Sometimes, art takes time. My ideas usually have to marinate for a while before they come to fruition. In 2012, I want to learn to cook a quicker creative stew, to effectuate more than procrastinate. That said, the painting I’m revealing here today has been a long time coming, testing  even my considerable procrastination skills. Seriously, you don’t even want to know. 

The piece is called “Dreamers,” and it is a commissioned acrylic painting measuring five feet by four feet.* I was handed a check by a generous friend and simply told to ‘do something.’ After much self-doubt and deliberation, I opted to work from a quote that impacted me in two books I was reading concurrently:

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

Okay. So my girl’s eyes are closed, but you get the point. What began as a lucrative art gig became a monument to my haphazard creative lifestyle. What should have been a two-month endeavor became a project older than some of my friends’ children. What started as sketch in my notebook became an image that speaks to me about self-realization. We create our preferred futures every day with our words and our actions.

Let’s be dreamers of the day.

*(Enjoy photos of the full painting below, with details and the original sketch).

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6 thoughts on “Dreamers

  1. Ryan Mead says:

    Nice to see your hard work pay off! Congrats on finishing the painting!

  2. Amazing work, Garrett! So glad you finished it. I’ve spent the last 2-3 days recording an audio download of James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh”. One of the things he says there seems especially apropos…

    “The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.

    “Humanity cannot forget its dreamers. It cannot let their ideals fade and die. It lives in them. It knows them in the realities which it shall one day see and know.

    “Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the afterworld, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.”

    Keep on. Do more. You have gifts for a reason…you were meant to create. Keep creating! It inspires us all…

    • Now THAT’S a quote worth painting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, Steve. I hope to create more art this year than in recent years. I definitely feel tapped into my spiritual identity more when I’m creating, not merely consuming. Thanks so much for using your time to encourage and challenge me.

  3. Joe says:

    A monument to the virtue of procrastination. Its a skill that takes years to master. Keep up the good work my friend

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