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Dream art in the styles of woodblock, monoprints, lithographs, scratchboard etc. Of course many are digital or hybrid, not traditional--I put it here if it looked like a print. I'm intrigued by that look--the idea of limited colors and an inherent grain in the medium--it's so much like what we early digital artists (do you remember the 20th century?), had to work with--limited palettes, jaggy pixels. So why not make a virtue of necessity?

But printmaking also reminds of dreamwork. It can be an art, and dreams can intentionally make art (and tell you "Hey stupid, it's art," like Jung's anima--not that he believed her), but both are indirect--the dream is like, say, Hokusai's brush drawing, which then gets carved on a printing block (written in a journal) scrupulously but never perfectly, by an assistant (the conscious mind) who may not understand the master's intent; and it acquires a certain grain inherent in the wood (in the words); and what others see is yet another step removed, a transfer from that block/journal, colored (edited)... With so many steps to distort the data, boldness works best.

Dreaming itself may be private (though I have my doubts just how private: see dream telepathy) but WRITTEN and PAINTED dreams are, in a weird way, cooperative ventures. Not an art form for control freaks!

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BEAR READ DUNE: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/1/28, painted 10 years later.
There are many astral planes--this world's just the cellar.
A cat and a bird in love, a literate bear and I guard the astral stair...
BUTTERFLY: by Zhuang-zi; about 300 BC, a dream questioning identity.
I dreamed I was a butterfly, fluttering about, content with my lot. Suddenly I awoke and was Chuang-tzu again...
CAT REPELS DINOSAURS: by Wayan, 1984/8/12, a film-inspired surreal dream
DAY: I thorn-puncture my hands while gardening, and write stupid poetry about it...
EVE: I watch Little Darlings, a teen sex farce that turns weirdly serious...
DREAM: a Mysterious Pussy guards us librarians from stinky alien dinosaurs...
COMING TO THE JUMPING OFF PLACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 92/5/1, painting of an escape dream
Trapped on an island, spied on and controlled, we decide to jump off
a cliff and die; but as we jump, a spirit sneaks us off be reborn...
A DART IN HER CHEST: by Wayan; 1984/8/21, a predictive dream
A woman loses patience with sexual harassment in an Air Force training program, and
stages a die-in. But why's she wrapped in an orange towel, why a dart in her chest?
DATIN' DEMON: by Mark Varitz and Wayan; 1989/12/3; Mark's dream triggers one by Wayan.
I meet my personal demon, and discover it has a personal demon: me! Am I worse than my Shadow?
DOG THIRST: by Cecy and Wayan; 1991/10/7, shared or telepathic dreamlets
CECY: In a desert, a thirsty dog jumps out of a tree--the first known dog suicide...
WAYAN: I'm a talking dog. Our owner denies us enough water, so we protest...
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...
FASCION: by Wayan; 1992/8/13. Nondream digital poster on beauty & gender
A sardonic little poster on dating-role reversal with helpful advice...
FISH BIRTH: by Katherine Metcalf Nelson; c.1978/11/15; a nightmare
My little son accidentally tears the tail off our goldfish. The wound
looks vaginal. The fish, moaning in pain, turns into my daughter...
FISH REMAINS: by Katherine Metcalf Nelson; 1985/9/18; a ritual closing-dream
On my 45th birthday, at the end of my eight-year dream-art project, I dream of a women's rite
turning scraps of chewed flesh into a whole fish I offer to the fishbowl in the heart of the Vatican...
FLIER MISJUDGES REEFWORLD: by Wayan; 2018/12/16, an otherworldly dream on... social media?
A girl from a low-gravity, dense-air world, where you strap on wings and fly, tours a
world of tropical atolls with me. I love sailing, but flight's spoiled her for it--too slow...
HORSE IN A TAILWIND: by Wayan; 1982; study of a dream character
It looks like a study of negative shapes, but if you happen to be a part-time horse, like me...
LEONINE TRINITY: by Wayan; 1991/2/3-2/11 digital print of recurring trinity (first dream 1987/11/28?)
A goddess in a dream once told me to seek 3 and only 3 qualities in a mate...
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...
"NOHOR!" YELLED THE NIGHTMARE: by Wayan; 1982/12/27, a passionate nightmare.
I dreamed a black mare was howling "Nohor!" At first I thought she meant "I'm not just a horse", but...
PEGASUS: by Wayan; 1991. Digital "woodblock print" of recurring dreamfigure.
This strong slender mare is how most of my flying dreamhorses look: a practical lot, they know...
THE PLANTER OF SEEDS: by Victoria Goro-Rapoport, 2011, print based on recurring dreams
I often dream I'm lost in a strange city, wandering the unfamiliar streets
in search of something unknown, and possibly unknowable...
PLUMBER'S HELPER: by Katherine Metcalf Nelson; 1981/12/8; a punning spiritual dream
A stopped-up mystical toilet gets cleared by an unexpectedly colorful tool;
but then, you never anticipate what'll unplug your, um, "head"...
POOL OF TRUTH: by Katherine Metcalf Nelson; 1983/10/1; a dream of shamanic descent
Night. A massive crash on the highway. Bodies strewn. Sickened, I descend a spiral stair to the Pool
of Truth. It gives no answers. Women spout platitudes. I go on, in pain, down past the polar bears...
RAGNHILD'S TREE and HALFDAN'S CURLS: by Queen Ragnhild and King Halfdan of Norway; c. 850 AD,
twin dreams predicting their children and nation will prosper.
Ragnhild sees a lovely tree rooted in her pain and blood;
Halfdan sleeps with pigs and dreams he has a great head of hair...
RESERVATION FOR BIZARRE AND EXTINCT BEASTS: by Orion Scribner; before 2003/9/7; ukiyoe of a dream
A futuristic science fiction adventure dream. We rode a feathered, bipedal dinosaur, and got chased by...
ROBINSON JEFFERS AS A SHAMAN: by Wayan; 1996/7/28, a life-review, with 2016/10/22 followup
Jeffers, that harsh, visionary, ecological poet, seems drunk on Darwinism,
blind to kindness--or is he just reporting Big Sur's true, mean spirit(s)?
RONALD REAGAN STOLE MY SOUL!: by Wayan; 1983/3/7; a dream-comic
I was a robot who had a soul--till the Reagans stole it! I track them down, and
demand it back. Simply confronting them works--the hole inside me is filled...
TICHANE: by Wayan; 1992/11/7. Nondream digital "woodblock print".
What the world looks like when you have environmental illness, like me...
WHAT E.S.P. IS FOR: by Wayan; 2012/12/10, three dreamlets on my real nature and purpose
I dream ESP isn't just for oneself.
A romance between a wolf singer & a deer guitarist.
I'm furry too, and better accept it!
WOODCUT: by Wayan; 1998/8/13. Digital "woodblock print" of dream-self.
Cartoony self-portrait as I paint with Persephone's pomegranate paintbrush. A mock woodblock print...

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