First one! - Recycling Dream #2 - Day 1

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:

Yes I was cutting stuff out on my floor.  Nowhere near enough table space in my living room/studio. Someday I'll have a dedicated studio space with LOTS OF TABLES....Someday...

Yes I was cutting stuff out on my floor.  Nowhere near enough table space in my living room/studio. Someday I'll have a dedicated studio space with LOTS OF TABLES....Someday...

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. 

Yes, my space is kinda messy - lots of stuff in a small space and i like to be able to see all my materials so I can grab at will. 

Yes, my space is kinda messy - lots of stuff in a small space and i like to be able to see all my materials so I can grab at will. 

Here's the base "canvas"  all tacked together:

Sorry for the crappy picture quality - it's from my iphone in low-light conditions.

Sorry for the crappy picture quality - it's from my iphone in low-light conditions.

This is where I stopped for the evening. Next up - Gesso and maybe some paper mache! Stay tuned :)