistic - I need to daydream more so I can be more creative... :D

12:15 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Beautifully designed and a lovely color scheme, Carla. This is very different from most of your other pieces. I always look forward to seeing your work.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rapturous, tryly elegant and lovely!

7:05 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Elegant as Scribblesk said...yes that is the perfect word! Beautiful Carla.

Daydreams, I do believe I'm a bit of a master of daydreaming:)))
The bad news is, sometimes after daydreaming a really neat idea... I think that is enough work and don't want to make it real:)))I'm such a lazy butt!!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this painting Carla. It's beautifully composed (lots of fun and interesting negative shapes). I look forward to seeing the finished piece (though it looks finished to me as is). Thanks also for the encouragement to day dream. I used to get told all the time as a kid to stop daydreaming and get going!

11:27 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Amazing! The colors just blow me away. It's so dreamy and alive. I could look at it for hours! Beautiful! I haven't painted in a while. This really makes me want to pick up a paint brush,

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely ... it almost looks like she's dusting the floor or holding her heart down there. I know I always have wacky interpretations of your work, huh? Cheers Carla!

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Yari said...

I am always daydreaming...And some people tell me I am wasting my time. They don't know why they live!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Carla

Long time.. I hope you ok,
Now Im cheking the creative directory and writing to everyone who is linked with my old blog.. My old blog doesnt exist anymore I would really appreciate if you could change my old link for this one http://virginiavalle.blogspot.com/

By the way all your post are really nice. I hope we can stay in touch

Regrads

Virginia

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Carla

Long time.. I hope you ok,
Now Im cheking the creative directory and writing to everyone who is linked with my old blog.. My old blog doesnt exist anymore I would really appreciate if you could change my old link for this one http://virginiavalle.blogspot.com/

By the way all your post are really nice. I hope we can stay in touch

Regrads

Virginia

10:10 PM  

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