Saturday, August 9, 2008

Dreaming of Buses

I don't remember dreaming about buses before except when I am leaving my dream downtown. Let me explain. I have dreamscapes that are fairly constant.
So having three bus dreams in a few days is unusual. In this one the driver has left his seat and as the bus starts to roll downhill, I have to get in the driver's seat and steer it. It comes close to hitting trees and toppling off the road but I manage to get it to the bottom of the hill. Once there, I can't get it started up the next hill, and using typical dream logic, I back the bus back up to the starting point and try again. The second time goes much smoother as I don't have any near misses with trees or ditches.
I Photoshopped a photo of the Smokey Mountains by squeezing them vertically to get steeper hills, and then raw sketched and colored each hill. Then I dropped in sections of curvy highway and gave each one a similar treatment. I think the dashboard was a Porsche but it had the wrong proportions so it had to be stretched and have a longer hood to look like a yellow bus before I did the raw sketching and coloring. The dream really was as vivid as what I came up with but I don't know how to convey the out of control movement of the bus. I don't give much credence to dream symbolism but this was interesting enough to include.


Dieverdog said...

Neat interpretation... I think the angle of the bus makes it feel like it's careening dangerously like you described. Sounds like a lot of work, but it turned out great! It seems like you must feel the need to get control of something... and it takes a few tries to get it under control. Just my thoughts on how you could interpret it. I can't say as I've had any bus dreams, but I think my out-of-control dreams tend to show up as tornadoes or natural disasters! Glad you shared it.

Kate Markey said...

It's very different than what you usually do- less tidy. But I really like it; it conveys just what you described in your dreams.