Friday, October 11, 2013

Jensine Eckwall- What is your Recurring Nightmare?

A few months back I kept having what I would describe as ‘boring dreams,’ where the entirety of the dream would be one mundane activity, from staring into my closet to simply ‘a facebook status,’ seemingly going on forever.

I'm new to the blog as of this week!  My entry for the first challenge will be up soon.  

Jeffrey Alan Love - What Is Your Recurring Nightmare?

My recurring nightmare is my teeth falling out.  I read somewhere that this means that you are afraid of dying and want to live forever.  Sounds right to me.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Stanne - Recurring Nightmare

I am usually a number one, first class sleeper. Out by 11, awake at 8. And I rarely dream, though I suppose I probably am and just forget. That being said, I dread more than anything sleepless nights or waking up at 4am and just tossing and turning. At this point I go through every thought in my brain, every twist and turn. Eventually I am stressed out and more exhausted. I dread it more than anything.

Recurring Nightmare - Jorge Mascarenhas

I don't usually have nightmares. But when I do, they're gruesome and violent. The most recurring one is where I'm in the middle of a snow field with a gunshot wound to the stomach surrounded by wolves. How I got there is unknown. I wake up at the moment when the predators pounce.

Recurring Nightmare - Daniel Nyari

"That I'm not There".

Throughout my life I've had an innumerable amount of recurring nightmares so rather than focusing on individual narratives, I picked out what nearly all of them have in common - the failure of making my mark as an individual until I eventually fade out of existence altogether.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Recurring Nightmare- Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

My recurring nightmare has always consisted of my teeth starting to crumble in my mouth, and slowly crunch on them in horror before spitting them out.

Scott Murphy - Recurring Nightmare

Luckily, I don't have too many recurring nightmares lately. But when I was younger and still every once in a while now, I would often have the same dream that involved being trapped in some kind of dungeon or maze. Throughout the dream I would be pursued by some kind of creature similar to the guy above, and no matter how hard I tried, I could never get away. Eventually something would happen, I would trip, hit a dead end, or I would not be able to move faster than a crawl despite my best efforts, and it would catch me. This dream always left me jumping up out of sleep covered in sweat.

Dawn Carlos - What Is Your Recurring Nightmare

I dont exactly have a recurring nightmare, but my worst nightmares have always involved snakes. Getting chased by them, a dogpile of snakes on a rocking chair next to my bed and then getting bit by them, losing my teeth and then getting bit by a snake, etc.  

This week was a different kind of challenge for me, as I had to sift through photos and reference on google and pinterest of snakes to make this piece, all while having a huge fear of snakes (ophidiophobia, I believe is what its called.) It's a wierd feeling drawing with goosebumps and that kind instictively scared sort of discomfort but it was fun anyway! 

Carly Janine Mazur - What is your recurring nightmare?

7"x5" oil and acrylic on board

When I was very young--preschool/kindergarten age--once or twice a month for about two years I would relive a very abstract, but very traumatic recurring nightmare. My dream would begin with me, in bed, the house very dark. I would hear the wind howling outside, making the house creak, the windows shake. In an instant time blurred into an abstract movement, all of the trees surrounding my home would grow in enormous size and then succumb to the wind, collapsing onto the house and demolishing it in a cold tangle of twisted debris and tree limbs. I would then manage to crawl out of what must have been my bed, crying, calling for my mom, but hearing nothing in return, not even the wind. I then became overwhelmed with an intense feeling of guilt, and would eventually give up looking for any signs of life between the mess of what was once my house, bawling "I'm sorry" over and over again until I would be woken up by my mom, who would later on tell me she would wake up hearing me crying "I'm sorry" repeatedly in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tim Paul - My Worst Nightmare

I had several re-occuring dreams growing up. The one that caused a lot of terror was where I was trapped in a house, similar to the one I lived in. It was a huge Prairie style house. In the dream, there were lots and lots of stairs.

In the house was also an feeling of violence and dread, seeking me out. I would try and escape by running up and down the stairs. But the stairs were a trap. And once I started up or down, there was no way to go back. I was being driven forward by the violence and dread chasing me.

I would end up going down deep below where the cellar was. And all the stairs lead to the same place. A small square room, maybe a few feet across.

And in the very center of the room as a pit with no bottom. And there, I would sit, staring down into the pit. Knowing that the only way out was to jump across the pit to any of the other stairs that lead up.

But if I missed, I would fall into the pit, tumbling over and over forever.

Davi Blight - What is your Recurring Nightmare?

"Waking Line"

I don't find that I have recurring nightmares.
The dreams that I do have with fantastic beasts and horrors are always exciting to me and I welcome the visions.

If I could call anything a "recurring nightmare", it would be from a strange startle in my heart that I occasionally have had while trying to fall asleep. The jolt makes me feel like I'm sinking into myself. There's a moment while its happening where I truly believe that I could be dead, dying or some place completely different. I'm sure there's a rational explanation of the feeling, perhaps the brain being told to empty DMT out of the brain as I wake too quickly from REM, but to me in the moment it feels like my inner consciousness is being ripped up out of my dreams and thrown straight through my heart and out into the world in a violent dash to wake me up and let me know I'm alive.

I did not indeed to start this piece off with this message in mind, but its funny how pieces can speak their own wishes while working on them.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tara Jacoby - "What Lives Under My Bed"

This post is very tardy and I apologize...

For those of you who have been to my house, you already know what lives under my bed. This space is occupied by the devil in a fur coat, A.K.A., Ms. Jackson (my darling feline friend). Quite a few of my friends can attest, nothing is more frightening than a run in with this beastie.

xo, T

I promise not to be late next time!! 

Jeanine Henderson—Recurring Nightmare

I dream vividly, and often—and usually remember my dreams at least partially. For awhile in college I was fascinated by dreams, so kept a "dream journal". I took a look through it tonight and realized I often dreamed (and still do!) of water and strange fish, sharks and creatures—half human, spotted, scaly—all kinds of strange beasts! And always that I'm fearful and trying to escape them. I have no idea what that means, because I love fish, seafood, swimming, the ocean, and any kind of water play in general. So who knows!? But I chose to play off that recurring "nightmare". My time was a bit limited this week, so I kept this a simple and fun ink & gouache drawing.

Scott Brundage- What's your recurring nightmare?

Haven't had any nightmares that repeated in a long time. But there was a solid streak through my grade school years where I'd look down to discover I'd forgotten to dress myself. Part of the bizarre nature of these nightmares was the fact that the other students totally ignored my nudity. That made it somehow even more disturbing.

Anna Christenson- What is your Recurring Nightmare?

This week's challenge was tricky for me. I feel like a lot of the other artists I know dream a lot- I tend to remember my dreams rarely. But the one nightmare I do have frequently is of losing my teeth. They are always falling out at really inconvenient and embarrassing moments.

Bryndon Everett - Reoccurring Nightmare

Truth told, I don't actually ever have nightmares; Probably because I don't get enough REM sleep.
-Gotta' Get those Solid 3-5 hours a night, right?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

2013 Challenge #3

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” 
― Plato

Art for Challenge # 2 begins going up Monday the 7th. The subject is: "What is Your Recurring Nightmare"

Challenge #3 (for the week of October 14th) is: "Do an illustration for your favorite horror story."