anyone else who gets these visions in their sleep.
I'm not one who believes dreams have underlying meanings. I think these images are combinations of thoughts I've had and images I've seen during the day. These occur more often now that I'm painting because I view the world as one potential drawing or painting after another. However, I remember a number of times in past years when I wasn't actively painting or thinking about art when I would see images that were masterpieces (at least in my mind). At those times I woke up excited but then became disappointed that I either couldn't remember details or didn't feel confident I could actually paint them. I've since forgotten those images. I find it interesting that I woke so excited about what I had seen. That I saw them as actual paintings. They just popped into my mind at random times. I can't really explain why that happened. There have also been times when I've woken up and realized the image was not as good as I had felt it was when I was dreaming it.