Almost every time I put my work on display, whether at gallery or art market, someone asks me where I get my inspiration from.
If you regularly follow my blog, you know that my inspiration can come from almost anywhere: a song, a news event, or even something that happened 100 years ago.
This time, this piece, my work was inspired by a dream.
Ordinarily, I don't remember my dreams. At least, I usually forget them within a few moments of waking, but this one stayed with me. I'm not certain why as it wasn't particularly insightful or life changing, but stay with me it did.
It opens, as clearly as I can recall, with me interviewing for a job by Sandra Bullock. It seems that she has a part in a movie in which she plays a mermaid. To really get into her role as mermaid, she has adopted a pet dolphin.
She needs to go out for the evening so naturally she needs a pet sitter. That is the job she wants to hire me for, her dolphin sitter.
She explains to me that the dolphin will shortly be arriving on the bus, but I need to be careful as the dolphin is not an ordinary dolphin.
Apparently, her dolphin is difficult to deal with and has an unpleasant personality.
Fair enough. We greet the dolphin as it hops off the bus; her strange land hopping dolphin with a flat face that happens to be the size of a small dog.
We take the dolphin inside and Sandra gives me a last minute list of chores.
Apparently, one of the tasks for her dolphin sitter involves chopping a ten pound ham into tiny bits and then feeding them to the dolphin.
She leaves and I get to work on the ham. After I am about half way through, I decide to start tossing small bits to the dolphin in case it has become hungry.
Inexplicably, the small dolphin has turned into a dachshund.
In my dream, this does not bother me at all and I start to feed the dog its ham.
On a slightly less bizarre note, I haven't been doing the usual round of art markets.
The heat has just been too brutal.
I simply cannot handle sitting out in the sun from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon so I won't be in New Orleans this Saturday although I plan on being back next month and for the rest of the year.
Similarly, instead of being in Lafayette for the Farmers Market at the Horsefarm, I spent this past weekend indoors vending at Mechacon.
It was amazing fun. The attendees were dazzling in their cosplay. I loved every moment of it.
Now, I will be back at the Baton Rouge Art Market next Saturday (it ends at noon so I'm hoping the heat won't be quite as brutal earlier in the day).
Also, next Saturday night is "Flight 524".
There will be amazing music and fire dancing as well as spectacular art from local Baton Rouge artists (including mine!).
If you are going to be in the area, you should absolutely come out for what promises to be a fantastic time!