Unsent Letters

2013 Unsent Letters

This is true…

This painting is my first attempt at recreating a painting I made within a dream I had about a week ago ~ the title is the title that I dreamt “Unsent Letters”  I remember writing the title on the back of the painting.  I dreamt this after some interesting conversations with my daughter who was working on a project for school involving writing words or carrying words on her person…

For me painting is a process that starts off with an idea and it changes and evolves through the act of drawing and painting, often becoming something completely new ~ if I allow myself to be open to it

This painting was tough because I felt compelled to bring it back to the original memory from my dream and this is my first attempt – it feels awkward to me and requires another try.

For the best view click on the image.

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40 Responses to Unsent Letters

  1. stefanieshaw says:

    I wish I had materials to try painting my dreams… There are so many stuck in my head. I really like this, even if you feel it is awkward.

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  2. kiwiskan says:

    This is brilliant – the picture, the whole concept. You have an affinity with birds

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thanks so much for your support and very kind words. I really enjoy the fact that it all came from soe really interesting converstions with my daughter – a kind of subconscious collaboration. She urged me to try to illustrate the dream. All the best to you!

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  3. Jo Dunn says:

    It’s great! And now you won’t forget your dream, either.

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  4. ophelia says:

    I remember having such a strong dream once, I grabbed a notebook and drew a portrait in the dark! It wasn’t true to the dream, but I just felt I had to respond. Maybe dreams will always seem a little awkward when we bring them into the daylight – because they’re not at home here.

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thank you Ophelia! I think you are right, dreams are meant to live in our heads. It is interesting to try to convey the feelings and images, both for the process and the final result. A different way of seeing.

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  5. Renae Rude says:

    I love this painting. (And the story behind it.) If you don’t mind, I’ll link to this when I write that 2nd crow post I’m planning.

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  6. Like Your painting! Nice colors – fine crow 🙂

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  7. Tanisha G. says:

    That’s amazing that you could visualize what you saw in a dream. Within 5 minutes of waking up, I forget my dream. I think it looks great for your first attempt. I also like the one with the yellow background.

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    • sketchjay says:

      Hi Tanisha,
      Thanks for this! I almost never remember my dreams but when I do it is something very, very special, sometimes recurring… I have only dreamt about making art twice in my life, the other time was after my father died, more than 20 years ago. In my dream then, I tried to sketch, paint and collage his face because I thought that I would forget it. I never really attempted to recreate the piece once awake.
      This was so unusual – I appreciate your comments! All the best,
      Dawn

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  8. Trying to recall dreams makes me feel like I can’t quite catch up to a thought. It’s the runaway paper teasing me, letting me almost catch up to it before it flies off again. I love the depth in this painting, the way I can see layer upon translucent layer–just like a dream.

    Thank you for the inspiration to post a painting I bought from a wonderful artist in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the painting that serves as my muse. I’m going to juxtapose it with a sculpture my husband bought. The two share a living room but are at opposite ends of the muse spectrum. Stay tuned…

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. So sorry I haven’t responded sooner. I don’t ever feel satisfied with my depiction of my dreams because of all of the layers, experiences and feelings attached to them. Maybe it is a bit like photographing places you visit, it is a split second in the life of a dream as with a photograph, you may not feel the sun on your shoulders or smell the sea…
      Thanks so much fo stopping by and your very kind words. Looking forward to visiting your blog to see your latest post. All the best!

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  10. patgaig says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog the other day and “liking” the post. I’ve been enjoying your images. Are you related to Roni Henning? I took a silkscreen workshop taught by her in August 2010 (there are some posts from that time on my blog) at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. If so, small world, yes?

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    • sketchjay says:

      Hi Pat,
      Yes, Roni Henning is my mother! It is a small world. Thanks so much for this, I will tell her we connected and point out your blog. Your work is great. All the best, Dawn

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  11. patriciaherz says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog, I love your way of writing, as well as your work.I’m just learning to express myself through blog.On top of all my language is not English.I would like to follow your blog but I do not know which button I need to press.. 😉

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thanks for your kind words! You are doing a great job expressing yourself if English is not your first language. If you look on the main page of my blog it should give you the option for following somewhere on the right.
      Thanks again!!!

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  12. Candace says:

    That’s beautiful. I love your birds.

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  13. Love the words within your bird creating visual texture and mystery.

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    • sketchjay says:

      Oh Thanks so much! I was trying to illustrate what I saw in my dream but it seemed a bit flat to me…
      I really appreciate your taking the time to share your impressions!

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  14. Reinhardt says:

    Not awkward at all! I like this very much!

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  15. Jack Curtis says:

    I don’t see well enough to qualify as an art critic but if the bird is to look natural, he has to relax somehow. If he’s to be part of a frieze, he’s fine. I’m likely missing the point altogether, a talent I have… but I enjoyed it.

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    • sketchjay says:

      Your comments made me smile… You are right this bird is not at all relaxed, perhaps it is the weight of the words on his feathers! Thanks for stopping by I appreciate your comments and I like your blog very much! All the best!

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  16. Sharayah says:

    Wow, your birds are all breathtaking. I found your blog after noticing that you liked a recent comic of mine (the red-winged blackbird) and I’m so glad I did! I also have a love affair with birds, so your art speaks right to my soul. 🙂

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thanks so much for this! Your comic is great! Always nice to meet a fellow bird lover.
      Are you doing a bird series? That would be great… always new characters to develop if you consider all 10,000 birds!!! All the best!

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      • Sharayah says:

        Not an intentional series. I just like birds the best, so when I’m sketching or just playing around with new techniques or products, a bird is inevitably what comes out. 🙂 You’re right about the endless inspiration!

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  17. I like this painting so much as well as the dream which inspired it. The colors are appropriate to a dream—not sharp and discordant. It has a mellow feeling to it. The words written on the body are intriguing as is the Title. Very nice. Also thanks for visiting my blog. It’s nice to meet new people.

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  18. your birds are amazing =P

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