This weeks lil episode is more about the tings, as I talk about Interpreting Dreams with Automatic Writing. Writing about stuff always seems to unearth tings you could never come up with just by thinking.
I feel all dreams are trying to tell us something, and Automatic Writing is done when you’re still half asleep, which is why Interpreting Dreams with Automatic Writing works so well.
To keep the dream theme going, this weeks Book Book is a great book called Understanding Dreams by Keith Hearne and David Melbourne, but we do have a lil bit of arty stuff in this one, thanks to the lil Art Tip, which is …
lil ART TIP TIME
USE THE BLUR FILTER, TO CREATE A DIGITAL SQUINT
Squinting allows you to look at something complex you’re trying to draw, and break it down into big basic shapes. It basically removes all the details, so you can concentrate on getting the overall feel of the thing right.
On the computer, you can create the effect of squinting, by using a blur filter. In Photoshop, you can adjust the blur amount, so it’s way more versitle than squinting, as you can knock something down to super simple shapes.
If you’re ever struggling to ‘see’ what you’re trying to draw, or if you simply want to remove all the details from what you’ve drawn to compare it with the reference image, adding a temporary blur filter is a great way to achieve this while working digitally.
BOOK BOOK 4: Understanding Dreams, by Keith Hearne and David Melbourne
Are you into Dreaming? If you answered yes, I highly recommend this weeks Book Book. Understanding Dreams covers so many topics, and you’re sure to learn something new, such as Ancient Civilizations relationships with Dreams, Lucid Dreaming, Nightmares, Sleep Disorders … even Virtual Reality; this book discusses it all, and so much more.
Love this Book Book, and I hope you love this episode :)
If you have any tips or comments about Interpreting Dreams with Automatic Writing, this weeks lil Art Tip, the Book Book, or any questions/topics you’d like discussed on future episodes, please get in touch. You can message me down the bottom of this page, by leaving a comment on YouTube, or by SENDING AN EMAIL
This weeks Inspirational Quote goes to Marsha Norman
” DREAMS ARE ILLUSTRATIONS … FROM THE BOOK YOUR SOUL IS WRITING ABOUT YOU. “
– Marsha Norman
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LINKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW
• Society of Visual Storytelling – Online Art Classes and Courses I spoke about briefly
• Keith Hearne – This is one of the people who really got me into Lucid Dreaming, and he’s behind this weeks book book
• Lucid Advice.com – Home to Lucid Dreaming expert Robert Waggoner, the other person who got me into Lucid Dreaming and someone I speak about on this weeks episode :)
• Inspire Nation’s Automatic Writing Course – AWE – If you’d like to learn how to start Automatic Writing, I highly recommend this course
• YOUTUBE @SophieLawson – including lil Art Tips, episodes of this Podcast, Inspirational Artists and some of my Artwork :)
• TWITTER @SophieLawsonArt – Come say hello, I post me stuff on here :)
• INSTAGRAM @Sophie.Lawson – Pop along to my lil INSTAGRAM feed, where I plop out images from time to time lol
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” IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH SOMETHING … WRITE ABOUT IT; YOU’LL UNDERSTAND IT WAY BETTER THAN YOU’D EVER BE ABLE TO, JUST BY THINKING ABOUT IT. “
– Sophie Lawson
In this lil episode I share some stories from my brief time throwing paint around, while trying Abstract Painting for the first time. As someone whose really only done pencil drawings before, this was a totally different experience … I found to be Fantastically Freeing, and Massively Messy :)
This lil episode’s more like a therapy session about my struggles of finding balance between work and play. I talk about sacrificing Videogames, how the Discipline of saying no to chocolate bars is helping me say NO to bigger temptations, and how you need to work out what to stop completely vs cut down on; this ones all about Finding Balance … oh, and I also share another healing Lucid Dream I experienced during the week :)
This week I talk about my first time floating in a float tank … one of the strangest experiences I’ve ever have. I recorded this one down the park, and just as I was finishing up, the episode got gate crashed by a bloke called Nick playing a guitar … so this one gets very random at the end :)
What are the Best Drawing Pencils for Gesture Drawing? Sketching? or Realistic Pencil Drawing? No idea lol but join me for episode Three of the So Free Art Podcast, to find what my personal favourite Drawing Pencils are, and why I prefer using Mechanical / Clutch pencils over traditional wooden pencils :)
I think this is the most out there lil episode I’ve done so far lol Something that’s always bothered me, is Why are some people born Transgender? I came up with a Theory this morning after a Lucid Dream, and it made me wonder, What if we’re inside of a Dream right now, and what if that’s got something to do with why some people are born Transgender. There’s also the lil Art Tip, which is about the fun of trying new things … and there’s even a bonus lil Art Challenge for you to do this week too :) Woohoo!
This lil one’s all about Gesture Drawing; I talk about why it’s my most fun drawing exercise, how online resources QuickPoses.com and Croquis Cafe can help improve your Gesture Drawing skills, and there’s this weeks lil Art Tip, which is Gesture Drawing related. We also have a new feature this week in Book Book Time :) where I’ll be looking at a different book each episode, and this weeks Book Book changed my life, it’s Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One, by Dr Joe Dispenza. Hope you like this one :)
This lil episode is about how Making Art should be Fun, and a time to Play. I realised something this week, I don’t enjoy realistic pencil drawings as much as I used to, which scared me at first until I realised, if you’re not having fun, stop doing it :) I also share another Lucid Dream experience, and this weeks lil Art Tip is about avoiding eye strain while Digitally Painting :)
This lil episode is for us sleepyheads out there :) Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I had to sacrifice my sleep this week … not cool. It’s been interesting though, seeing how sleep is key to everything. This weeks lil Art Tip is more of a mental one, about how never to assume when learning anything to do with Art, and that’s pretty much it for this one. Hope you like it, I’m gonna to go sleep now :)
This is the first unedited podcast I’ve ever done … well, there was a 5 second clip I cut out when I burped lol but apart from that, this was all done in one take. You know what, it felt Liberating :) I talk about Podcasting, Goals and a lil bit about Loneliness. The book book is Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe, and the lil Art Tip is how 30 minutes of practice before bed, can lead to big improvements over time. I hope you like this episode … one of my goals from now on, is to do all future podcasts live, with no editing :) Woohoo! Happy 2019 :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”