Alrighty! Excited to get started recycling some dreams! So I decided to start with Dream #2 because I instantly had an idea for it. Here's the dream so you don't have to go flipping between pages:
"I am walking down the street in Israel wearing a 40’s style dress in a vivid large floral print in two shades of purple, very big flowers, there is a narrow paten black belt with a small bow in the center. I am wearing a small brimmed black straw, dressy, hat."
Right off the bat I just had this vision of mysterious, twisty old streets in bleached sand colors with this vivid almost cartoon/paper-doll/fashion-drawing-cut-out of a woman in this vibrant dress. So how to make this? First I googled "Jerusalem street images" and picked some of my favorites as reference images. I was really struck by the pictures of the old city with it's stone stairs and archways. I also fell in love with the Dome of the Rock. I think I might try and incorporate a piece of it glinting in the distance somehow. We'll see.
I decided I wanted the piece to be at least partially dimensional. With this in mind, I decided to build a "canvas"/base that would suggest the streets and buildings and narrow walkways - glimpses into a different world. I have a bag full of scrap pieces of poster board and foam core waiting to be used up (rescued from the trash pile of a design firm) so I dragged that out first and started playing with different combinations of sizes and shapes. There was much haphazard measuring and cutting and swearing (because I am not so good at cutting in straight lines and my exacto knife blade was kinda dull). Here's a pic of some of the carnage:
Once I had all my pieces, out came the trusty glue gun for tacking them together. I took a pic when I was 3/4 of the way through the gluing process.
Here's the base "canvas" all tacked together:
This is where I stopped for the evening. Next up - Gesso and maybe some paper mache! Stay tuned :)