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
On this lil episode I talk about minimalism … how getting rid of all my tings and having more space, appears to bring with it a feeling of peace, and hopefully in time, an increase in balance and focus :)
It’s that time of year again … when the sun comes out to play, so do the drawing pencils :) It’s time to start sketching people in public, something I was terrified to do at first, but it’s one of the most fun ways to improve, and loosen up, both your drawing, and the mind :)
On this episode I talk about Finding Focus … or at least I try to, it’s funny, this podcast is about focus, yet it’s the most unfocused one I’ve done yet lol Thoughts are everywhere, but hopefully you can find some bits of wisdom in here somewhere. I’m more talking to myself during this episode, about how I’m struggling to focus on my Art at the moment, ways I’m trying to create new habits and a little bit about discipline, plus there’s a bit of spirituality thrown in for good measure too; this is weird one :)
This weeks lil episode is another one of those brain dump ones, this time, about Social Media. I talk about how Social Media is both good and bad, Curating content and the struggles of Focusing. There’s also the lil Art Tip, which is about Sharpening Pencils, the Book Book, which is a beautiful lil art book called Momentary, The Art of Ilya Kuvshinov … plus there’s a bit of Lucid Dreaming at the end too :) Hope you like this one.
This lil episode’s all about planning, something I’ve been doing a lot of lately with my Passion Planner and Wunderlist App. I talk about some of the stuff that seems to be working, and tings that aren’t going quite according to plan. There’s also a new feature this episode, called the Fascinating Fact … where I share a fascinating fact about something to do with Art, Spirituality, Transitioning and Stuff like that. Hope you like this one :)
On this lil tiny episode, I talk about a strange experience I had last night while meditating with my eyes open for the first time. I saw something that sent shivers down my whole body … I saw the light bulb on my ceiling flash on and off. No idea what happened there, but it left me in a strange conflicting state of awe and argh … oh, and I also briefly talk about my time with clip studio paint pro, drawing on the Surface Pro 2 :)
Something changed after last weeks fast of not eating any food for 50 hours, because ever since I’ve felt like a different person. It’s Time for Change, and this episode is all about it, Sacrifice and dealing with Videogame Addiction. It’s also episode 50, so to celebrate, I filmed this one in front of the webcam for YouTube. Woohoo! Hope you like this one :)
On this episode I talk about Self Awareness and Art … Learning how to Draw is all about Self Awareness, such as being aware of Negative Spaces, but it doesn’t have to stop with the Art. This same Self Awareness can be used to start tackling mental issues like OCD, Social Anxiety and even heal suppressed emotional situations from our life. Art is powerful, it always seems to lead to Self Awareness, which seems key to self healing.
On this episode I talk about Self Doubt, and how I’m starting to realise, with the help of Lucid Dreaming and Automatic Writing, that Self Doubt is a fear that shouldn’t be something to run away from, but instead embraced, with the Loving arms of Action.
This lil episode is all about Crap Drawings, well, part of it is … this is my Spontaneous A to Z of Art, where I run through the alphabet and say the first art related word that springs to mind and talk about it. We have C is for Crap Drawings, B is for Boring Exercises, O is for Orange and I is for Inspiration, at one point K was for King Kong lol this one gets a bit nutty at times :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”