Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Challenge of The Dream

"If You Dream" by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 20" x 28"

"Our dreams take us into other worlds, alternative realities that help us make sense of day-to-day life. Dreaming is a connection to our unconscious.`" - Tom Hodgkinson

When The Dream Presents Itself, Follow!

During this 30 Day Challenge it seems that the topic of dreams keeps coming up. That's mainly because I've been reading "How To Be Idle" by Tom Hodgkinson and using it as a way into my blog posts. His comments about dreaming and daydreaming are particularly interesting to me because they give me a way to look at my paintings. 

Could it be that my paintings are the manifestations of daydreams? These figures and the setting they are in are dreamlike, are pure imagination, are the stuff dreams are made of. And, if that is the case, then I am winning the challenge to be idle.  

Best part is - it was fun!  


  1. This is so like a dream. So many different scenes, each seemingly unrelated. Traveling through them, everything makes sense. There are so many figures here, and some you may not have even intended. Windows and doors... The dream is so profound, but when you try to decipher it in the morning it will seen silly and nonsensical. The message remains a mystery.

    1. Yes. I also think the dream is with us all the time. We just have to tune into it. Look out the window! :-) Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Love this one Jim! You are so inspiring!

  3. I'm so glad that you like it! Thanks so much.