02/06/2005: "The "Gift" of Insomnia? (Would you like Alpha Waves with That?)"
Saturday night I couldn't get to sleep...I stayed up until 3:00am which isn't unusual for me on a weekend night, but then it turned to 4am, 5am, 6am...and I felt completely wide awake. I finally went to bed but just lay there listening to CDs for hours; the amazing thing is that while I was lying there all the images for the April solo came to me, one after the other. I can still see exactly how I want each piece to look when it's finished. This takes a lot of pressure off, since up until this weekend I knew what theme I wanted to work on for the show but I didn't have any specific images.
I did start one painting Sat. afternoon, prior to getting the insomnia...maybe starting work on the project is what got my brain so fired up to begin with. My friend Jen came by and posed as though she were playing a fiddle. Then I pieced a bunch of individual images together with a photo I took last summer in the fireweed field out by the airport. Below is the PhotoShopped image of how the first painting will look (more or less)and I've already got the first layer of paint down on that big 30x40 canvas I mentioned earlier.
I wanted this one to look as though the woman is standing waist high in the windy grasses while she plays the fiddle. I was in that field and the grass really was that high, I'm just not sure if it comes across that way in the painting, or if the perspective looks off. And if it is off, what should I do to fix it? I was going to have her clear in the foreground, but what I love about the landscape photograph is all the movement of the grass in the foreground that I'm knifing in (any thoughts Dio :) ) so I didn't want to cover that up with the figure.
Also, I nearly finished the cat painting for the KTOO charity show. I didn't get anything practical done this weekend but I feel like I've accomplished a lot. Getting insomnia can make you feel like you're losing your mind, but it has its good points as well. Does anyone else feel they get their best ideas late at night lying in bed unable to sleep, or is it just me? I mean, I know people have creative experiences right before sleep, from entering an alpha state...I'm not talking about that. I talking about being wide awake from a brain you can't turn off.