CED March Theme: Dreams

February 23rd, 2009

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The *totally optional* theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge in March will be Dreams.

How can you use this theme in your creations? Well, you could use the previous themes to help you brainstorm by getting playful and writing all the ways you could intepret the theme. Or perhaps you will dream something up?

If you need some suggestions, I will be posting about the theme throughout the month. Here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:

  • *Keep a dream journal
  • *Use your dreams (or nightmares) as the basis for art
  • *Read about artists who used dreams as a source of inspiration
  • *Explore your dreams for the future in a dream board
  • *Practice Dreaming Big
  • *Turn your dreams into poems
  • *Play with visualizations to spark your creativity

How to use the themes:

If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving. 

Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.

Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

And have fun with it!

I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious. -Andrew Wyeth

p.s. The painting above was one I was working on this week and it seemed to fit the them nicely. It was created with acrylic and ink on watercolor paper. I added the theme word to it in Photoshop.

34 Responses

That is such a beautiful painting, Leah. I think this is the first time I see a ‘woman in the moon’ instead of a ‘man in the moon.’ Original, and enchanting.

this is *BEAUTIFUL*, Leah! WOW. I love it. And what a great challenge for March– perhaps this’ll be the month that I FINALLY join in!! xoxo

I’m such a dreamer. Can’t wait to get started on this one. love your painting…so dreamy!

I too am inspired by this theme. I would love to join in. I’ll be thinking about my dreams both day and night. This painting is so inspiring and lovely.

Your painting is so lovely and ethereal, Leah. I like this theme of “Dreams”. It has tons of potential for creativity.

Great choice!


I did my MFA theses (2 of them) on dream poetry and have been keeping a dream journal for many years and have gone to Robert Moss’s dream workshops (and others) and write lots of dream poetry, but haven’t done much dream art. This should be fun.

My guess is that I will want to also continue with the previous two themes, too!

PS: I love the dream piece, it is melancholy and sweet and lovely and evocative.

(That was my critical and creative theses I did on dream poetry).

I just wrote a poem that has dreaming as a critical part and will hopefully post it and link it. It would fit all three month themes, in a way (a strange way, admittedly).

I love the dream theme! Of course Chagall comes to mind. Your artwork often has that same dreamy quality. Thanks for another inspiring topic.

Leah` this is absolutely beautiful! I drew a moon almost exactly like yours in a piece I was working on yesterday!! Quick question… is anyone having problems with the feed for creativeeveryday.com? Blogger is suddenly not recognizing the URL for some reason. (There is a HIGH probability this has to do with me! I just want the feed back! Suggestions?)

This is so beautiful, Leah! I love all the blues. It reminds me of my attachment to water!

Just after reading this I stumble, serendipious, on this


and this one


Love the painting!

Ooooh. This theme makes me feel funny in my tummy.

I think I can use it well.

Flying Girl may very well be a dream girl, kind of astral projection, so it certainly isn’t far off the track.

Soooo dreamy! Beautiful!

Love that you picked Dream for my Birthday month, like you I do most of my creating in my sleep, wish I could wake up long enough to get them on paper before they are gone or to understand what I jotted down in the dark, LOL

Wow! That painting is gorgeous! Dream on.

That was so beautiful..
Nice post,you always have a great post…
I’m really amaze…=)
Keep on writing friend.

that is an awsome painting… the whole piece has such a wonderfull feel to it!

I came here for inspiration and Wow. I am just blown away. First off it’s been AGES since I’ve stopped by for a visit and I am in love with the new blog look. It is SO you. Second, this piece is stunning. Love the blues, the dream like quality to it, the softness…
You inspire me!

This is going to be a hard topic as I am not much of a dreamer (at night time) might have to focus on my Daydreams instead..
you must love working with blue tones. Does it mean something to you or are you just drawn to this colour?

Love the painting and the theme! So much of our creativity comes without us even realizing it. Dreams can reveal so much about a person’s feelings and inspirations.

Beautiful image. This is such a great idea. I’ve really found that since I’ve been really active in painting class at school I need all the ideas I can get. My painting professor actually suggested we look to our dreams for imagery because our brains are really open to possibilities during REM sleep. I notice that my dreams since i began painting are sometimes themed around a certain color, or shape. Blue features prominently in my dreams, as it does in my art (which is something I’ve done unconsciously) and only recently became aware of while putting together a portfolio. Thanks for sharing your imagery with us Leah!

I love, love, love this painting!! And…I’m excited about the new theme.

Peace & Love.

Beautiful painting, Leah!

just want to let you know I used your pic for a free verse piece here –

I hope that’s alright with you. I took the pic from flickr and credit it there. I will remove it if you think I shouldn’t use it. Thanks.


While my box canvas pieces are not actually *from* dreams, they tend to have a dream-like quality that draws people in.
I finally got the one finished I’ve been working on….posted it today.
I cannot remember my dreams, but New Orleans was my City of Dreams, and that is where the inspiration for all my work comes.
So I guess I sort of posted March early…… :)

Beautiful, dreamy painting! Not sure I’m ready for this month but I’ll give it a go!

how funny that we were on the same wavelength! Thanks for the link. :) Happy dreaming….

Hey everyone, my name is Gilvania and i’m living in Brazil. I love this community!!!
I was working on yesterday just about my dreams, thinking in my life, my desires….



Leah, your painting is gorgeous!!!!

I love your painting, Leah. So beautiful! The theme is a good one, but challenging for me because I don’t ever remember my dreams at night. I used to have vivid dreams growing up, almost every night, but I haven’t for a long time. Do you have any tips on how to remember dreams? I don’t even remember having them when I wake up. However I do have many dreams for my future ahead of me, and lots of daydreams, so maybe I can focus on that, or dreams I remember having as a child. What do you think?

Your painting ~ its genius. So … blue, and beautiful. And I love the theme of CED. Its one of those things that feeds the creative muse.

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