burnt umber dreams

 |  February 20, 2009

Speaking of dreams, the other night I had a dream that I was painting on these huge canvases. It was a great dream. I have had other dreams where I’m painting and it actually helps me make progress on a painting that I was working on. I wish I had more of those!

In this dream all I can remember was burnt umber. And golden tones of ochre. But mostly splashes of burnt umber. I wish I could remember more. The minute I woke up I tried to recall what I was painting, but all I could remember was burnt umber. Very strange.

Anyway, so I started on some paintings with burnt umber this week. Here is a detail shot of a much larger canvas.


umber
detail of a work in progress

19 Comments

  1. by LostLuggage on February 20, 2009  1:29 pm Reply

    I love color dreams...I have them a lot too...but I never follow through. This is really beautiful!

  2. by Jeane on February 20, 2009  1:36 pm Reply

    beautiful - burnt umber is one of my fav colors

  3. by Wild Somerset Child on February 20, 2009  2:29 pm Reply

    As ever - YES AND YES AND YES, such beautiful colours - and may I cheekily ask, are the trees painted or a photographic image transfer. If painted, that is even more amazing. I love the way you dream colour; I have recurring dreams, of being alone and lost somewhere, or drowning! (P.S. when we focus on a colour, do we choose the colour of the season, or of place, or to suit our mood?)

  4. by bridgette on February 20, 2009  2:39 pm Reply

    Thanks Julie- you should do it! There must be a reason why the colors are popping up in our dreams.

    Thanks Jeane- me too. I always have burnt umber on my palette.

    There are no photo transfers on this detail of the painting. And no trees! :) But I love that that is what you saw. Interesting...

  5. by Carmen on February 20, 2009  3:04 pm Reply

    This is great... I can't wait to see more of it. Your work is so inspiring to me Bridgette.

    Carmen

  6. by Taffy on February 20, 2009  6:17 pm Reply

    That is amazing. For the most part i can't remember my dreams until later on the day when i have a dejavu moment - LOL

    BTW, i love your burnt umber.. it's WONDERFUL.. I love that color.

  7. by smith kaich jones on February 20, 2009  7:50 pm Reply

    Bridgette - This is gorgeous, even just this little peek. The stuff that dreams are made of.

    :) Debi

  8. by JonesMoore on February 20, 2009  8:09 pm Reply

    It's gorgeous even at this stage. +Love seeing your work in progress! Must be the week for earth tones...I'm working with amber shellac at the moment.

  9. by tangled sky studio on February 21, 2009  12:18 am Reply

    the bit of blue near the burnt umber really sets it off...can't wait to see the whole painting (is it oil?)
    beth

  10. by Shayla on February 21, 2009  10:57 am Reply

    Oh yes, those kind of dreams are wonderful. Much better than the dreams I used to have when I was an income tax preparer, hah.

    I like the scruffy texture of your burnt umber and the little glimpse of gentle blue in contrast.

  11. by Seth on February 21, 2009  2:40 pm Reply

    I have also had dreams in which I was creating. Not sure what the dream painting looked like but this detail is so strong and deep. Loving it!

  12. by Crystal on February 23, 2009  7:32 pm Reply

    Your work is so inspiring. I'm honored that you stopped by my blog. Thanks for leaving such words of encouragement and advice. I will be looking forward to trying my hand with the oil sticks!
    Crystal

  13. by miz katie on February 25, 2009  9:23 am Reply

    oh, i love having dreams about painting. it's always so peaceful, and makes me feel whole.

  14. by rivergardenstudio on February 25, 2009  2:57 pm Reply

    I love his color too, yesterday I realized I was missing my tube of burnt umber. Lovely work in progress. And I agree, dreams about painting are incredible...
    Roxanne

  15. by jennifer lorton on February 25, 2009  10:10 pm Reply

    This is really beautiful. I like it just the way it is, but I look forward to seeing how it progresses. Burnt Umber is such a rich and sophisticated color, one of my favorites.
    Jennifer
    http://blog.jenniferlorton.com

  16. by Paula Scott on February 27, 2009  12:33 am Reply

    I have always been fond of burnt umber and this kind of color palette. I've dreamed of this too but never thought to take action. Besides, I would forget by the time I got around to it.
    Beautiful indeed!

  17. by Rebecca Crowell on February 27, 2009  10:31 pm Reply

    ah, beautiful! I've had some painting dreams too...sometimes the dream painting is nothing like my real work at all, which is kind of intriguing--like another whole realm of possibility. I also try to grasp at whatever it was as soon as I wake up, but most often it's gone except for some fragment or tantalizing scrap of idea.

  18. by Linda Branch Dunn on February 28, 2009  9:41 am Reply

    Just found your blog through Karen Bettencourt. Very inspiring work. Thank you.

  19. by Leah on March 1, 2009  5:00 pm Reply

    I love dreams like that too. I just mentioned your amano books blog on CED yesterday!

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