Recent Portrait

I’m still picking at this portrait, so I don’t want to put up a full view of the picture just yet. I’m having a challenge with the outline of the head. This is probably coming from the fact that I don’t have an ideal set up for working in the apartment. This was painted with acrylic paint on Arches paper. It’s from a dream that I had. In the dream I was visiting the dentist for the first time in a long time. I initially spoke with the dentist and we decided what needed to be done. She then handed me a large, old glass bottle. It was made from thick brown glass with the brittle, yellowing label. She wanted me to drink from the bottle so she could begin to work on my teeth. That was when I decided that it would be best to leave.

Before leaving she wanted to check me with a special light. She turned off the overhead light and switched on a purple light which resembled a black light in a florescent tube. Shining the light next to face she made an “ah ha” sound. I wasn’t sure what she was looking at so I turned around to look at myself in the mirror behind me. My face was bathed in purple light and down the side of my neck I could see a lighted pattern which resembled a DNA test.

Published by Emily Duncan, on October 2nd, 2011 at 11:11 pm. Filled under: Dreams,Painting Tags: , , No Comments

Dream Entry

I dreamt about the sun this morning. I´m sure that´s because of all the weird stuff I´ve been reading lately. There´s a theory on the conspiratorial news sites that I like reading. The theory is that there will be a huge CME – Cornal Mass Ejection soon. The thought is that this is what the huge 2012 event is going to be. It will be triggered by gravity pushing on the magnetic bubble created by the sun. These outside forces are supposed to make the sun act like a pressure cooker.I was thinking about this today after I read about Caleb Charland’s science photography earlier today. Especially when I saw his Circle with Matches.

In my dream the sun was huge and brighter than usual so I used an index card to cover the main body of the sun. With it covered I could see smoky tentacles coming out of the sides.

I hunted for a bit and found an awesome page of photos of the sun on The Boston Globe´s The Big Picture. I adjusted one to look a little closer to the image I had in mind:

The coronal curls in my dream were much more energetic than this. But you get the idea.

Published by Emily Duncan, on April 11th, 2010 at 3:39 pm. Filled under: Dreams,Photography Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Dream Entry

So I should have written about my dream sooner, I guess.  I was looking at news online today and saw that the Orionids meteor shower to supposed to peak early Sunday morning. In my dream, giant meteors were flying through the dusky sky. At first I was watching them from the back of my dad’s house.  (Well, the dream version of the house.)  I had pushed open the sliding glass door and was trying to watch them, although only half-heartedly doing it because I was trying to figure out what I should do next.  I had the BBC documentary when they showed Berlin getting slammed by meteors in my head: 

The strange thing is that the overhang on the back of the house only goes out about a foot, but I was standing far enough in the house that I could only hear the meteors and not see them.  I could see that the sky was turning red too.

Jump to the next scene where I must have been looking for members of my family, but I could only find my youngest sister, Sarah.  I was trying to tell her about the meteors as we were on a large bus.  They started streaking across the sky and she freaked out and ran up the aisle of the bus from which we could suddenly see a full panorama of the sky.  Kind of like the whole roof of the bus had suddenly disappeared, but the floor and the wheels and everything was still there and moving.  The sun must have been setting because the sky was orange and red and the meteors were big and like big broken pieces of concrete.  Like big pieces of a highway.  The rocks were very low in the sky and almost car-sized, yet I didn’t see or hear any of them crash.  (Also, a large white circular spinning UFO flew by too.)

Lately, since I’ve been so busy, most of my dreams kind of rehash what I did during the day, or I live a scenerio from a movie or TV show that I watched.  (When I woke up this morning, I was having a dream that could have been a story on the Japanese TV show I’ve been downloading called At Home Dad.)  But this meteor dream must have come from somewhere else.  Lord knows it didn’t come from the J-news (the only thing I watch on broadcast TV here).  In the mornings before work I watch Mezamashi Terebi. And the thing I noticed about the news here and at home is that both places tend to have their heads planted firmly in their asses.  I mean, if the news here is given the choice to report on a crisis in Africa versus, say, a noodle festival in Kanagawa, they’re going for that noodle festival, dammit. Don’t believe me?  My morning news is good in that there is a clock at the top of the screen to tell me what time it is.  But they follow the same segment schedule every day. So by the time they show “kyo no wanko” (“Today’s Puppy,”)

I have five minutes till I need to be out the door.

Published by Emily Duncan, on October 21st, 2007 at 11:12 am. Filled under: Dreams Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Dream Entry

I’ve been having a hard time concentrating on stuff lately. I don’t think I’m cut out for working a regular day job. I should just travel to places and eat good food, sleep late and stuff like that. :p

I did have a weird dream a few days ago. I dreamt that something large approached Mars and then it stopped moving. It stopped turning on it’s axis.

Then the planet was supposed to blow up.

I went to a lecture about what we should do if we found the rocks. The man told us that we should stay away from the rocks because they would be radioactive and that there were people looking for the rocks who would shoot us if they found them first.

Published by Emily Duncan, on May 3rd, 2007 at 11:50 am. Filled under: Dreams Tags: , , 1 Comment

Dream Entry

I thought maybe these dreams deserved an entry of their own.

I’ve been having some strange dreams in the past two weeks. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or what. As an update for some of you who don’t know it, I live in this house.

It’s pretty, but it’s old. Only in the past 2 years they’ve put an air conditioner in it. But that’s only in the living room. I could sleep in there, but I like sleeping in the grown-up bed.

So last week I was taking a nap and dreamt about a movie. I have those kind of dreams sometimes. Like you’re watching a movie, but you’re living it at the same time. It was kind of like a Troma flick. Hunter S. Thompson was killing bad guys with a samurai sword. One of the bad guys was a geisha and he cut her head off with a wooden sword. It looked like a regular J-style sword, but it was made from wood.

Once he cut her head off, it flew off and landed in the deep fryer. Then the shop owner took the head, which had instantly cooked, and put it in a bowl of ramen and served it to a waiting customer.

Then, last night, I couldn’t get to sleep. When I fell asleep I had a dream that I went to Hell. I don’t remember all the details. I just remember I had to destroy someone. That person was Melissa Joan Hart, but at the same time it wasn’t her. I ended up sitting on her chest and digging my thumb and forefinger into her eyes. I pushed so hard that blood gushed out.

That was when I woke up.

Published by Emily Duncan, on August 7th, 2006 at 7:30 am. Filled under: Dreams,Life in Japan Tags: , , No Comments

フルーツ カレー


Yesterday I had to leave school early. I felt so exhausted. I told the folks I was sick and, not having taken byokyu (sick leave) all year, I got to go home after Difficult Sensei’s class. Then I slept from about 10am-5pm. I had some weird dreams. In one of which fireballs were falling from the sky.

I wasn’t here in the dream. I was in Athens-not-Athens.

I dream about copies of actual places a lot.

I don’t know what it means. I guess if I write it down now I can revisit it later.

And this weekend I had a dream in which I was visiting a covered shopping area. Not specifically the one in my town, but that same style. The bigger spaces were lit, but there were paths extending from the main area that were completely dark. There were no people around, and I was trying to get back to the main road. An uncovered and bright place. There were no people around, so I was trying to run. But I couldn’t. Rather I was running in that stupid slow motion that you do in dreams.

Today was much better. Especially since I got to go to my class of smartasses today. I always tell the kids not to be afraid of making mistakes, and these kids really follow that advice. When we were asking the kids if they knew the meanings of certain English words from the new chapter in Japanese, one of which was “whether.” One boy actually gave the Japanese word for “weather.”

It was great that he was actually trying!

Published by Emily Duncan, on June 27th, 2006 at 8:16 am. Filled under: Dreams,Life in Japan Tags: , , No Comments