Dreams that Became Digital Art

When I have particularly interesting dreams I will sometimes turn them into images. Here are a few that mean something to me.

Turtle and Elephants World in the Universe 1/23/2014
Turtle and Elephants World in the Universe 1/23/2014

I was surprised to learn that my dream of a turtle carrying the world on its back is a real myth. Except in my dream the turtle was flying through space. This myth appears in many cultures, Hindu, Iroquois, and Chinese. Some sources: http://native-science.net/Turtle_Elephant_Myth.htm and http://www.ulc.org/2013/09/camparitive-religion-the-world-turtle/. For this composite, created 1/23/2014, I used a picture of a fountain I photographed at Wall Street 7/12/2009, a turtle in Central Park 6/21/2013 and open source images from NASA.

Crystal Dream 4/1/2014
Crystal Dream 4/1/2014

I illustrated a dream that led me to take up Geology at Hunter College at the beginning of my second career as a cartographer. I dreamt that giant crystals grew so rapidly that they closed off a road in a tunnel. I used photos of my rock and mineral collection plus some images of a cave and road to create this composite.

Gull in Algonquin Mist 1/28/2013
Gull in Algonquin Mist 1/28/2013

I was very taken with the book called the Last Algonquin, by Theodore Kazimorov about Joe Two Trees who lived in Pelham Bay Park in 1924 New York City http://www.amazon.com/Last-Algonquin-Theodore-Kazimiroff/. It led me to dream about ghosts there. The bird and mist I painted in represents Joe’s spirit.

Yellowthroat in an Iridescencent Universe 1/24/2014
Yellowthroat in an Iridescencent Universe 1/24/2014

Birds, pyramid shapes, and an alien world set in a glowing iridescent star plasma were in my dream. The birds are the connecting force between the planet and the pyramid. The pyramid is an intersection between heaven and earth. I used my photos of a Common Yellowthroat Warbler in Union Square 1/20/2013, Roman glass at the Met 1/23/2013, and sky over Central Park 4/15/2006.

Golden Toads in Gold Trees 9/2001
Golden Toads in Gold Trees 9/2001

This is an old one done when I was learning to use Corel Photopaint in September 2001. I included it just to tell the story, not as an illustration of my skills. I had a dream of golden toads raining in a forest of golden leaves. It left me feeling very upset. Something was lost. I looked up golden toad (Incilius periglenes) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_toad and discovered it had become extinct because of us. Then I knew why I was so upset by the dream.

10 thoughts on “Dreams that Became Digital Art

  1. Anne Lazarus 2015-05-16 / 9:39 pm

    I find these pictures amazing, like a beautiful tour into the psychic unconscious. Are you somewhat psychic?

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  2. Pearl Broder 2015-05-17 / 4:48 pm

    Hi Sherry- These a wonderful! Thanks for sharing them.

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  3. Lee Gaywood 2015-05-19 / 1:35 am

    How brave are you, Sherry
    Love the
    Golden Trees & Golden Frogs
    Just beautiful💥

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  4. Girl Gone Expat 2015-05-21 / 7:52 pm

    What amazing pictures you make! The turtle and the universe image is magnificent! 🙂

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    • Sherry Lynn Felix 2015-05-22 / 3:36 am

      Thank you very much. It is nice when I get inspired by omething. Doesn’t happen every day.

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  5. Suzanne 2016-12-01 / 3:16 pm

    Thanks for sending me a li k to this post. I like all your images. The one with the birds is my favourite though I love the crystal dream. Studying geology and being a cartographer was a girlhood dream of mine but life took me in another direction. Geology still fascinates me. Next year I plan to join the local lapidary club.

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