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Drawing My Dreams Daily Again


I used to start my mornings by drawing my weird dreams in my sketchbook but got out of the habit some years back but have started drawing my dreams again daily. I was pretty rusty at first, but with each drawing I’m feeling more confident about drawing without references or props.

Girl with wildly matted hair on pretty deck off pretty kitchen. Old lady dancing for people while workmen powerwashing on a roof spray water than turns to hail.
LEFT: Girl with wildly matted hair on pretty deck off pretty kitchen. RIGHT: Old lady dancing for people while workmen powerwashing on a roof spray water that turns to hail. Ink and White Pitt pen in compact Moleskine, 5.5 x 7 inches.

I used to start my mornings by drawing images from my dreams but got out of the habit some years back. I got inspired to start again after seeing Nina Johansson’s project of drawing from imagination daily in a Moleskine daily planner. Her strangely beautiful pages are skillfully drawn scenes from a vivid imagination. I loved her idea of using a dated journal so I bought up a pocket-sized yellow Moleskine planner and started drawing my dreams again every morning.

Russian soldiers marching and big feet. Chinese vase with butterflies and lady bugs.
Russian soldiers marching and big feet. Chinese vase with butterflies and lady bugs.

I was pretty rusty at first, but with each drawing I’m feeling more confident about mostly drawing without references or props, and without worrying about accuracy. I’m using a variety of pens including Pitt Artist Brush Pens and their new PITT Artist Pen – White pen that works really well. I’m throwing out all the other yucky white markers I tried before.

The big screen kiss and lots of goats. Visiting my secret hidden basement room again and bowl of M&Ms.
The big screen kiss and lots of goats. Visiting my secret hidden basement room again and bowl of M&Ms.

The paper in the journal is thin so there is a little show-through from previous pages but the Pitt pens are great at not bleeding.

Woke with a migraine: shipwreck and monkey. Eat on Time.
Woke with a migraine: shipwreck and monkey. Eat on Time.

Sometimes if there are no visuals from the previous night’s dreams or I wake with a migraine, I draw what I’m feeling or something else related to life, like the two above, the migraine image on left and the reminder to eat on time (to help prevent stupid migraines).

Guy from Ace Hardware tried to take my dog and phone. Tall ships, bundt cake and a painting in progress.
Guy from Ace Hardware tried to take my dog and phone. Tall ships, bundt cake and a painting in progress.

Odd, the food items that appear in my dreams, mostly stuff I don’t eat.

No dream, just a sketch of a shitty migraine.
No dream, just a sketch of a shitty migraine.

From time to time I’ll post my favorite dream sketches here, but if you’d like to see them as I draw them, visit Drawing My Dreams Daily on Tumbler or my Instagram page, which I’m using to keep daily posting simple (no computer, just iPhone shots of the sketch).

By Jana Bouc

I am an artist who loves (and lives) to sketch and paint in watercolor and oils. I teach watercolor classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

14 replies on “Drawing My Dreams Daily Again”

I love these drawings! I also love the idea of drawing the dream memories instead of trying to share my whacky dream life aloud to someone else!

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Thanks Gail. Sometimes I try to figure out the meaning or tell the story but it’s way more fun to just draw the images, especially when there are multiple dreams with different images that are wacky together.

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Jana, l am amazed at your dream sketches! You have a great blog! I found you on reader-so glad!
I posted “Just a Dream” a day or two ago. It was non-fiction-a recurring dream from my childhood. I sketch as well, but could not possibly begin to do that one. It is to frightening. Stop by my blog and take a look if you have a minute. Any comment or advice in sketching would be appreciated.
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Thanks Marian! It is fun to draw them. Try setting the intention before going to sleep that you’ll remember and as soon as you wake up try to dreamily recall them, or at least an image or two from them. I don’t always remember a lot but all you need is one scene or mental picture.

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