Monday, November 03, 2014

Sketch: Charge Into the Deep

Charge Into the Deep Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 5 x 7 inches
I don't often draw my dreams, except for the ones that stand out and have vivid imagery I can't ignore or forget. Some people call this type of dream a numinous dream, a term coined by Rudolf Otto and used by Jung. I recently had one of those types of dreams. 

At the start I was at the birthday party of a famous artist. Also in attendance were George Lucas ( a visionary of the future) and Walter Cronkite (the most trusted man in America) and we were having a very, nice chat when a large wild red horse charged in and grabbed my finger between his teeth - not in a way to cause hurt, but firmly, so I had no choice but to hang on and go along for the ride. The horse eventually let go of my finger as we raced on to the ocean. I was never on the horse, I just hung onto the mane, which was like a living thing, coiling and waving, as we galloped straight into a tunnel formed by the oncoming waves.

This dream was about a month ago and it took several sketches and studies to organize the imagery to this point. It might take a few more before it's ready to become a painting.


7 comments:

bilal ali said...

nice

bilal ali said...

nice

Katherine Kean said...

Thank you Bilal Ali!

Kathryn Hansen said...

I saw this sketch on FB but had no idea it was from a dream you had...and what an interesting dream it was!! I see my spirit as a wild horse so this is very intriguing to me...can hardly wait to see if you paint it!!!

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Kathryn,
Wild horses seem to embody spirit, don't they? I've decided to paint a few dreams - the ones that stick. I find dream imagery to be so expansive, and it takes me some time to work out the composition!

R.L. Delight said...

Wow! What an interesting dream! Good idea to sketch it out too. I am looking forward to seeing this in a painting. Just the words of your post alone created all kinds of interesting imagery.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks! I'm glad it's interesting to others, as well as to me. It's going to be a different painting than what I usually do.