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Inspiring Places: Visiting Neverland


(originally printed with painting)

"Dream Scape", Submitted by R.C. Aitken, 

B&W from an original watercolour.

     This month, Inspiring Places invites you to a nice, cozy indoor location: your dream world. We couldn't find any photos for you, though maybe our good friend Salvador Dali could've. Dali was fond of taking snapshots of his subconscious.

     Our dreams may bring to mind the earliest pages of our life, making fresh the memory, complete with the joy and pain. On remembering our youth, we may try to express it with the skills and experiences of an adult. A closing remark from the movie "Stand By Me" illustrates the new perspective an adult may gain of their own childhood: "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anybody?"

     An R.E.M. visit into one's own past can be the perfect antique mirror from which to draw a self-portrait.

     Dreams may also introduce brand new understandings of our world or ourselves. Some artists, such as Dali, intentionally harvested their dreams for new material. In the 1960's, hypnotic drugs planted in the fertile minds of youth yielded a bumper crop of outlandish works. 


     Whether based on our discernable past or of completely imaginative origin - or even a nightmarish byproduct of last night's chilidogs - our dreams can be used as a reliable source of artistic inspiration.



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